Academic journal article Hecate

Editorial

Academic journal article Hecate

Editorial

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The rather late appearance of this issue is largely due to recent events in Queensland where there has been an upsurge of politicisation and organising in response to a series of attacks by the Queensland State government on a range of democratic rights. A thousand South East Queensland Electricity Board (SEQEB) workers were sacked by the Queensland government, and told that they would only be re-employed if they signed no-strike agreements and took other cuts in conditions. A barrage of vicious anti-union legislation was then passed, including laws restricting the right to organise and the right to picket. More recently, tens of thousands of files were seized by police in raids authorised by the Queensland government on abortion clinics in Brisbane and Townsville.

The previous situation where past struggles around similar issues were largely in abeyance has been changing. Hundreds of people have been arrested on the picket lines and many thousands involved in other actions. The SEQEB Strikers Wives Committee had a victory when their picket closed down the Coolangatta SEQEB depot for the rest of the day. When the power was turned off, many rank and file workers were starting to mobilise in support and, had it not been turned back on after ten days (largely due to the craven attitudes of the Trades Hall leadership), a decisive defeat could have been inflicted on the Queensland government. …

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