Workers & unions

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association will have its first openly contested leadership election since 2003 in October. Niko Leka reports.

National Tertiary Education Union members went on strike at the University of Newcastle and UTS for job security, manageable workloads, fair pay and for casuals to be given permanent contracts. Steve O'Brien and Kerry Smith report.

 

An NTEU picket line at the University of Sydney in June.

Progressive, grassroots activism was the winner in tightly contested elections for the NTEU Branch Committee and National Council elections at the University of Sydney. Markela Panegyres reports.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s aggressive cost-cutting program at the start of the pandemic has been blamed for Qantas’s poor performance. Jim McIlroy argues Labor’s decision to privatise Qantas in the early 1990s is the root cause.

Green Left on Tik Tok

Readers can now connect with Green Left on the video-sharing platform TikTok. Isaac Nellist reports.

Retail workers at Apple stores across the country have applied to the Fair Work Commission to take industrial action for a fair enterprise agreement. Isaac Nellist reports.

Readings workers are resisting a two-year wage freeze and demanding a living wage, secure jobs and better working conditions. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

Ground crew workers employed by Dubai National Air Travel Agency (dnata) called off a planned strike after reaching an in principle agreement on a new enterprise agreement. Jim McIlroy reports.

Thousands of childcare workers walked out across the country as part of their campaign for better pay and conditions. Jim McIlroy reports.

The union movement faces big challenges in ensuring that any changes to bargaining extends workplace rights and protections. Sarah Hathway reports.

Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Pocock pays tribute to Barbara Ehrenreich, best known for her “classic of social justice literature”, Nickel and Dimed, who died on September 1.

There is a big gap between the headlines and the reality facing skilled migrants trying to find employment in their profession. Khaled Ghannam reports.

Workers at Readings bookshops in Victoria are taking industrial action for a living wage, secure jobs and better working conditions. Isaac Nellist reports.

A rank-and-file ticket is contesting executive and council positions in the WA branch of the Australian Nursing Federation in late October. Chris Jenkins, who is part of it, reports.

 

Ukraine

Vladyslav Starodubtsev, an activist with Ukrainian democratic socialist organisation Sotsialnyi Rukh (Social Movement), discusses the state of the war and its impact on progressive forces.

Enough is enough mural

Anti*Capitalist Resistance activist Phil Hearse discusses the debates on the British left over Ukraine and the rise of the Enough is Enough cost of living campaign.

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