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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Burger Bar Bolshevism, Crossing the Tasman?

From Green Left Weekly 7th June 2006

“Up yours Howard — young workers fight back” is the theme of a conference to be held on June 17, initiated by the socialist youth organisation Resistance and sponsored by Geelong Trades Hall. It will bring together young people from across Victoria to discuss what young workers can do to defend and extend our workplace rights.

Presenters from the New Zealand Unite union and the Gold Coast’s United Casual Workers Alliance will talk about practical ways to “organise the unorganised” and report on their industrial and political campaign successes. The recent Unite-organised “Supersize my pay” campaign in New Zealand, in which young workers struck against their super-exploitation in workplaces such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC and Pizza Hut, won union recognition and several collective agreements.


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