Alex’s blog about strategy, campaigning, growth, politics and climate (among other things).

  • Should unions fundraise?

    Should unions fundraise?

    In this issue, I want to address the question “Should unions fundraise?” This is a question that occasionally gets debated, and for many (most?) union leaders, the answer is “no”. The reasons vary, but mostly come back to the notion that it’s not right for unions to ask for money from members who already pay […] Read more

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

    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 the climate emergency, must do far more to protect workers […] Read more

  • Battlelines

    Battlelines

    Effective campaign and political communications is not about unity. It’s about division. This is something Tony Abbott knew very well. It’s something that Scott Morrison knows very well. Choosing your dividing lines, your battlelines, is the art of winning. The military has a lot to say about picking battle-lines — whole books of strategy. (As […] Read more

  • Unions are (badly) losing the data arms-race

    Unions are (badly) losing the data arms-race

    An arms race is under way that will deeply affect the future for working people, in Australia, and everywhere. It’s not about who is building next-generation nuclear weapons or who controls South-China Sea. Instead, it’s a struggle over who controls data, who has the best data, how unions use data to achieve industrial and political […] Read more

  • Member recruitment or retention: what’s more important?

    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) to see the direct link between organisers visiting a workplace, […] Read more

  • Does anyone read your union’s journal?

    Does anyone read your union’s journal?

    This will be a fairly short post, and it focuses on the vexed issue of union journals/magazines. Most unions have a regular journal or magazine. But I would bet that it’s not a priority for your union. I’d further bet that All of this is rhetorical way for me to suggest that many unions don’t […] Read more