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P&O Ferries: this is war - News from the Frontline

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 19/03/2022 - 8:47am in

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

Half of new jobs created last quarter were for Scott Morrison photo ops

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 18/03/2022 - 10:05am in

Australia’s employment market has continued to strengthen, with an extra 77,000 new jobs created in February, most of those for two-minute photo ops of the Prime Minister pretending to work.

In the last quarter alone Scott Morrison has worked as a hairdresser, truck driver, welder, basketball court sweeper, airline pilot, tank driver and builder, and in doing so has single-handedly increased Australia’s employment numbers to their highest levels ever. Analysis by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment shows that in total Morrison has taken on over 40,000 new roles.

Employment Minister Stuart Robert said the figures were an ‘extraordinary’ result.  “Australia is one of the few countries to have more people employed now than pre-pandemic, and we can thank our Prime Minister for playing a huge role in personally taking on so many of those new jobs,” he said.

The PM said he was happy to play his part in kick-starting the nation’s jobs market, and looked forward to pretending to do thousands of other jobs in the lead up to the federal election. He would not confirming when he was planning take on the role of Prime Minister.

Solidarity with P&O workers: this is a fight for us all

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 18/03/2022 - 9:38am in

The sacking of ferry workers in British ports is an attack on workers’ rights, argues Richard Allday, and we must unite to defeat the employers

Policing the Pandemic: How Public Health Becomes Public Order - book review

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 18/03/2022 - 8:48am in

Policing the Pandemic raises important issues about institutional racism, but the police cannot be treated separately from the system they serve, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh

We read 70 impact strategies from across the globe – we found only two different strategies.

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 17/03/2022 - 11:00pm in

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Reporting on their recent international survey of impact strategies, Mark Reed and Saskia Gent discuss their findings, identify two main types of impact strategy and analyse six key themes that comprise the current sector standard for good impact strategies. The REF2021 submission in March last year concluded several years of introspection into university research by … Continued

Why blaming NATO is not westsplaining

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 16/03/2022 - 3:13am in

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If we want to understand why the war is taking place, we need to ignore the propaganda, and consider the geopolitical context, argues Dragan Plavšić

The cost of living crisis is a political choice

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 15/03/2022 - 1:26am in

As bills rocket and poverty increases, Terina Hine explains why it doesn’t have to be this way

We live in an age of projects – Research impact should reflect this

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/03/2022 - 10:00pm in

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In the second of two blogposts exploring how research impact is increasingly dependent on expertise embedded within organisations rather than traditional research outputs, Rebecca Vine and Paul Nightingale discuss the role of projects as a focus for collaborative research activity. Highlighting how projects are vital to innovation in service-based economies, they show how a recent … Continued

Worker celebrates creation of 8-hour workday by working 12-hour public holiday shift

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/03/2022 - 4:01pm in

Melbourne café worker Sarah Debanski has once again been given the choice of punching out a 12-hour shift on a public holiday or losing her job, in what she described as a fitting way to commemorate Labor Day in Victoria and the creation of the 8-hour workday.

Struggling to catch public transport due to public holiday timetables, Debanski said waking at 5:45am and arriving home around 9:00pm was probably what labourers had in mind when they downed tools in Melbourne in the 1850s to demand shorter working hours, leading to the 40-hour work week and the Labour Day commemoration.

“Being available at any given moment, even when I’m not given shifts, having shifts cancelled at the last minute, and having to make unreasonable demands, like not having to choose between paying rent and eating food, is what Labour Day is all about,” she said.

Debanski said the 12-hour public holiday shift is an ancient tradition, with its roots stretching back to medieval Europe where serfs worked dawn to dusk. “Although at least they didn’t have to deal with anti-vaxxers”.

More as the shift drags on.

By Matt Harvey @mattharveystuff 

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it – weekly briefing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 14/03/2022 - 9:55am in

Lindsey German on Ukraine and its continuing fallout   

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