Jim McIlroy

Sydney unionists joined a car convoy to express solidarity with Sonic Health workers in Britain fighting unfair dismissal for standing up for their rights under the COVID-19 lockdown, reports Jim McIlroy.

The federal government's decision to wind back JobKeeper for early childcare educators will make life a lot harder for workers and families, write Jacob Andrewartha and Jim McIlroy.

Nurses rallied outside New South Wales parliament and across the state on June 2 to reject the state government’s attempt to impose a 12-month pay freeze on 400,000 public servants, including nurses and paramedics, report Jim McIlroy and Kerry Smith.

The controversial Snowy Hydro 2.0 project in southern New South Wales is a step closer to being realised after the state government gave approval for its construction, reports Jim McIlroy.

Calls are growing for early childhood education to move away from the for-profit model, writes Jim McIlroy.

The Fair Work Commission has ruled in favour of McDonald’s bid to waive overtime rates and set shifts for part-timers under the fast food award, reports Jim McIlroy and Pip Hinman.

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union is opposing the state government’s moves to fully privatise Sydney’s buses, saying it will hurt commuters and transport workers, reports Jim McIlroy.

A protest against McDonald's efforts to undermine the award of already underpaid workers was organised in Sydney, reports Jim McIlroy.

Jack Mundey, a path breaker in militant unionism and a pioneer of the Green Bans movement in Australia, leaves a lasting legacy and a set of challenges for ecologists and socialists, writes Jim McIlroy.

The Bylong Valley Protection Alliance has formally been accepted as part of the court case battling to save a valley near Mudgee, New South Wales, from being destroyed by a huge open-cut coal mine, reports Jim McIlroy.

Aged care home Newmarch House has become the new epicentre of COVID-19 in New South Wales. Jim McIlroy reports how privatisation and deregulation of aged care has contributed to the neglect.

Dr Deb Foskey, a decades-long fighter for the environment and long-time member of the Greens, died on May 1 after a 12-month struggle with cancer, writes Jim McIlroy.

About 100 vehicles joined a car convoy in Sydney on May 1 to mark May Day, the international day of workers’ solidarity, reports 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.

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