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