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Workers must not pay the cost of climate-fuelled bushfire disasters

This article was originally published in The Canberra Times. The bush fire crisis exposes the failures of the Federal government and industry to prepare for the catastrophic impacts of global warming. And it also demonstrates that well-intentioned governments like the ACT Government, which last-year acknowledged …

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Member retention is a long road

Member recruitment or retention: what’s more important?

Without recruiting members, you don’t have a union. Without retaining existing members, you don’t have a union for very long. Here’s the challenge: signing up new members is easier to understand and to act upon. It’s easy for the union leadership (and in fact, anyone) …

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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 …

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Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

This blog post is 2 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Advance Australia Where?

This blog post is 3 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.These are the speaking notes of a speech given to Manning Clark House in September 2016. Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of …

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The dirty secret of opponents of penalty rates

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.With thanks to Rob Corr Recently, there has been a rush of business lobby groups from the retail and hospitality sectors talking about the terrible evils of weekend penalty rates. …

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Criminal charge unprecedented attack on workplace safety

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The trade union royal commission, in just three weeks, has attempted to unwind over a decade of work to improve the culture of safety at construction sites. Three years ago, …

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Australia and sales of uranium to India

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.This article was first published on The Guardian. At the height of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japanese prime minister Nato Kan was faced with a decision: would he …

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

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Global labour’s challenge to climate change

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Clicktivism or Slacktivism? Stop Coal Mining

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

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Digital leadership for unions

Does your union leadership “get” digital?

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Alex has spent his entire career working in the union and climate movements to build a better future for all. He is a committed unionist and activist, and has written on how progressive movements can win.

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