Unions

Jetstar forces through dodgy agreement

Jetstar management couldn't believe their luck when the results of a ballot on a new pay deal were released late last month. The company had put the agreement to a vote against the wishes...

Two workers dead in Sydney-Melbourne train derailment

Train driver John Kennedy and train pilot Sam Meintanis died in a horrific derailment at Wallan in late February. Serious questions about maintenance and potentially unsafe operating rules were raised by union officials in...

Coronavirus: Fighting the pandemic is a class issue

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is close to becoming a global pandemic – the WHO so far refuses to make this call, but many experts think that point has already been reached. ** Global capitalism is staring...

Teachers: Overworked and undervalued

School teachers work an average of 15 hours unpaid overtime per week. This is equivalent to around $18,000 in lost wages per year. The Socialist recently sat down with a secondary school teacher, and...

Google workers get organised

In November 2019, over 2300 cafeteria workers employed at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, California – including the tech giant’s main headquarters – voted to unionize. This is an important step forward...

Capitalism: Inadequate in the face of bushfire disaster

Australia is facing longer periods of fire danger. Catastrophic fires are becoming more likely as the climate changes due to global warming. The capitalist system is responsible for the climate crisis. It is also...

Metro dispute: Court says no right to strike

In early December the Federal Court ruled in favour of Metro Trains, upholding a decision stopping the Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) from organising protected industrial action in defence of decent wages and...

Interview with a Jetstar worker

Workers from the airline Jetstar have taken strike action over the past few weeks. The Socialist spoke to a rank and file member of the Transport Workers Union about the dispute. ** The Socialist: Jetstar baggage...

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