Australian Unemployment Union Forum

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Uncategorized

AUU forum

On Saturday August 1st, 2015, the Australian Unemployment Union (AUU – Sydney) held a public forum in Granville, western Sydney. The forum was facilitated by Jacquie Carovski from the AUU and addressed by Victor Quirk, a research associate with the Centre of Full Employment and Equity, University of Newcastle, Warren Smith, Assistant National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and myself. Victor outlined a history of employment and unemployment in Australia, how unemployment statistics are constructed, and why unemployment and underemployment are preserved. Warren spoke about the importance of unionism, unemployment and class, organising the unemployed, the importance of links and alliances with unions, non-sectarianism and independence. I spoke about the history of the Wollongong Out of Workers’ Union (WOW). Our presentations were followed by an interesting, informative and constructive discussion.

Here’s a recording of my contribution to the forum. Thanks to Mark Gawne for the recording and many thanks to Jacquie Carovski and all of the AUU comrades for the effort they put into making the forum a success, including the wonderful selection of food and drinks.


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