After Busting the Budget – Confronting Abbott’s Anti-Worker Agenda

A Common Action Forum

Date: Monday, September 15

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Mitchell Theatre

Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start to 8.30pm (Edinburgh Castle Hotel afterwards)

6.30pm-6.40pm – Welcome and Introductions – MC – Dr Mehreen Faruqi, NSW Greens MLC

6.40pm-7.40pm – Main Speakers:
1. What can we learn from the Your Rights at Work Campaign? What are strengths/weaknesses of the Fair Work Act?
Steve Murphy, Assistant State Secretary NSW Branch at Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
2. What are the main aims of the Abbott Government’s Industrial Relations Agenda and how are they being pursued?
Prof John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney
3. How can union movement and mount a defensive campaign against Abbott agenda while developing an offensive agenda? What would an offensive agenda for union movement and workers look like?
Sally McManus, Secretary, Australian Services Union (NSW & ACT)
7.40pm-8.10pm – Facilitated Discussion – Facilitator Leila Barreto
Question 1: What do you remember about the YRAW Campaign?
Question 2: What are the crucial next steps in developing an offensive agenda for unions and workers?
8.10pm-8.30pm – Final Comments from Speakers
Join us for a chat afterwards @ the Edinburgh
Castle Hotel, 294 Pitt St (cnr Pitt & Bathurst St)