Friday 10:00am

Industrial relations, the federal elections and how to build a fighting working class movement

Hosted by the Victorian Socialists

Join our special panel for a discussion of what’s at stake for the union movement in a federal election year, and how we can rebuild a fighting working class movement.


Tim Gooden, a lifelong socialist and prominent unionist, was Secretary of Geelong Trades Hall from 2005 until 2016. Tim was the lead candidate for Victorian Socialists in the Western Victoria upper house region in the 2018 state election.

Kath Larkin is lead delegate for the Rail Tram and Bus Union at Flinders Street Station, and a former womens officer with the RTBU. She is Victorian Socialists’ candidate for Cooper in the 2019 federal election.

Jerome Small (chairing) is a long time construction worker, and Socialist Alternative’s industrial organiser. He is Victorian Socialists’ candidate for Calwell in the 2019 federal election.


Jerome Small, Will Labor change the rules?, Red Flag, 22 October 2018

Jerome Small, What can we learn from past union revivals?, Red Flag, 3 February 2019

Tim Gooden, Defeating capital’s campaign to reduce the cost of labour, Green Left Weekly, 7 October 2016

Norm Dixon, Lessons of the Australian Accord, Links Journal, 2002

RTBU Delegate, On strike against Metro, Red Flag, 15 Sept 2015

Tim Lyons, Organising Ourselves: Rebuilding Australian Unions, Per Capita 2018

Tom Bramble, Our unions in crisis: how did it come to this? Marxist Left Review, 2018

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