Tag: ACTU

Global labour’s challenge to climate change

I originally published this on The GuardianĀ 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 […]

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Is this the future of unions?

There is a tide starting to rise in the world of progressive activism, and unions in Australia and globally may get caught in it. The tide is comprised of decentralised, leaderless, temporary movements, empowered by online organising platforms like MoveOn, Change.org, Avaaz, Twitter and Facebook. These platforms have given everyday people unprecedented power to come […]

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The ACTU Organisers Conference saw the launch of the election year advertisements from Australia’s labour movement. I’ll be writing up some highlights of the Organisers Conference (you can see some of the tweets using the #powerup hashtag) later, including some interesting campaigns that were showcased. In the meantime, here are the ACTU ads.

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I recently had a debate with a friend about new media versus old media. One of the points I made was that journalists at major newspapers and TV stations are just as likely as PR spin doctors and politicians to be pushing a line. Furthermore, I argued that journalists “beat up” stories to get copy […]

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