Union Workshop:What options for trade union activists to fight Work Choices?

Can militant unions survive and thrive under Work Choices?
What do we do if Labor wins? What do we do if Labor loses?

What do we do about:
* 457 visas and guest workers
* Apprenticeships and skills
* Jobs going overseas
* Welfare to Work


12 noon – Meetings of industry/union groups (lunch available)

1-1.05pm: Welcome/Introduction – Tim Gooden (Secretary of Geelong Trades Hall Council)

1.05-1.20pm: The French workers/students victory in 2006 - Stephane Lequeux (French academic/activist)

1.20-2.45pm: Building the struggle against Work Choices – Can militant unions survive and thrive?

* Do we have to make ourselves a small target to survive?
* How do we reach out to unorganised workers and the rest of the community?
* What do we do if Labor wins the next federal election? What do we do if Labor loses?
* Community picket lines – the Union Solidarity experience

2.45-3.15pm: Break & unveiling of a memorial to John Cummins

3.15-4.45pm: If we could write the ALP industrial relations policy, what would it be?

4.45-5pm: Adopt a set of demands/rights to be put to all political parties.

5pm: Drinks/snacks and screening of Builders Labourers Federation film (tbc)

7pm til late: Dinner, drinks and entertainment

The day will be organised in a workshop format with a facilitator. All proposals and suggestions for action will be recorded so that people can take the suggestions back into their own unions and workplaces.

Participants invited include activists, delegates and officials from the Maritime Union, National Tertiary Education Union, Union Solidarity, NSW National Union of Workers, NSW Firefighters, Posties, Manufacturing Workers Union, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Electrical Trades Union, Unite, United Casual Workers Alliance, regional areas such as Latrobe Valley and Portland, and recent industrial disputes, such as Amcor, Hawker de Havilland, Heinemann Electric, Toyota, Finlay Engineering, the CSR construction project, Qantas and the Radio Rentals dispute, and the taxi drivers attempting to establish their own union.


For more information or to indicate attendance, contact Sue Bolton on (03) 9663 7429, 0413 377 978 or sue_bolton@hotmail.com, or phone Tim Gooden on 0438 088 112.