Union led wages train wreck. Can union democracy get it back on the track?
In which Benno briefs us on the train wreck that is wage increases being led into a wall by many Australian unions. He'll also talk you through the notable recent example of the Community and Public Sector Union leadership weak campaign to finally secure a above inflation wage rise for Australian federal public servants over ten years of having their wages squeezed. Benno also provides some of his varied unasked-for opinions on how being active in a union and contesting union elections is the way to get unions back on track. Recorded on 11 September.Notes ABS Annual Wage increasesAustralia’s Public Sector Union Is in Decline Thanks to Its Labor-Aligned Leadership, Adam Mayers and Adriana Boisen, Jacobin AustraliaCPSU election 2023 noticeCPSU split on APS-wide pay bargaining, call for more aggressive approach, Canberra Times 11 September 2023
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Benno's Brief: A Four Day Work Week in the ACT a step closer?
On this episode of D’Oh Kapital you’re with Ben for our occasional segment of Benno’s Brief. A brief listen before our longer episodes. Ben will talk to you about what’s on his mind and hopefully it will either be entertaining, interesting or even motivating for all you cage rattling tragic’s.On this episode…A Four-Day Work Week isn’t just possible it could happen in the ACT in months if not years?And how is it possible to get the Labor party to act on decisions made at members annual conferences?ACT Labor had it annual Branch conference on 22 July and a significant step forward towards implementing a four day work week was achieved by Labor activists. Ben explores this and provides some next steps. If you would like to hook up with ACT Labor for a Four Day Work Week you can find them on FacebookKeep an eye out for updates and chat from D'Oh Kaptital on our Twitter and Facebook accounts @dohkapital or you can email email@example.comSubscribe to this podcast and why not become a patreon www.patreon.com/dohkapital
A good start but we need a strategy and activism to get more from Labor. With Mathew Byrne
In which we hear its possible to push for more from the federal Labor party a year on from forming a government without being a silly stooge or sectarian simp. Ben catches up in person with the sharp socialist mind of Mathew Byrne and explore the positives of the past 12 months of the Albanese lead federal government. They talk progress on the campaign for a four-day work week in the ACT and explore how a strategy to organise both in and outside of Labor is delivering more from the federal parliamentary Labor party (PLP) then they’d otherwise give.The Federal PLP has not done enough to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, rampant inequality and climate catastrophe. Mathew and Ben explore a strategy to demand and push for more from federal Labor. Mathew Secretary of ACT Branch for over 5 years where big inroads were made into making Labor more democratic, accessible and community campaigned focused. The ACT Branch still remains one of if not the most democratic and progressive in Australia. The success of he’s tenure & leadership during the 2016 ACT election saw the Labor returned to government and growth of membership into thousands of members when he left. Please note the volume level for the first part of the chat is a tad low so please adjust for the first 20mins. So, sincere apologies. NotesWe recorded on 2 June 2023. The actual Fair Work Commission wage rises for minimum wage was increased by 8.6% and for millions of workers covered by industrial awards were raised by 5.75% as mentioned by Matthew.Australia's minimum wage increased by 5.75 per cent | SBS News Subscribe to this podcast and become a patreon www.patreon.com/dohkapital We are on Facebook and active on Twitter handle @dohkapital or email firstname.lastname@example.org
May Day blues? Fight dont fret - Benno Brief at D'Oh! Kapital
May day blues? Fight don’t fret. In which Benno talks the good, the bad and ANGER IS AN ENERGY! about May’s federal budget, campaigning in Labor and those without. Latest episode on all good platforms including Spotify. Benno Brief is a brief (hehehe) occasional solo chat Ben between having bigger yarns with guests on D’Oh! Kapital. More guests on in the next week so stay tuned to our socials at @dohkapital D'Oh! Kapital | Facebook | Linktree