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'One struggle, one fight': RMT and Aslef march with striking St George's Hospital cleaners

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 27/06/2022 - 3:33am in

Cici Washburn reports on the incredible solidarity between striking rail workers and striking hospital cleaners in London on Saturday

Catching fire: posties next in line for national strike action

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/06/2022 - 11:27pm in

Counterfire’s weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

Mao Zedong Thought - book review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/06/2022 - 2:13am in

A Chinese Trotskyist during the country’s revolution, Wang Fanxi’s Mao Zedong Thought shines valuable light on the nature of the Chinese state, finds Sean Ledwith

Starmer’s picked his side: against the unions – CounterBlast

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/06/2022 - 2:43am in

Keir Starmer has chosen to side with the Tories against the RMT, but for all his forensic electoralism, the public are broadly backing the workers, writes Terina Hine

Qantas to phase out passengers, in new plan to improve service

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/06/2022 - 9:22am in

In a new strategy that it says will slash wait times at airports and eliminate lost luggage completely, national carrier Qantas announced today that it will begin to phase out passengers on flights, with a zero-passenger target set for 2025.

CEO Alan Joyce likened the move to the removal of smoking from aircraft in the 1980s, and said the plan was the result of a top-to-bottom review of Qantas’s service. “We’re always looking for ways to remove inefficiencies from the system so we can offer a more streamlined, frictionless service. When we looked closely at what was slowing us down, again and again it came back to one thing – passengers”.

Joyce said responding to customer feedback was central to developing the new plan. “Our customers told us they get frustrated when their baggage ends up in a different city. They told us it’s unfeasible to wait on hold for 8-hours to speak to our call centre. By removing passengers from the equation, we’re confident these issues will become a thing of the past. We’ve listened, we’ve heard, we’re acting”.

The CEO told shareholders that the plan would eventually lead to greater cost efficiencies, with less reliance on pilots, flight attendants, baggage carriers, caterers, engineers and airport staff. But he rejected claims the airline didn’t have Australians’ interests in mind. “Change can be scary, but this is about modernising our service for the future. We removed smoking from aircraft in the 1980s and no-one thinks twice about that now. This is no different”.

Qantas will receive $1.5 billion in federal government funding to assist with the transition.

Day one of the biggest rail shutdown in a generation

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/06/2022 - 7:58am in

As RMT members on National Rail and London Underground went on strike, Counterfire reports from picket lines around the country

REVEALED: Itemised costings for installing flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/06/2022 - 5:07pm in

Yesterday NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet revealed that a $25 million contract had been awarded to install an Aboriginal flag on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

While we were ecstatic to win the installation contract, we were not prepared for the backlash from the general public. In the interests of transparency, we have agreed to release the line-by-line costings for the installation project.

At The Shovel Flag & Pole Solutions were are proud of our long history of undertaking satirical government projects.

Please see the itemised costings below. We hope this answers any queries the general public may have.

The Shovel Flag & Pole Solutions

Petro's triumph: A seismic victory for Colombian left

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/06/2022 - 8:24am in

Left-wing Gustavo Petro's historic victory in the Colombian elections ends decades of neoliberal rule but the left must be prepared for the challenges ahead, argues Jonathan Maunders

Support the RMT strikes: List of picket lines and resources

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/06/2022 - 7:11am in

Tens of thousands of rail workers will be striking this week against job losses, attacks on pensions and inadequate pay awards. Show your support and get down to a picket line near you

French Assembly elections: Bad blow for Macron as polarisation deepens

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/06/2022 - 3:03am in

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President Macron lost his majority in the National Assembly elections with both the radical left and far right making huge gains. John Mullen discusses the opportunities and challenges ahead for the left

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