James Wyner recounts how the life of unionist, labour organiser and local government representative Issy Wyner was shaped by the difficult economic times he and his parents lived through.
Workers & unions
The aged care system is showing all the signs of just how a degraded privatised sector works, writes Katherine Davis.
The organising efforts of precariously employed workers in higher education was the topic of an all-day “Organise Your University Right Now” Zoom symposium, reports Jonathan Strauss.
Three unions have called for the scrapping of the working holiday visa program, claiming it will lead to better wages. But will it? Or is it an excuse to scapegoat and play the nationalist card, asks Zane Alcorn.
The main lesson from the disgraceful treatment of the elderly during the pandemic is that the privatisation of residential aged care must end, says Sue Bolton.
Pressure is mounting on New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to resign after revelations of financial scandals involving the state’s workers’ compensation scheme, reports Jim McIlroy.
The Maritime Union of Australia has won an important victory as the Federal Court ruled seafarers who organised a two-month sit-in to protect their jobs had not broken the law, reports Kerry Smith.
Workers at the Woolworths Distribution Centre at Wyong have voted to accept an improved offer from their employer and return to work, reports Kathy Fairfax.
The University of Melbourne once enjoyed a reputation of being the highest-ranked tertiary institution in Australia. Now, it has been exposed as being among the top tertiary educational institutions for wage theft, reports Leo Crnogorcevic.
Shaming is a counter-productive way of dealing with those who flout the rules. But, as Alex Bainbridge argues, it is designed to deflect attention from the systemic failures in dealing with COVID-19.