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Thanks Is Not Enough: Nurses in Australia on Strike

Thousands of nurses and midwives in New South Wales, Australia, went on strike yesterday. Their demand? Better pay and working conditions, especially after a pandemic that has been particularly hard for healthcare workers.

Layla Steed

February 16, 2022

Burning Its Own Backyard: Climate Deniers in the Australian Government

While Australia burns, killing more than one billion animals and ravaging the landscape, the Australian government is denying the link between the bushfires and climate change.

Carmin Maffea

January 13, 2020

The Sky is on Fire: Climate Catastrophe and the Urgency of Revolution

The unprecedented fires in Australia show the future that capitalism is preparing for all of us. A tiny number of capitalists are responsible for the worsening catastrophe, but only the working class has the power to save us.

Nathaniel Flakin

January 4, 2020

Australian Unions Face $100 Million Suit After Docks Struggle

Just weeks before last Christmas, a Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) delegate was sacked from the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) facility in the Port of Melbourne. Unionists and community members responded with a nineteen day around the clock picket that stopped all container movements in and out of the VICT terminal. Now unions are being sued by the company for up to AU$100 million (US$75-80 million).

Sean Robertson

January 25, 2018

Long on Rhetoric, Short on Detail: The Communist Party of Australia and the Hutchison Ports Dispute

The dispute that began in August 2015 with the sacking of 97 dock workers has been resolved. After months of negotiations between Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) representatives, a round of voluntary redundancies has occurred and a new enterprise agreement is now in place. The Communist Party of Australia (CPA), has printed its ‘analysis’ of this dispute, an analysis that is short on detail about the final outcome and long on windy rhetoric and Stalinist-style attacks against the so-called “ultra-left”.

Sean Robertson

February 16, 2016

Hutchison Ports Dispute Ends With Dozens of Voluntary Redundancies

The dispute that began on the night of August 6, 2015, when Hutchison Ports Australia (HPA) sacked 97 dockworkers (“wharfies”) by text message and email, has come to an end. So what was the end result of the dispute that some described as ‘the biggest confrontation on the Australian waterfront since the 1998 Patrick lock-out’?

Sean Robertson

January 27, 2016

Left Voice launches campaign for 97 sacked Australian dock workers

Supporters of the news website Left Voice have launched a campaign in solidarity with the 97 dock workers employed by Hutchison Ports Australia who were sacked by text message and email on the night of August 6.

Sean Robertson

August 29, 2015

Australia: 97 dock workers sacked by Hutchison Ports remain locked out

After a week of magnificent union and community solidarity with the 97 dock workers sacked by Hutchison Ports Australia, the battle for their reinstatement has gone to court.

Sean Robertson

August 20, 2015

Australia: Almost 100 dock workers sacked by Hutchison Ports

On August 6, at half an hour before midnight, almost 100 dock workers received text messages on their mobile telephones asking them to check their emails. These members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) unsuspectingly logged on to their accounts only to find out that Hutchison Ports Australia had sacked them all by email.

Sean Robertson

August 13, 2015