24 December 2019

All I want for Christmas is decriminalisation of sex work

This Christmas Eve we are talking to Eva from Decrim Qld about the reality of sex work, the laws regarding sex work in queensland, the difficulties and dangers they pose to sex workers, and the campaign for decriminalisation of sex work. We also talk a bit about the intercourse between sex work and feminism.

Songs played
Billy Bragg - The Internationale
Thelma Plum - Better in Blak
Emily Wurramara - Black Boy
K.Flay - Blood In The Cut
Cardi B - Money
Phantastic Ferniture - Fuckin 'n' Rollin
Some Jerks - A Million Girls
Roo - Malicious Delicious
Valley Latini - Pay My Rent
Yothu Yindi - Treaty

17 December 2019

Organising paramedics (not ambulance drivers).

Left to right - Jaxom, Dan, Debbie, Feargal

This week we are joined by Debbie, lead organiser for paramedics in the United Workers Union, and Dan, delegate for UWU and a paramedic himself. We discuss the experiences of paramedics on the job including violence and mental health issues, as well as the experience of organising paramedics.

Songs played
Midnight Oil - Cold Cold Change
Bwgcolman Mob - Time Will Tell
Nickelback - When We Stand Together
Strawbs - Part Of The Union
Billy Bragg - There Is Power In A Union
WAAX - Same Same
Kate Tempest - Europe Is Lost
Zounds - War/Subvert
Warumpi Band - Secret War
Bitumen - Twice Shy
Last Quokka - Privilege

16 December 2019

Follow up interview with Bob Carnegie.

Left to right - Bill, Feargal, Bob

Janet Burstall from Workers' Liberty in Australia recorded a follow up interview with Bob Carnegie to explore further the ideas that were brought up in our show in November. And we were all too happy to host it on our website.

10 December 2019

A very striking week. UWU fights the rotten PMFresh, and First Union cottons on to Cotton On in NZ.

Left to Right - Bill, Imogen, Feargal

This week we are joined by Imogen, who is an organiser for the United Workers Union, to talk about a potential strike at PMFresh, which supplies salads to various businesses such as Hungry Jack's or Woolworths. The strike has now been called off as all the demands were met.
We also talk to Ben, who is an organiser for First Union, to talk about the Cotton On workers' strike.

Songs played
Strawbs - Part Of The Union
Thelma Plum - Better in Blak
Indigenoise - Shrap
Billy Bragg - There Is Power in a Union
Gerry and the Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone
Tape/Off - Work Xmas Party
The Stress of Leisure - I Wanna Be Adult
Endless Summer - Full Power Happy Hour
Split Enz - I See Red
First Beige - Desire
Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty

04 December 2019

Workers Power debut

No guests but plenty to talk about. With action from CFMEU - Construction & General, MEAA, AMIEU Queensland Branch, Independent Education Union - Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, and a special report on lots of action from the new fighting union United Workers Union including a Scallywag looking for redemption. Our Scallywag of the week is perfect example of one rule for us and one rule for them. We also have international struggle and local events. Phew! You can see why we need 2 hours.

Songs played
The Clash - Something About England
Warumpi Band - Blackfella/Whitefella
The Mob - Speak With Me
Class War - Killin Us
Ausecuma Beats - You Never Know
Glomesh - Factory Heart
Redskins - Unionise
Adele & The Chandeliers - German On My Mind
Majestic Horses - Call You Out
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man

27 November 2019

Negotiating for catholic school workers, Free West Papua, and workplace injuries.

Left to right - Feargal, Brad, Bill

Welcome to the final episode of The Workers Hour, as we are now Workers Power, and we will have a two hour show from 10-12am Tuesday. This week we are joined by Brad, the assistant secretary of the Independent Education Union, QLD and NT branch. To discuss the ongoing EBA negotiations for catholic school workers. Then we have Ash Brennan, who has been organising solidarity gigs for the Free West Papua Campaign, come to the Rockin' for West Papua gig at Banshees Bar & Artspace this Saturday at 7pm. Finally we have Ganesh from Sciaccas Lawyers to discuss how to deal with all the legalities involved when fate deals you a workplace injury.
The Internet Archive, which we use to host the recordings of this show, is running a 2 to 1 matching campaign, so any donations you make to it will be tripled. To support Workers Power, along with all the other amazing work that The Internet Archive does, consider donating.

Songs played
Roaring Jack - The Lads of the B.L.F.
Bwgcolman Mob - Time Will Tell
Doxa - Carrier
Ska-P - El Vals del Obrero
Some Jerks - A Million Girls
Roo - Malicious Delicious
The Saints - Know Your Product
Billy Bragg - There Is Power in a Union
Dropkick Murphys - Worker's Song
Tia Gostelow - Vague Utopia
Civil Villains - Soapbox
Midnight Oil - Kosciusko
The Dubliners - The Molly Maguires
The Chameleons - Up the Down Escalator
INXS - Mystify
David Bridie - Act of Free Choice
Last Quokka - Privilege

19 November 2019

The legendary Bob Carnegie, the IWW, the trade unions, and climate change

Left to right: Jaxom, Bob, Feargal

We've got another long show this week as we fill in for Echo Boom after they had their final show last week. Since Bill was off fighting for RAFFWU members we had Jaxom fill in for him.
We are joined by Bob Carnegie, former state secretary of the MUA, member of the IWW, and long-time working class activist, to discuss various topics including the IWW in the US, climate change, the state of trade unions in Australia and their future.
We also discuss solidarity unionism, and workers actions from the TWU, the ETU, the brand new UWU, and more.

Songs played
Last Quokka - Privilege
Drmngnow - Australia Does Not Exist
Billy Bragg - Joe Hill
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Against The Wind
Majestic Horses - Call You Out
Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows
Chakra Efendi - Morphine
Lunchtime - Deception Bay
Waax- FU
BOAT SHOW - I Don't Get It
flangipanis - Scully
The Clash - Up In Heaven
Alla Spina - Getting Nowhere
Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Hero
Birdz - Black Lives Matter
A.B. Original - 2 Black 2 Strong
Soundgarden - Blow Up The Outside World

13 November 2019

Macca's strike and other worker's action/news.

No guest this week so we are covering a bunch of news about workers' action in so-called Australia and around the world, including the McDonald's workers strike in London.

Songs played
Midnight Oil - Armistice Day
Jackie Brown Jr - Sauvignon Bogan
Diät - Young & Successful
The Go Set - The Miner's Son

05 November 2019

The ETU, the lock-on laws, and a just transition.

This week we speak to Stuart Traill, an organiser and assistant state secretary for the ETU, about the threat the new lock-on laws pose to the ETU and the union movement in general. And we talk about how we can have a just transition to renewable energy and the role that the ETU plays in that.

Songs played
Ewan MacColl - My Old Man
Indijjinus - Black Man
Billy Bragg - Which Side Are You On
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down
flangipanis - Scully

29 October 2019

The lock-on laws

This week we are joined by Alexis Pink from The Pineapple Rebellion to explain the process of its creation, what it does, and to clear up some misconceptions.
We also have further updates on Deebing Creek and other worker's actions around the country.

Songs played
Kate Tempest - Europe Is Lost
Lexicon - Shame
A.B. Original - 2 Black 2 Strong
Hard-Ons - It Seems Like I've Spent Every Penny That I've Earnt Today
WAAX - Same Same

22 October 2019

Update on Deebing Creek and report back on the rally for the right to protest

As workers rallied in Brisbane against Qld Labor's Summary Offences and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 we were at 4ZZZ bringing you the world famous The Workers Hour.
Not only did we discuss the Bill and subsequent rally but were joined by local anarchist and IWW member Jaxom Kerlin to report back on the rally that was organised by Action Ready.
We gave an update on Deebing Creek and announced the Scallywag of the Week. We have a real doozy this week.

Songs played
Last Quokka - Nazi Scum
Dispossessed - Warpath Never Ended
The Parameters - Pig City
Midnight Oil - Read About It
The Chats - Smoko

15 October 2019

The battle is over, but the war continues. Outcome of the O-I glass strike.

We are joined this week by Gary Rogers, and organiser for the ETU who has been involved in the O-I glass strike that has raged on for the past 15 weeks, finally coming to and end last Friday. Gary will fill us in on the outcome of the strike and join us as we cover the workers action going on this week in Australia and around the world.

Songs played
Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
Kerrianne Cox - Woman Got No History
Flangipanis - Piss In Your Beer
FriendlyFire - Unhinge and Rebel
Flatfoot 56 - Toil
Sunscreen - High Over Love

08 October 2019

Worker Action Special

We have no guest this week but plenty of workers action happening.
Some great news out of Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy. We also discuss action from RTBU, Australian Musicians Alliance, AMWU, CFMEU, RAFFWU, MUA, The Services Union, Together, AMIEU, and the ETU.
All this plus The Workers Hour's famous Scallywag of the week is announced.

Songs played
The Molotovs - Class Enemy
Birdz - Nations
Redgum - Killing Floor
Flangipanis - Getting By
Flangipanis - In The Bin

01 October 2019

Organising Transport Workers

This week, we have guest co-host, Kleon Toffetti whilst Feargal is on holidays. We also have Peter Biagini from Transport Workers Union in the studio to chat about Transport Workers action and what is involved in organising the transport industry.

We also have updates and news from: Deebing Creek, MEAA, AMWU, RAFFWU, and ETU, plus our Scallywag of the Week.

The IWW is putting on a panel discussion about the history of the IWW in Australia at the East Brisbane Bowls Club on the 27th of October. Find out more here.

Songs played
Billy Bragg - There Is Power in a Union
Thelma Plum - Better in Blak
Cold Chisel - Shipping Steel
The Chats - Identity Theft

24 September 2019

The Services Union and portable long service leave

Today on the show we were joined by The Services Union's lead organiser for social and community services workers, Justine Moran. Justine filled us in on the campaign to get portable long service leave, as well as some of the issues confronting social and community service workers in the industry.

First up though we give updates on first nations workers' actions happening across the country, in particular, the Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy, as well as the campaign to Save Deebing Creek Mission - who are holding a working bee this weekend, head on out there if you are free!

We also hear of workers actions around the country, and reveal this week's scallywag of the week!
And of course, a massive shoutout to striking O-I Glass workers of the ETU Queensland & NT, now into their 11th week on strike! Support the strike here.
And if you are eligible to join The Services Union, then head on over to their website and join your union!

Songs played
When Our Turn Comes - Climate Strike
B-Town Warriors - People of the red sunset
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
Some Jerks - A million girls
Weezer - Island in the sun

17 September 2019

The Workers Boom 2: Electric Boogaloo

This week, we once again fill in for Cam and Roo on Echo Boom to bring you a 3 hour episode of Workers Boom 2: Electric Boogaloo.

We speak to United Voice Lead organiser Linda and Delegate Kirsty to talk about some of the issues facing Early Childhood Educators as well as the efforts being by the union to organise and fight for better pay and conditions - The Big Steps Campaign.

In the second half of the show, we discuss United Voice's endorsement and decision to actively partake in the climate strike this coming Friday, as well as why it is a union issue, and something that all workers need to act upon.

Lastly we have a suprise visit from ETU rank and file member and O-I Glass striker Jesse, who joins us as we read out this weeks workers actions, and reveal our scallywag of the week - ENCO Seventeen Mile Rocks manager, Steven James!

Songs played
Faith No More - We Care A Lot
DRMNGNOW - Australia does not exist
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
The Bennie's - My Bike
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
A. Swayze & the Ghosts - Connect to Consume
Rage Against The Machine - Take The Power Back
Start Together - Az Nem Várhat
Redgum - Raggin'
The Interrupters - Take Back The Power
DZ Deathrays - Snake

10 September 2019

The Workers Boom

In Cam and Roos absence, Myself (Feargal) and Bill have taken over Echo Boom and brought in all our union mates to talk about industrial issues and play a few union favourites!

We are joined by: RTBU Queensland Branch assistant state secretary Tom Brown to talk about some of the issues confronting Bus Drivers; NUW organiser Isaac Avery to talk about issues facing farmers, warehouse workers, and the NUW active role in campaigning for the right to strike; and ETU organiser Gary Rogers talking to us about Asbestos silicosis.

And of course workers actions, the scallywag of the week, and upcoming events for the week.

Songs played
Billy Bragg - Power in a union
Thelma Plum - Better in black
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Waax - FU
Yeti Ghetto - New Love
Roo - Malicious Delicious
Living End - Roll On
Mode Atlanta - Song for the workers
Homeless Yellow - Nice Disease
Rage Against The Machine - Township Rebellion
Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mine
Pink - Funhouse
Twisted Sister - We're not gonna take it
Dropkick Murphys - Worker's song

03 September 2019

Tom and Alice from the Services Union

Today on the show we are joined by Alice and Tom, rank and file members of the Services Union, talking the campaigns being undertaken by the union, as well as some of the issues experienced by workers in the community and social services industy.

We also discuss workers action from Australian Unions who are organising First Nation Workers Leaders and news from Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, Updates from NTEU National Tertiary Education Union, AMWU - Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union and our comrades across the ditch at Unite Union.
We also chat solidarity with #HomeToBilo and our ETU Queensland & NT comrades on the picket line at OI-Glass.
All that plus our Scallywag of the Week. We have a flip flopper of a doozy this week.
Also breaking news from Retail and Fast Food Workers Union.

Songs played
Billy Bragg - The Internationale
Kev Carmody - From little things big things grow
Mahalia - Suprise me
Hang - The Short

27 August 2019

APN and the fight against the cashless welfare card

Jayden from Anti-Poverty Network QLD joins us to talk about the Raise The Rate!! Scrap The Card! rally and the struggle for a decent safety net for workers.

We will also talk about Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy and AMWU - Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union comrades great victory in the Federal court. So much more as well as the scallywag of the week - LNP candidate for Mayo, Georgina Dower!

Songs played
Crass - Do they owe us a living?
Wurrumpi Band - Sit Down Money
Sepultura - Refuse/Resist
Hearts and Rockets - Drama club
Plateau - Poor and Educated
The Chats - Bus Money

20 August 2019

CFMEU - Here for the Blue!

Today on the show we are joined by CFMEU union organiser Blake, and health and safety rep Hayden, both members of the CFMEU Youth Crew, talking to us about working conditions on construction sites.

Our Scallywag of the week, Scott Morrison opposing efforts to #raisetherate of Newstart, and the nomination from Hayden and Blake - foreign mining corp Glencore, who have been forced by ATO to open their books!

Plus updates on workers action being taken up by the RTBU, CPSU, Public Service Association, and Anti-Poverty Network SA (among others), to take a stand against efforts by the South Australian Liberal Party government to privatise public services.
And of course, a shout out to our Yuggera Ugarapul comrades fighting to Save Deebing Creek Mission, and our comrades in the ETU in their struggle to maintain their hard-fought for conditions at O.I. Glass South Brisbane.

Songs played
Dropkick Murphys - Worker's Song
Tia Gastelow - Vague Utopia
Her Nightmare - Class War
Rancid - Harry Bridges
The Dubliners - McAlpine's Fusiliers
Thigh Master - Mould Lines

13 August 2019

Deebing Creek documentary and MUA action at DP World

Today on the show we spoke to Maritime Union of Australia delegates, Craig and Matt, from DP World and Hutchinson terminals at the Port of Brisbane. We discussed the current EBA negotiations occurring at DP world, as well as got updates on conditions and struggles happening down at the port. We also talked about the solidarity efforts being taken to deepen the ties between Hutchinson dock workers in Australia and Indonesia, through affiliates of the ITF Dockers.
Once again the MUA demonstrating why they are our favourite union - leading the way in the effort to build international solidarity between workers of the west and the global south!

We Also talk to Terry Royan about the documentary he has made about about Deebing Creek mission, being screened this Saturday at Banshees Bar & Artspace in Ipswich at 6pm. Find out more at Save Deebing Creek Mission.

Songs played
Bruce Springsteen - Promised Land
Kev Carmody -Thou Shalt Not Steal
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer
Roo - Malicious Delicious

Radiothon Variety Show - 14th August 11am - 5pm at 4ZZZ
Deebing Creek documentary screening - 17th August 6pm at Banshees Bar
Picket to #MakeRideshareDrivingSafe - 19th August 9am - 5pm at 252 Montague Rd, West End
30yrs after Fitzgerald - Respect Inc - 21st August 1:30pm at Parliament House, Brisbane
Raise The Rate!! Scrap The Card! - 31st August 1pm - 3pm at Queens Park, Brisbane
Disgruntled Day - 7th September 2pm at Club Greenslopes

07 August 2019

RTBU delegate mentorship program

Today on the show we talk to RTBU rank and file member, and youth co-convenor Byron Cubit, about the delegate mentorship program he has developed for the union. We also cross over to our comrade Chris Bingham, for a live update on the Extinction Rebellion Protest in the CBD.

Updates from the CFMMEU, NUW, IEU, Together Union, HSU and AMWU.

This weeks Scallywag of the week:
Sash Japanese Sydney, in Surry Hills, directors Kyle Stagoll and Dave Nelson, who have blamed having to pay workers Award rates as the reason they went broke.

Songs played
The Pogues - Poor Paddy
Wilcannia Barkindji Soldiers - Heartbeat
Public Enemy - Fight the Power
Voiid - Dipshit
Mode Atlanta - Song for the Workers

30 July 2019

Interview with Max From Extinction Rebellion

Today on the show we are joined by Max from Extinction Rebellion, discussing the motivations behind Extinction Rebellion, and why workers and their organisations should get behind them, and take immediate action to fight climate change.

We also give updates on actions from the CFMMEU, MUA, MEAA, QTU, NUW, RTBU, and the ETU.

This week's scallywag of the week: Head of NIB Mark Fitzgibbon, for his call to have Australia adopt an American style medical insurance system and to scrap Medicare and make private health insurance compulsory.

Songs played
Redgum - Raggin
Warumpi Band - Secret War
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not be Televised
The Chats - Identity Theft
Clearing House - Die Early

27 July 2019

IWW Meanjin/Brisbane - Marxism 101

Penny from IWW Brisbane put on a Marxism 101 class.

1]Introductions about Karl Marx. 0min - 2min
2]Here comes Hegel! 2min - 11.50min
3]Hegel on the French Revolution. 11.50min - 14.50min
4]Bring on Napoleon! 14.50min - 16.50min
5]Young Marx finds Hegel. 16.50min - 19.45min
6]Marx is a newspaper editor (and writes The Communist Manifesto). 19.45min - 21.50min
7]Here comes Engels! 21.50min - 23.20min
8]1848 Revolutions. 23.20min - ?
9]Humans are social workers, labour is creative. ? - 29.50min
10]Materialism creates society – Base & Superstructure. 29.50min - 31.10min
11]Why do we have classes? 31.10min - 35.50min
12]The emergence of the state and revolt. 35.50min - 37.30min
13]History is made of class struggle. 37.30min - 39.20min
14]Ruling class contradictions and Adani. 39.20min - 41min
15]The façade of democracy - The state exists as a result of ruling class power. 41min - 44.05min
16]Class conflict exists everywhere in society, it's normal and irreconcilable. 44.05min - 46.45min
17]There are more than two classes. 46.45min - 47.45min
18]Historical Materialism vs Hegel. 47.45min - 49.50min
19]Examples from the French Revolution. 49.50min - 53.05min
20]The English Civil War breaking away from Feudalism. 53.05min - 55min
21]Industrial Revolution. 55min - 56min
22]Profit is the unpaid wages of labour. 56min - 1hr 1min
23]Reinvest in The Machine. 1hr 1min - 1hr 6.40min
24]Examples of the Fall of Profit – Destroy the Machine. 1hr 6.40min - 1hr 8.10min
25]The Crisis of Over-Production or Market Saturation. 1hr 8.10min - 1hr 13.30min
26]Australian Economic Crash. 1hr 13.30min - 1hr 15.40min
27]The other sites of crisis and the alienation of labour. 1hr 15.40min - 1hr 18.15min
28]Need to expand my markets!! Capitalists have a structural inability to solve collective issues like climate change. 1hr 18.15min - 1hr 19.20min
29]Karl Marx is an arsehole. 1hr 19.20min - 1hr 22.15min
30]Class consciousness, mobility, and meritocracy. 1hr 22.15min - 1hr 27.30min
32]Socialisation of labour. 1hr 27.30min - 1hr 29.30min
33]Marx on how to make a revolution (or not). 1hr 29min - 1hr 37.20min
34]Open house debate, economic reductionism, Abraham Lincoln, ecology, artificial scarcity, and more! 1hr 37.20min - 2hr 10min

23 July 2019

ETU workers on strike at O.I. Glass

Today on the show, we are joined by
ETU member, Matt, one of many O.I. Glass's workers currently on strike
in response to management's attempts to cut away workplace conditions.

We also announce our new segment of the show - Scallywag of the week!
drawing light to dodgy bosses. This week's scallywag is Masterchef
judge, George Calombaris. George takes out the title after cheating
workers out of over $8 million dollars in unpaid wages

Songs played
The Medics - Griffin
Twisted Sister - We're not gonna take it
Doxa - Catharsis
Hexdebt - Covenant
The Fall - Industrial estate

16 July 2019

Organising Musicians

We hear from Paul from Musicians Australia and how they are organising.

We also chat about workers action from MUA, ETU, Brisbane Reclink Community Cup, Extinction Rebellion SEQ, School Strike 4 Climate, Australian Council of Social Service, MEAA plus more.

Songs played
Offa Rex - Blackleg Miner
Thelma Plum - Nick Cave
DZ Death Rays - Year of the Dog
Body Type - Stingray
Odlaw - Maida Vale

09 July 2019

RAFFWU and the crackdown on activists

This week on the show, Bill and Feargal are joined by Alexis Pink from Zed Digital show The Pineapple Rebellion (6-7pm Wednesday) to discuss Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019, which threatens to place severe penalties on people using their right to protest. And we interview Retail and Fast Food Workers Union national secretary Josh Cullinan.

Songs played
Billy Bragg - Between the wars
Nick Cave - Right now I'm a roaming
Friday Park - Stale biscuit
No fixed Address - Black man's rights
Waax - I am

Rideshare Drivers in Cooperation Queensland and Respect Inc

In this episode Feargal is away so we are joined by Christopher Bingham. Chris interviews Ahri Tallon, an organiser for Rideshare Drivers in Cooperation Queensland, to talk about the union and organising in platform capitalism.

We also interview Janelle from Respect Inc, a sex worker advocacy organisation, to talk about organising sex workers and the DecrimQLD movement fighting against laws that put workers lives at risk.

Songs played
These New South Wales - Nerve 2 Reverse
Thelma Plum - Better In Blak
Blondie - Call Me
Dune Rats - No Plans
Interpol - Fine Mess
Billy Bragg - There Is Power in a Union

25 June 2019

Bye Bye Bob

Today in the show, we share updates from the NUW, AMWU, QTU, TWU, RTBU, UV and CFMMEU. We also pay tribute to outgoing MUA QLD branch secretary Bob Carnegie.

Bob has led the MUA in Queensland to carry on its tradition as a trailblazing union, and the most progressive in all Australia. In his time as seceetary, he has consistently taken a militant stand in defence of workers rights, indigenous land rights struggles and refugee rights. If every union official was like Bob, we would be on the cusp of a general strike that would tip Australia over the edge into a revolution!

Songs played
Vestiges - Meanjin
DRMNGNW - Ancestors
Paul Robeson - Joe Hill
Pleatu - Poor and educated
Cold Chisel - Shipping Steel

18 June 2019


In this episode, Bill and I discuss union news from the Maritime Union of Australia with workers of the NRMA Fast Ferries currently on strike in Sydney, Independent Education Union celebrating 100 years, the Transport Workers Union considering industrial action in Australian airports leading up to EBA negotions, and some great union wins from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.

We also give updates on the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance/Musicians Alliance, United Voice/Hospo Voice, Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union, and the Communication Workers Union.

Songs played
Yothu Yindi - Treaty
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Hero
The Chats - Smoko
Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism
The Cutaways - In The Street

11 June 2019

Langports College lockout

Today on the show we were joined by Independent Education Union - Queensland & Northern Territory Branch organiser Aaron Watson, who filled us in on the lockout of teachers at Langports English College.
In our opinion, a grubby action indeed, and a clear instance of anti-union thuggery used to intimidate teachers, all because they dare asked for fair wages and respect and recognition for their work.
That aside, its incredibly heartening to hear of workers standing up to bullies to demand whats fair, not to mention the showing of solidarity being expressed from across the union movement.

And later in the show we discuss union news and workplace actions happening around the place including updates on National Union of Workers and the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union, and upcoming events.

Songs played
The Chats - Pub Feed
Kev Carmody - This Land Is Mine
Billy Bragg - The Great Leap Forward
The Saints - Swing For The Crime
Waax - I Am

04 June 2019

First Episode

Over the hour we talked to one of the Delegates of the National Union of Workers
from the chemist warehouse strike about how the strike has impacted on
the workplace culture, touched on the land rights struggle being waged
by our Yuggera Ugarapul comrades in their efforts to Save Deebing Creek Mission, and discussed union news and all manner of issues coming up from the class war!

Songs played
Roo - Malicious Delicious
Warumpi Band - Blackfella Whitefella
Thelma Plum - Better in Black
Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up