By James Cogan, 5 October 2015
As in previous cases, such as the Sydney siege last December, the deaths are being used to justify the “war on terror.”
By Terry Cook, 3 October 2015
Power distribution business Ausgrid intends to close depots, phase out apprenticeships, sell off training facilities and outsource call centres.
By Mike Head, 2 October 2015
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s meeting discussed how to “sell” and impose far-reaching attacks on jobs and social conditions.
By Mike Head, 30 September 2015
Workers accuse the AMWU of paving the way for the next round of redundancies.
By Nick Beams, 29 September 2015
The summit is aimed at developing a “consensus” for the sweeping attacks on social and working conditions being demanded by corporate and financial elites.
By Frank Gaglioti, 29 September 2015
Workers are being deliberately kept in the dark over deals being struck by the unions and management behind closed doors.
By Max Newman, 28 September 2015
All the circumstances surrounding Ali Jaffari’s death point to the impact of the harsh measures being taken by Australian governments to repel asylum seekers.
By Mike Head, 26 September 2015
The mining investment boom that partly shielded the Australian economy from the full effects of the global financial crisis, has gone into sharp reverse.
By Terry Cook, 25 September 2015
The CPSU has kept workers divided along departmental lines, while appealing to the Turnbull government for negotiations on its cost-cutting demands.
By Nick Beams, 24 September 2015
American Ambassador John Berry has countered suggestions that the new Turnbull government might shift its orientation towards China and away from the US.
By Nick Beams, 23 September 2015
Business economist Saul Eslake set out a strategy for “selling” an increase in the regressive Goods and Services Tax to fund cuts in corporate and income tax levels.
By Richard Phillips, 22 September 2015
All the factors that led to the Bankstown tragedy are replicated in many buildings across Australia, potentially endangering thousands of lives.
By our reporters, 22 September 2015
The lectures outlined the contemporary political significance of the struggle waged by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks against the carnage of World War I.
By our reporters, 22 September 2015
Students, workers and young people who attended the IYSSE’s lectures on “100 years since the Zimmerwald anti-war conference: How the Russian Revolution was prepared,” spoke to World Socialist Web Site reporters after the campus events.
By Zac Hambides, 22 September 2015
At a “Save Our Steel” rally the unions sought to channel the anger over job losses into nationalist calls for governments to subsidise local steel producers.
By Nick Beams, 21 September 2015
The gushing media support for the new “progressive” cabinet is intended to win the backing of sections of the upper middle class for the program of austerity.
By our correspondents, 21 September 2015
Behind the electoral volatility that characterises Australian politics lies widespread alienation from the entire political establishment.
By Mike Head, 21 September 2015
Workers at UGL’s Auburn railway workshops in Sydney last week responded warmly to a Socialist Equality Party leaflet.
By Mike Head, 19 September 2015
Representing the financial elite, Turnbull has been assigned the task of imposing sweeping cuts to working-class living standards.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 19 September 2015
The SEP condemns the government’s decision to expand its involvement in the US-led war in the Middle East by authorising air strikes in Syria.
By Nick Beams, 18 September 2015
The conundrum facing Australian capitalism, flowing from its economic relationship with China and its strategic integration with the US anti-China “pivot to Asia,” could be set to worsen.
By Mike Head, 17 September 2015
The potential ructions between the Liberal and National parties, and within the Nationals, underscore the unstable character of the newly-installed Turnbull government.
A reply to the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (University of Melbourne), 17 September 2015
Seeking to justify its ban on the IYSSE club, the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee has sent a letter containing a series of unsubstantiated allegations.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 17 September 2015
The SEP insists that workers can only defend their interests on the basis of an independent class stance that rejects both the pro-ChAFTA “free traders” and the reactionary nationalism of Labor and the unions.
By Peter Symonds, 16 September 2015
For the third time in five years, the Australian population awoke yesterday to find the government changed, behind their backs, as a result of an inner-party putsch.
By Nick Beams, 16 September 2015
Turnbull’s insistence on the need to “explain” is aimed at winning support among the upper layers of the better-off middle classes for deepening attacks on the working class.
By Terry Cook, 16 September 2015
The deadly shooting follows a pattern of increasing police repression and violence in Australia.
By James Cogan, 15 September 2015
Turnbull, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is the personification of the interests of finance capital and has been inserted to implement its austerity agenda.
By John Braddock, 15 September 2015
Many of the small Pacific Island states are low-lying and particularly vulnerable to the rising sea levels produced by higher global temperatures.
By Mike Head, 14 September 2015
Behind the moves to oust Prime Minister Abbott lies a protracted political crisis, intensified by a sharp economic downturn.
By Margaret Rees, 14 September 2015
As tram workers hold limited stoppages, the Victorian Premier Labor threatens to do whatever is necessary “to protect the economic interests of the state.”
14 September 2015
IYSSE clubs and supporters in Sri Lanka and India have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.
By Cheryl McDermid, 12 September 2015
Workers in Australia last year experienced “the largest downside surprise” in wages of all the 34 OECD countries.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 11 September 2015
The layoffs by a major engineering company are part of a wider barrage of job destruction throughout Australia and internationally.
11 September 2015
The IYSSE in Germany has written a letter of protest to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the IYSSE as a club.
By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2015
The Abbott government is seeking to exploit the refugee crisis to silence opposition to its decision to join the US-led air war inside Syria.
10 September 2015
The IYSSE in Sri Lanka and at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan have written to the University of Melbourne Clubs & Societies Committee.
By Richard Phillips, 9 September 2015
“All sorts of people control our destinies—everybody except us,” sacked Hutchison wharfie.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2015
The attendance at the vigils highlights the widespread sympathy for refugees among workers, young people, students and others.
8 September 2015
Supporters of the IYSSE have protested to the University of Melbourne Clubs and Societies Committee over its refusal to affiliate the Trotskyist youth movement.
By Mike Head, 7 September 2015
As Abbott feigned compassion for the asylum seekers in Europe, he was preparing to extend Australia’s current bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria.
By Max Newman, 7 September 2015
Further evidence reveals inhumane conditions and treatment of refugees in Australia’s illegal offshore processing facilities.
By Margaret Rees, 7 September 2015
For the second time in two weeks, the Victorian government tried to ban industrial action by low-paid rail workers.
By our correspondents, 7 September 2015
A meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss the anti-democratic decision by the Clubs and Societies Committee to refuse to affiliate the IYSSE.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2015
Convenience store workers, often vulnerable international students, are forced to work for half-pay.
5 September 2015
A British student’s letter says the IYSSE ban is “part of a systematic attempt to block students from articulating their independent political interests, across Australia and internationally.”
Maritime Union of Australia thanks pseudo-lefts for “unity” as it foreshadows acceptance of port sackings
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 September 2015
The union will work with the company to enforce job cuts, and an “orderly closure.”
By Terry Cook, 4 September 2015
Unemployment in the state is climbing as major companies and the Labor government restructure and slash costs.
4 September 2015
A University of Melbourne student wrote that “my voice and the voices of those around me have been silenced by the rejection of affiliation for IYSSE.”
By our reporters, 3 September 2015
BlueScope Steel workers from the company’s Port Kembla plant, south of Sydney spoke with the World Socialist Web Site reporters at an early morning mass meeting in Wollongong yesterday . The Australian Workers Union (AWU) and other unions have responded to the management’s threat to shut the plant, Australia’s largest steel making plant, by promising to assist the company slash up to 500 jobs as part of $200 million cost-cutting restructure.
3 September 2015
The IYSSE is urging WSWS readers to protest against the University of Melbourne’s Clubs and Societies Committee attack on the fundamental democratic rights of students.
By Mike Head, 3 September 2015
The corporate elite is demanding that the economic reversal be used to drive through a new wave of attacks on jobs, living standards and working conditions.
By Richard Phillips, 3 September 2015
The unions have pledged to defend BlueScope Steel’s profits and provide the company with $200 million in cost-cutting measures.
By Declan O’Malley, 2 September 2015
The mining union is pleading with the company to keep collaborating in cutting costs at the expense of jobs and conditions.
By Mike Head, 1 September 2015
The royal commission into the unions is a crucial component of the Abbott government’s efforts to satisfy corporate demands for an offensive against workers’ wages and conditions.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 1 September 2015
The Clubs & Societies Committee at the University of Melbourne has made clear that any students who publicly challenge its decisions will be prevented from forming a club.
By Mike Head, 31 August 2015
“Operation Fortitude” highlighted the creation of police-state conditions by the Abbott government, with the Labor Party’s bipartisan backing.
By Tom Peters, 29 August 2015
BlueScope Steel is threatening to shut down its Glenbrook steel plant in New Zealand and axe over 1,000 jobs.
By our correspondents, 29 August 2015
Despite denunciations by the Victorian state Labor government, metropolitan train drivers have voted for a similar stoppage next Friday.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 29 August 2015
Left in the hands of the MUA, the outcome is a foregone conclusion: the further destruction of the jobs and conditions of waterfront workers.
By Mike Head, 28 August 2015
The collapse of the case exposes the lurid allegations of an “ISIS-inspired” conspiracy by Melbourne teenagers to conduct mass shootings at official World War I centenary celebrations.
By Mike Head, 27 August 2015
The purpose of the “extraordinary gathering” was to use the “urgency” of the global slump to drive through a new wave of attacks on jobs and living standards.
By Terry Cook, 26 August 2015
The Australian Workers Union has immediately signalled that it will help impose BlueScope Steel’s job-cutting measures.
By James Cogan, 26 August 2015
Underlying the declarations of “urgency” is the rapid deterioration of Australia’s economic position.
By Mike Head, 25 August 2015
Soaring unemployment in Western Australia underscores Australian capitalism’s sharp economic reversal, placing intense corporate pressure on Abbott.
By James Cogan, 22 August 2015
Australia has a long history of participating in Washington’s criminal wars in the Middle East.
By Mike Head, 21 August 2015
The Abbott government’s frenzied response to the Adani case reflects the intensifying pressure from the corporate elite for the dismantling of all barriers to increased profits.
By Mike Head, 20 August 2015
At the heart of the Dyson Heydon affair is the escalating dissatisfaction of the corporate elite with the Abbott government for failing to carry through the austerity agenda.
By Terry Cook, 20 August 2015
The state Labor government reacted with undisguised hostility to the prospect of the first public transport strike in Melbourne since 1997.
By our correspondents, 19 August 2015
After isolating the walkout and telling workers that they could face crippling fines, the NUW pushed through a return-to-work vote.
By Mike Head, 18 August 2015
The MUA celebrated the “pleasing” fact that Hutchison agreed to hold “formal talks” on how to cut jobs and conditions.
By our reporters, 17 August 2015
In a move that directly mirrored its betrayal of the 1998 waterfront dispute, the union shut down the strike after obtaining a court ruling that left the sacked wharfies outside the company gates.
By Richard Phillips, 15 August 2015
The court ruling gave the union precisely what it wanted: to shut down the strike and demobilise workers, while it manoeuvres for a negotiated job-cutting deal.
By Zac Hambides, 15 August 2015
The unions are trying to silence criticism because they cannot answer the truth—they are carrying out a betrayal of the Hutchison workers.
By Terry Cook, 15 August 2015
After almost unanimous votes for industrial action, the union is seeking to cobble together a sellout deal with the state Labor government.
By Mike Head, 15 August 2015
The corporate elite is venting its frustration at the Abbott government’s failure to deliver a far deeper onslaught on workers’ living standards.
By Mike Head, 14 August 2015
While claiming a “victory,” as it did in 1998, the MUA is sending the Hutchison Ports workers back to work today, with many to lose their jobs.
By Mike Head, 13 August 2015
The MUA’s move is similar to its legal manoeuvre in the union’s historic sellout of the 1998 waterfront dispute.
By our correspondents, 13 August 2015
The Woolworths workers have become the second group of strikers currently defying return to work orders, following similar votes by Hutchison Port workers Brisbane and Sydney.
By Mike Head, 12 August 2015
Hutchison is rolling out remotely-controlled automated terminals around the world, ruthlessly destroying jobs and conditions.
Oppose war and austerity! Defend democratic rights!
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 12 August 2015
The IYSSE has been subjected to unprecedented acts of political censorship at a number of universities around Australia.
By our reporters, 11 August 2015
Striking workers at Hutchison container terminals in Sydney and Brisbane spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the job cuts by the multi-million dollar corporation and the dangers now facing the working class.
By Mike Head, 11 August 2015
A worsening economic situation is fuelling corporate discontent with the Abbott government and the entire political system.
By Richard Phillips, 11 August 2015
The MUA has responded to an industrial commission return-to-work directive by denying it has any involvement in the waterfront walkout.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 August 2015
The AFP has provided equipment and training to Sri Lanka’s CID, long accused of kidnappings and human rights abuses.
By our reporters, 10 August 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with sacked Hutchison Port Australia workers at Sydney’s Port Botany terminal over the past two days. Workers described Hutchison’s high-productivity regime and how the company lured workers from various stevedoring companies, as well as airline, manufacturing and logistics businesses, promising them long-term employment.
By Richard Phillips, 10 August 2015
No faith can be placed in the union, which has collaborated with waterfront companies for decades in restructuring that has destroyed thousands of jobs.
By Cheryl McDermid, 10 August 2015
NATSEM research shows that the poorest suburbs are the worst affected by the budgets.
By Richard Phillips, 8 August 2015
The maritime union has appealed to the global stevedoring corporation for negotiations on its multi-million dollar cost-cutting plans.
By our reporters, 8 August 2015
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke with wharfies and waterfront maintenance workers at a protest outside Hutchison’s Port Botany container terminal in Sydney yesterday. It followed the late-night sacking almost 100 HPH employees nationally.
By Mike Head, 7 August 2015
The Productivity Commission report sets out a framework for cutting wages and conditions to the levels already imposed on workers in Europe and America.
By Patrick Kelly, 7 August 2015
The political crisis in Victoria is being fuelled by mounting dissatisfaction in corporate circles with the government.
By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2015
The naval build-up is an integral part of the military preparations by the US and its allies throughout Asia for war against China.
By our reporter, 4 August 2015
Thousands more mining-related workers are expected to lose their jobs during the next 12 months, with the impact spreading across the country.