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National day of action on early childhood educator wages

Tuesday 27th March is Keep Your Children at Home Day, an initiative organised by the United Voice Union as part of their Big Steps campaign. It aims to highlight the low wages of early childhood educators, who at $21 an hour are paid only around half the average national wage. Alex Whisson caught up this […]

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Meredith Hammat Secretary UnionsWA on a wage rise for WA’s lowest-paid workers

The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission last week began hearings for the State Wage Case which will set the wages for some of the lowest paid working people in WA, those on the WA Minimum Wage and state awards. Around 100,000 people rely on this decision to determine their wages. Again, this year the peak […]

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MUA Secretary Chris Cain on Mark McGowan’s victory

In the wake of Mark McGowan’s crushing victory in last weekend’s Western Australian election, MUA State Secretary Chris Cain was quick to remind the Premier-elect of the contribution made by the union movement to his win, telling the press, “We’ve delivered for them so it’s not too much to expect them to deliver for working-class […]

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CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor on the Trade Union Royal Commission

The Trade Union Royal Commission has descended into high farce with head commissioner Dyson Heydon ruling, of course favourably, on his own ability to continue the job. We speak to CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor about what lies behind this discredited investigation, and touch on the reasons why the union is campaigning against Australia’s free […]

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Malou Logan on the Campaign to Free Mary Jane Veloso

Malou Logan, vice chair person of Gabriela Australia discusses the campaign to free Mary Jane Veloso. Veloso is a Filipina worker who was arrested and sentenced to death for allegedly smuggling heroin into Indonesia. She has been in Indonesian prison since 2010 and has recently had her execution delayed. Logan makes the case that 5 […]

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Rikki Hendon on Social Impact Bonds

In this interview, Rikki Hendon, acting branch secretary of the CPSU/CSA (public sector union), discusses the union’s opposition to the Barnett Government’s plan to introduce social impact bonds in the Corrective Services portfolio. You can find further information about this by reading CPSU/CSA’s press release on this here:

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5th August #nauru #refugees #jobcuts #localcouncilamalgamation

We hear from Nauruan freelance photographer and political observer Clint Deidenang on exactly what the Nauruan people think about the great big refugee prison in their midst, as well as the impact its had on the local political and economic landscape. We speak to Community & Public Sector Union State Secretary Toni Walkington on Barnett’s […]

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20th May #GMO #monsanto #studentactivism #indigenousrights

On the show anti-GMO campaigner Janet Grogan on this Saturday’s March Against Monsanto, and academic & union activist Claire Parfitt on last week’s strike at Sydney University. Also a chat with law student, Aboriginal rights activist and tent embassy organiser Marianne Mackay about the possible looming showdown at Matagarup (Herrison Island) in the wake of […]

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Perth Indymedia 3rd September 2012;

Restream the show from 3rd September 2012; Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam talking on the Fukushima disaster and the shelving of the Olympic Dam mine expansion. Tony Iltis from the Sydney Stop the War Coalition on the recent deaths of Australia soldiers in Afghanistan. Also young Perth activist Chris Bonds talks to us about the recent […]

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