Workers' Liberty Australia

Submitted by Janet on 4 April, 2016 - 12:00

A page for and about Workers' Liberty supporters in Australia.

WL Australia news

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 70 (Spring 2018) includes:

•     The right to strike and Changing the Rules
•     Morrison and Dutton: jackals of the ruling class
•    What will it take to "Change the Rules”?
•    Living Wage for working women 
•    RAFFWU Woolworths activist interview 
•    Student workers getting organised
•    Bank exposure opportunity for a bolder labour movement: Financial services Royal Commission and FSU 
•    Why Study Das Kapital
•    Book Reviews: The Internationalists; Rosa Luxemburg works
•    Victorian Socialists – launch and candidate interviews


Vote Victorian Socialists!

A campaign to get a socialist in parliament for North-West Melbourne in November 2018.

Bank exposure an opportunity for a bolder labour movement

Democratic control by workers and consumers of financial services could put an end to the various exploitative practices, legal or not, of the banks.

Queensland MUA conference: injecting class politics

Report of the ‘Get Wise, Organise!’ Queensland MUA branch biennial conference

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 69 (Summer 2017/2018)

Workers Liberty newsletter No. 68 August/September 2017

All issues of newsletter 

What we stand for

• Independent working-class representation in politics.

• A workers’ government, based on and accountable to the labour movement.

• A workers’ charter of trade union rights — to organise, to strike, to picket effectively, and to take solidarity action.

• Public ownership of essential industries, and taxation of the rich to fund renewable energy and environmental protection, decent public services, homes, education and jobs for all.

• A workers’ movement that fights all forms of oppression. Full equality for women, and social provision to free women from domestic labour. For reproductive justice: free abortion on demand; the right to choose when and whether to have children. Full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Indigenous control of indigenous affairs. Working class unity against racism.

• Free refugees, let them stay, right for workers to remain in Australia without insecurity of short term visas.

• Global solidarity against global capital — workers everywhere have more in common with each other than with their capitalist or Stalinist rulers.

• Democracy at every level of society, in trade unions, and from the smallest workplace or community to global social organisation.

• Equal rights for all nations, against imperialists and predators big and small.

• Maximum left unity in action, and openness in debate.


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After Christchurch, organise against far right

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2019 - 11:59 Author: Riki Lane

Friday 15 March was a day of contrast in both Australia and New Zealand – exuberance and militant action by students striking for climate action in both Australia; followed immediately by immense sadness, horror and anger at the mass murder by a fascist at a mosque in Christchurch.

Students go for system change, not climate change

Submitted by AWL on 20 March, 2019 - 11:09
student strike

The best guess is that one and half million students, in over 120 countries, struck on Friday 15 March to demand that their governments start emergency action on climate change.

In London, the central rally of school students in Parliament Square was 4,000 or more. Everyone we talked with said there was no ongoing organisation in their school for the walkout. They’d found out about it on social media and come with their friends.

There were also sizeable groups of university students at Parliament Square.

Socialist coalition sets plans to continue

Submitted by martin on 19 February, 2019 - 8:11 Author: Riki Lane
Victorian Socialists

Around 220 of the 1700 members of "Victorian Socialists" attended a conference to found an ongoing organisation on 16 February at the Maritime Union of Australia hall in Melbourne.

The "Victorian Socialists" coalition was formed to run candidates in the recent Victorian state election. It did quite well. The central campaign supporting Steve Jolly for the Victorian multi-member upper house Northern Metropolitan seat gained over 4% first preference votes.

The right to strike and Changing the Rules

Submitted by Janet on 16 September, 2018 - 5:41 Author: Bob Carnegie and Martin Thomas
Break the Rules

The ACTU's new campaign to "Change the Rules" indicts the fact that the "rules" of working life have shifted more and more against workers over recent decades, even if you take it into account the limited moves the Rudd and Gillard federal governments made between 2007 and 2013 to undo some of what the Howard coalition goverment had done.

The campaign is a positive move; but by itself not sufficient. The more active unions need to supplement it by a public campaign for the right to strike.

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 70 (Spring 2018)

Submitted by Janet on 11 September, 2018 - 3:17

Workers' Liberty newsletter No 70 (Spring 2018) includes:
The right to strike and Changing the Rules
Morrison and Dutton: jackals of the ruling class
• What will it take to "Change the Rules”?
• Living Wage for working women
• RAFFWU Woolworths activist interview
• Student workers getting organised

Morrison and Dutton: jackals of the ruling class

Submitted by martin on 23 August, 2018 - 6:55 Author: Martin Thomas
Morrison, left, and Dutton, right

"The silent minority" - minority, yes, that's what he said - "are fed up with bodies like the Civil Liberties Council and the Refugee Action Collective, and certainly the dictatorship of the trade union movement".

That was Peter Dutton in his maiden speech, who on 24 August forced Malcolm Turnbull to resign as Liberal Party leader. Dutton wanted rid of Malcolm Turnbull because Turnbull, though solidly right-wing on all the core economic issues, is a social liberal of the sort commonplace in most richer capitalist countries.

Hutchison wharfies log of claims and international solidarity on safety

Submitted by Janet on 1 July, 2018 - 12:33

MUA Queensland Branch newsletter of 29 June 2018 carried this report on the log of claims for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Indonesian dockers leader Suryansyah Bahar from JICT Hutchison in Indonesia participated in the meeting. The unions intend to coordinate "a regional safety committee to build the capacity of wharfies to fight against Hutchison’s poor international safety record and union busting activities. The spirit of unity and cooperation between workers in Australia and Indonesia can only benefit both groups of workers."

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