25 July 2009

National Day of Action for Same Sex Marriage

This unionist will showing solidarity with his gay and lesbian comrades by attending a rally: the National Day of Action for Same-Sex Marriage. It is disappointing that most unions have not done more to promote this event. Certainly the Australian Services Union through its GLAM network does an awesome job of highlighting issues being faced by gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-gender members.

Sadly, many unions don't follow their lead. I encourage all unionists to attend an event being run Saturday 1 August in your capital city - for more information check out this link: http://www.equallove.info/node/16/

08 July 2009

Australian Fair Pay Commission - good riddance to bad rubbish

Well yesterday Prof Ian Harper and the dropkicks at the so-called Fair Pay Commission, one of the last remnants of Work Choices, handed down their wages review for 2009. And the result of months of intensive inquiries and multiple submissions - nothing.

That's right, workers reliant on awards for their wage rises will receive absolutely nothing in 2009. Employers have successfully used the Rudd tax cuts and economic stimulus as a way of avoiding any contribution to getting this country out of deep economic shit.

From March 2008 - March 2009 the Consumer Price Index rose 2.5%, yet workers on the lowest wages won't get an additional cent off employers - and these are the most vulnerable workers too. Ones that are not on union negotiated agreements.

Well Professor Harper, I won't be sad to see the back of you. You're a pathetic excuse for an impartial arbitrator. You won't save any jobs with this stupid move - just make the working poor even more poor and line the pockets of employers. Hope you choke on your caviar you rich fuck.

04 July 2009

Fair Work Act begins

So all industrial players now must adjust to the brave new world that is the Fair Work Act 2009. It'll be interesting to see how the laws play out. The opening of Fair Work Australia was used by the employers to urge caution against following American jurisprudence. I don't know what to make of that. I certainly don't want America's anti-union society.

It will be good to have more rights for workers, such as those unfairly dismissed. Nothing is more depressing than telling a worker that because they worked in a workplace with less than 100 employees, they had no right to take their grievances any further.