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Masterclass for Activists

Jul 6, 2020

To realise the goal of a fairer society by developing a counter-strategy to neoliberalism, we first need to analyse neoliberalism and be able to explain it to working people.

Episode 2 Neoliberalism and a New Deal unpacks the strategy of neoliberalism to wind back workers’ rights and living standards and weaken our democracy. It also discusses how the CoVid19 pandemic has dramatically exposed the failings of neoliberalism and looks to the future by discussing what a new deal for working people should look like. 

In this episode, our host Emeritus Professor Ed Davis is joined by Sharan Burrow (General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation), Dave Noonan (National Secretary, Construction Division CFMEU) and union elder Tom McDonald (former National Secretary, Building Workers Industrial Union).

Sharan Burrow refers listeners to the Communique of the Centenary Conference (2019) of the International Labor Organisation. You can view the Communique here.

Listeners will also hear Chloe and Jason Roweth perform music that has inspired activists across the generations. You can find out more about the Roweth's music here.

This podcast has been produced by Deliberately Engaging in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to build the capabilities of civil society and give people a greater voice. Learn more here.

This series has been made possible by the support Professor Davis, the Committee to Defend Trade Unions Rights, Tony and Nina Bleasdale, Chloe and Jason Roweth, Sally McManus and all our guests who appear during the series.

The Swaggies Have All Waltzed Matilda Away (Words and Music by Alistair Hulett).