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Dalfram Dispute (Manning Clark House)

The following are speaking notes for my speech at the Manning Clark House showing of the documentary “Dalfram Dispute 1938: Pig Iron Bob” (directed by Sandra Pires and the Why Documentaries Team in 2015). === Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet,…

Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

The following are the speaking notes for a speech given at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association conference in Canberra in March 2018. === Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present. Two-worlds….

Sorry policy-makers, the two-degrees warming policy is a road to disaster

Originally posted on my Guardian blog. Global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a timely analysis on economic growth and carbon emissions, which makes the point that there is a “disconnect between the global climate negotiations aiming for a 2°C limit on global warming, but national pledges may only manage to limit it to 3°C, and…

Global labour’s challenge to climate change

I originally published this on The Guardian and am republishing it here. At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke at a climate conference in Toronto. His message was simple: “there is nothing more important facing humanity than the dangers of a warming planet. We…

Activism or “Slacktivism”? Are we a nation of online slackers?

Sunday Style had a feature article by freelance journalist Sarah Ayoub, looking at online activism, an article for which I was interviewed a few months ago. Last month it was Facebook friends urging me to sign a petition to save Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death for alleged apostasy in Sudan, at the same…

Does your union leadership “get” digital?

Research undertaken in 2012 by pro-union academic Panos Panagiotopoulos found that globally, unions are increasingly viewing digital tools as essential to improving communications and member engagement. Over 61% of unions said that digital was considered a “priority” given budget and time constraints. Since then, it’s clear that the capabilities and benefits of digital tools (including web, email,…