Jim McIlroy

On May 8, 1970, one of the greatest mass mobilisations in Australia's history took place — the first Vietnam Moratorium against the country’s involvement in the murderous US-led invasion of Indochina. Participant Jim McIlroy reflects on the political lessons.

Planet Earth wearing a PPE mask

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg chose the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to add her voice to the push for society to “tackle two crises at once” — the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, writes Jim McIlroy.

Virgin and Qantas planes

The federal government's determination to pursue a market solution not only jeopardises Virgin employees' jobs, it flies in the face of finding an ecological solution to long-distance travel, argues Jim McIlroy.

Ruby Princess crew members are still aboard the virus-ridden ship, reports Jim McIlroy, but the Maritime Union of Australia is fighting for their rights.

The international day of workers’ struggle, May 1, is going ahead in Sydney with a safe union-led car cavalcade, writes Jim McIlroy.

Unions have slammed the government’s handling of the crew still on board the Ruby Princess as inhumane, reports Jim McIlroy.

The federal government’s JobKeeper package will be a relief for about 6 million workers, but more than a million workers will be left to fend for themselves, writes Jim McIlroy.

More than 60 vehicles joined a car convoy on April 9 to demand the federal government give all workers a living wage as part of its COVID-19 stimulus package, report Rachel Evans and Jim McIlroy.

Maritime Union of Australia officials are angry that some container corporations are operating as if they were not part of the global pandemic and putting the lives of workers at risk, reports Jim McIlroy.

Who should pay for the more than $300 billion COVID-19 stimulus packages? Rather than shifting the cost on to workers and the poor, Jim McIlroy points to an alternative solution.

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