Renewing the ALP-Union Link

The trade union link has been a defining feature of the Australian Labor Party. Unions helped to found Labor and affiliation provides the party with a direct link to a movement with over two million members. There is, however, a growing sense that the link needs to be modernised and renewed. Exactly what change is needed remains a matter of debate.

Reform ideas have included: implementing the 2010 National Review, an Electoral College model to elect the leader and involving individual union members in pre-selections, and emulating the more radical ideas proposed by the British Labour Party.

The question is will any of these reforms actually help make Labor a mass movement or will it only stem the decline in political participation?

Join the NSW Fabians and a great panel of speakers for what will be an important discussion on renewing the ALP-union link.

Speakers:

Tony Sheldon – National Secretary, Transport Workers Union, and ALP National Senior-Vice President

Sally McManus – Secretary, Australian Services Union (NSW/ACT)

Dr Trevor Cook - former Hawke Government adviser and author of Unions and the ALP: Between dependence and independence

WHEN
March 11, 2014 at 6pm - 7:30pm
WHERE
Level 8, Marcus Clarke Building, Sydney TAFE Institute
827-837 George St
Haymarket, NSW 2000
Australia
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CONTACT
Osmond · · 0424159463
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  • rsvped 2014-03-07 05:04:18 +1100
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-06 09:22:40 +1100
    Pleased to announce that Bob Nanva, National Secretary of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will be speaking at our forum on the ALP-union link on Tuesday.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-03-05 17:22:42 +1100
    Bob Nanva outlines some thoughts on how to reform the ALP-union link http://m.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/time-to-give-the-labour-a-voice/story-e6frg6zo-1226817959064
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-26 11:01:28 +1100
    Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tony Sheldon is no longer able to speak at this event. We are currently in the process of confirming a replacement speaker.
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-19 13:42:35 +1100
    Tony Sheldon on why union members must be at the centre of the discussion about ALP reform http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-15/sheldon-unionists-must-have-a-voice-under-labor-reforms/4820970
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-18 20:52:31 +1100
    a "growing sense" " Modernised" - is code for "removed" - by the USA influenced ALP political officers. Really who are we kidding. They are the Right of the party who are embarrassed by their own union affiliates who are in trouble. Anyway sorry not able to make it tonite: I oppose any reduction of union connection - we don't want to be like some pale version of USA Democrats Party. Usa Democrats struggle to get union support, and then chase \compete with republicans. My "ALP Pledge" says i will support democratic socialisation of industry, production and distribution. You change that - I'm out.
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