Issue 3 - May

Solidarity Magazine #3 – Taxis drivers show how to fight

Letters

Bring on boss freedom day Those wacky right wing free marketers at the Centre For Independent Studies (CIS) came up with the idea of "Tax...

Struggle can reverse union membership decline

NEW FIGURES showing a dramatic drop in union membership in 2007 highlight the challenges facing the labour movement as it attempts to rebuild after...

The NT intervention and the new politics of assimilation

CURRENTLY THOUSANDS of Aboriginal people from outstations and remote communities in the Northern Territory are living in unstable conditions in the major urban centres...

Victorian teachers show the way to win

After three state-wide strikes and five weeks of rolling stoppages, some Victorian teachers have won large pay increases of 10 and 15 per cent...

Free market fails housing needs

The US subprime mortgage crisis has seen hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their homes. In Australia, between 1985 and 2004, incomes doubled-but house...

Boeing strike beats anti-union laws

WORKERS AT Boeing subsidiary Hawker de Havilland in Port Melbourne have successfully defied anti-strike laws to take action in defence of a sacked workmate....

Fear and fantasy in the ‘war on terror’

The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America Susan Faludi Scribe Publications, $35 COULD SEPTEMBER 11 really be blamed on the women's movement? Why did...

Dave Kerin faces jail for supporting strikers

Six months after Labor's election, unionists are still fighting Howard's laws. Dave Kerin of Union Solidarity has been summonsed by the workplace ombudsman to...

Why is Iemma obsessed with privatisation

THE NSW Labor party has been wracked by a bitter dispute over the government's attempt to privatise the power industry. Labor Premier Morris Iemma's...

US union takes strike action against the war

MAY DAY in the US this year was marked by dockworkers along the West Coast taking industrial action against the US-led wars in Iraq...

ALP member–anger against privatisation in the party runs deep

Solidarity spoke to Robyn Fortescue, from the Darlington Labor party branch The rank-and-file members within the party have always been opposed to privatisation and it's...

Egypt–protests riock US-backed regime

RIOTS IN Egypt against a government crackdown have shaken the regime of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak. On April 6, Mubarak's security forces pre-empted a...

Revolt against privatisation

Iemma and Costa have made clear their determination to push ahead with privatisation despite their crushing defeat at the ALP state conference. But there...

Cairo conference calls for unity

IN LATE March this year the sixth Cairo Conference was held. Hundreds of representatives from opposition parties and organisations including the Muslim Brotherhood...

The real roots of the food crisis

STRIKES, PROTESTS and riots over the cost and availability of food have swept across Burkina Faso, Somalia, Cameroon, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Senegal,...

Boycotts- nationalism and the Olympics

GEORGE ORWELL wrote sport "is war minus the shooting". The tension that exists between states gets expressed in and around sporting events and the...

Marx’s theory–explaining the credit crisis

Neoliberalism has dominated economic and social policy for the best part of three decades. This ideology claims that the economy and society can be...

Editorial–Push for the pay we lost under Howard

Wayne Swan and Kevin Rudd are rushing to claim the high ground in the "fight against inflation" after delivering their first budget. Swan says that...

Wide opposition to new Melbourne freeway

Wide opposition to new Melbourne freeway Activists can press for governments to act on climate change by opposing freeway construction and demanding improved public transport. In...

ACTU joins Labor government’s ‘inflation fight’

ON MARCH 4, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) announced its support for a new proposal to transfer this year's planned $31 billion...

Climate camp–key step in wider campaign

The Climate Camp in Newcastle (10-15 July) will bring together climate activists from around Australia. It will be held at a pivotal time for the...

Northern Territory intervention–Rolling out the racism

WITH THE ALP's promised review into the first year of the NT intervention due to begin in July, there are new crises cracking the...

Rudd’s addiction to ‘clean coal’ no way forward

Why is the Rudd government so keen on "clean coal" as a solution to the climate crisis? The coal industry's power as a section of...

Mutijulu elder visits Sydney to speak out againt intervention

ONE HUNDRED and twenty people packed a meeting of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition in Redfern in April to hear first-hand the impact of the...

Budget won’t undo Howard’s legacy

THE RUDD government's first budget is a mixture of small mercies and big crimes. There is a $10 tax cut for low-waged workers, an...

Artists tackle anti-Muslim racism

Fear of a Brown Planet Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain THIS BRILLIANT stand-up comedy show was part of both the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Sydney...

2020–the summit vision in hindsight

Kevin Rudd talked about "opening a window on our democracy to let some fresh air in." But how fresh was the 2020 summit? If imitation...

Taxi drivers win victory for driver safety

On April 30 hundreds of taxi drivers blockaded one of Melbourne's busiest intersections, at Flinders and Swanston streets, for 22 hours. The Victorian government...

Campaign to defend G20 arrestees continues

Almost 60 people attended a Melbourne public meeting in solidarity with those arrested following the protest against the G20 summit in 2006. The meeting...

1968–the year the world revolted

Of all the articles, features, memoirs and books devoted to 1968, "The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After", by Chris Harman, the editor of...

Union to defy Howard-era watchdog

Noel Washington, an official with Construction Division of the Victorian CFMEU, will be called before a court after refusing to be interrogated by the...

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