United Workers Union organisers Angus and Sukanya join us to talk about organising workers on the frontlines of Victoria's battle with the pandemic. We talk fighting casualisation, worker self-organisation, the labour movement's relationship with the state and possible openings for new forms of industrial action.
Sukanya's Jacobin interview with striking Spotless members here:
Ali Pennington in Jacobin on unions and Covid-19:
The Wrong Island crew are joined by Promise Li, a socialist activist from Hong Kong and Los Angeles, a member of Lausan 流傘 Collective and the Democratic Socialists of America, and a former tenant organizer in Los Angeles Chinatown.
We talk national security laws, union organising, ethnonationalism and racism, transnational solidarity, Black Lives Matter and tankies.
Max, Sian and Freg talk to Alex North, the National Coordinator of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union. We chat about the woeful level of Newstart rates pre-coronavirus, the long history of unemployed workers movements in Australia and prospects for fighting back in this radically transformed situation.
Max, Sian and Freg talk with the brilliant lefty economist Alison Pennington and get her critical assessment of the Morrison government's business friendly political-economic response to the Corona crisis. We chat about the responses of the union movement and chart a tentative path forward.
In this episode of wrong island specially recorded for our overseas listeners we look at the Covid-19 crisis from a critical anti-racist perspective. Max and Sian interview Freg and Shan Windscript for a deep dive into China's virus response, Australia's coronanationalism and the long history of capitalism, colonialism and pandemics.