Anatomy of a modern campaign - Pollytics (Crikey)
Essentially we’re just applying the best of the resources of the early 21st century, to early 20th century community organising. But what that actually requires under the bonnet is a level of political information and analytics that’s never really been needed by a campaign before, so that it can be transformed into the knowledge required to enable the people with the real skills – our union campaign folks and our organisers – to achieve magnitudes of order more than they ordinarily could do without it.
(UK) Trade unions face difficult times, but challenges shouldn't be exaggerated - LSE
These are depressing times for trades unions, because we are facing a period of loss. However, its important not to get carried away with the sense of liquid fear that pervades unions in decline. The decline is not happening to the same degree at the same time everywhere, rather there are still opportunities for unions to secure real gains for working people. This might well mean moving from Marx to Freud, swapping one bearded bloke for another, and mourning the loss of a utopian dream of internationalism and decent work. However, such mourning would allow us to move beyond a position of denial and drop the stalled attempts at ‘renewal’, so as to work towards a more realistic goal of securing real gains for working people. This is a painful process for those of us who have invested so much in our unions, but it does then free us up to aim for a more achievable future. At a time when the magic solutions are running out unions need to play on their strengths, which include a pragmatic insistence that something is better than nothing and a realistic assessment of which unions can still deliver it.
More on the power broking in WA ALP - Sunday Times
It had been rumoured for months that union heavyweights Dave Kelly and Joe Bullock the respective bosses of the powerful Left and Right factions of the WA Labor Party had done a deal that would see both of them end up with cushy jobs in politics.
This week the deal was consummated when Bullock got the top spot on the Labor ticket for a Senate position guaranteeing him a job in Canberra at the expense of his supposed mate, WA Senator Mark Bishop, and Senator Louise Pratt, who has the No.2 spot.
Kelly's Left faction (United Voice) this week delivered the numbers for Bullock's ascendancy, at the expense of one of their own, Pratt, who is also part of the Left.
Bishop was stranded and will now retire from politics.
Informed sources say the Left's support for Bullock stemmed from the fact that the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Union secretary delivered Kelly the numbers to stand for the seat of Bassendean, which he won.
Sources say Bullock also gave his blessing for Simone McGurk another of Kelly's union mates to be pre-selected for the seat of Fremantle.
"Bullock wanted the No.1 spot for the Senate so badly that he was willing to give Kelly control of the Labor caucus by having more Left-aligned MPs," a source said. "This has members of Bullock's own faction scratching their heads."
Ged Kearney on the ALP-unions relationship - ACTU
Labor has always seen itself as a community-based party engaged with people where they live and work.
The relationship between the ALP and our affiliated unions is at the heart of our vision for a Labor Party that speaks for, and seeks government on behalf of, working people.
The industrial and political wings of our movement can come together, campaign around this issue and deliver real dignity to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
In doing so, we can once again reconnect with working people at home and at work, and speak to their lives.
This is a challenge the union movement is united around – regardless of the election result on September 14.
But for the ALP, it is ultimately a choice.
Labor can choose to join us in that battle, and as Daniel Andrews indicated yesterday, Victorian Labor is clear in its resolve to do so.
But there is an alternative. That alternative is to turn inward, and play a divisive, futile blame game.
Make no mistake – that’s what our opponents want. They would love nothing more than to see the energies of the labour movement diverted away from organising and representing working people by a messy fight about the relationship between organised labour and political Labor.