Workers' Liberty Australia

Submitted by Janet on 4 April, 2016 - 12:00

A page for and about Workers' Liberty supporters in Australia.


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Queensland MUA conference: injecting class politics

Report of the ‘Get Wise, Organise!’ Queensland MUA branch biennial conference

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 69 (Summer 2017/2018) includes:
• The (un)Fair Work Act has to go
• Bill Shorten winning over business?
• Launching Change the Rules
• Religious right routed in marriage equality “vote”
• Northcote By-election
• Queensland MUA global solidarity conference: injecting class politics
• Fake housing shortage: homes not investments
• Why the British Leyland shop stewards lost
• Catalonia: rights and unity
• Zimbabwe power struggle: no gain for workers
• Paradise papers: Seize their wealth
• Capitalist disease, Australian politics and a Marxist response: conference greetings

Workers Liberty newsletter No. 68 August/September 2017

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• Independent working-class representation in politics.

• A workers’ government, based on and accountable to the labour movement.

• A workers’ charter of trade union rights — to organise, to strike, to picket effectively, and to take solidarity action.

• Public ownership of essential industries, and taxation of the rich to fund renewable energy and environmental protection, decent public services, homes, education and jobs for all.

• A workers’ movement that fights all forms of oppression. Full equality for women, and social provision to free women from domestic labour. For reproductive justice: free abortion on demand; the right to choose when and whether to have children. Full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Indigenous control of indigenous affairs. Working class unity against racism.

• Free refugees, let them stay, right for workers to remain in Australia without insecurity of short term visas.

• Global solidarity against global capital — workers everywhere have more in common with each other than with their capitalist or Stalinist rulers.

• Democracy at every level of society, in trade unions, and from the smallest workplace or community to global social organisation.

• Equal rights for all nations, against imperialists and predators big and small.

• Maximum left unity in action, and openness in debate.


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Are Australian unions going to Change the Rules?

Submitted by Janet on 7 March, 2018 - 11:49 Author: Editorial

What a welcome surprise it was for union activists to hear defiance of the bosses, and passion for workers’ rights, from an ACTU Secretary, while she makes a point of attending picket lines and workers’ disputes. Is the movement going to be turned around after years of decline, and start to deliver surprises of substance for Australian workers?

“Get informed and talk about what you find out”

Submitted by Janet on 5 March, 2018 - 10:56
Taking back our penalty rates RAFFWU logo

Retail and Fast Food Workers – building solidarity on the job

Most Retail and Fast Food Workers Union members are the only member in their workplace. Janet Burstall of Workers’ Liberty spoke with a RAFFWU member from Melbourne who has organised around 20 of his fellow workers at a Woolworths store to join up in only a few months. We asked Loukas how he made the difference.

Northcote By-election

Submitted by SJW on 21 November, 2017 - 12:17 Author: Riki Lane

In a historic loss for the ALP, Lidia Thorpe has won the inner city seat of Northcote for the Greens, taking their lower house members of parliament to three. The ALP had held the seat for 90 years, but there has been an ongoing process of gentrification and swings to the Greens in inner city suburbs in the large cities. State ALP figures are seriously concerned they could be forced into a coalition or minority government at the next election.

Religious right routed in Australian marriage equality “vote”

Submitted by SJW on 21 November, 2017 - 12:06 Author: Riki Lane
Marriage Equality

Australia’s “postal survey” on same-sex marriage saw a resounding victory for LGBT+ equality.

61.6% said yes to marriage equality, and over 12 million people (79.5%) participated in this voluntary, non-binding poll — a higher rate than the Brexit vote.

All states had a yes majority, and 133/150 electorates voted yes, including almost all regional and rural ones.
However, 12 electorates in Western Sydney voted no. These were mostly Labor-held, with working-class, largely immigrant populations.

Queensland votes on 25 November

Submitted by Matthew on 8 November, 2017 - 8:51

The Labor minority government in the Australian state of Queensland has called an early election for the state’s unicameral parliament on 25 November.

Current polls show Labor at around 37% or 38% — what it had at the last election in 2015 — and the main conservative party, the LNP, down from 41% to 34% or 35%.

But the demagogic right-wing One Nation Party, Queensland’s equivalent of UKIP, is at 18% at some polls after going down to 0.9% in 2015.