If there's a common thread running through this week's issue, it's the continuing crisis faced by workers around the globe confronting the practical reality of Free Trade.
Interview: Cross Wires
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance chief Chris Warren surveys the fluid state of the Australian media.
International: Two Tribes
As the Middle East burns, Andrew Casey shines a light into one of the world's darkest corners.
Activists: Beneath the Veil
A young Afghani woman has travelled to Australia to put a human face on the suffering of her people - and her gender.
Unions: Terror Australis
When push comes to shove, it appears the Howard Government is more scared of the Maritime Union than Osama Bin Laden, Jim Marr reports.
History: A Labor Footnote To The Royal Funeral
Stephen Holt reports that an intriguing Australian connection has been overlooked amidst the supposedly blanket media coverage of the end of the Bowes Lyon era.
Economics: Private Affluence, Public Rip-Off
New Labour's enthusiasm for business is matched only by its lack of business sense, as the private finance fiasco shows.
Review: The Great Hall of the People
In an extract from the latest issue of Labor Essays, the ARM's Richard Fidler looks at the symbolism behind the Republican debate.
Poetry: Waiting for the Living Wage
The Living Wage Case was heard this week. The workers� voices in this poem have been adapted from the evidence presented by low wage earners to the living wage case.
Satire: Israel Recruits NAB To Close West Bank
Israeli security forces have successfully enlisted the expert help of the National Australia Bank to close down the West Bank.
Baby Company Punts Netball Mum
Dairy Workers Win Global Breakthrough
Treasury Modelling Backs ACTU Claim
Bank Nabs Huge Sales Targets
Come Clean � Insurance Giants Challenged
May Day Jam and Toast
Job Security Win For Cabin Crew
Workers Gear-up For Pollution Fight
Shuffling The Deck On The Yarra
New Push On Workplace Crime
Super Child Care Win
Doubts Over Ettalong Wharf Funding
The Sane Monk Stands Down
Fabians Debate Refugees
Unions and the Web � Where to Now?
Peter Lewis argues the time has come to revisit how trade unions interact with workers and how the Web could be the catalyst for such a change.
The Locker Room
Free To Where?
Parents with kiddies who play a bit of sport will have noticed the escalating costs associated with their kids being involved in sport.
Week in Review
Labor and Unions - What About the Workers?
The Joys of the Chop
Workers come and workers go, right? Well, it�s the way of the world but while some get stiffed, others are stuffed with obscene amounts �
A Voice for the Shareholders
Noses in the Trough
Memo: Carmen Lawrence
Police: Make the Boss a Woman
Baby Faced Brogden
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New Push On Workplace Crime
A five point plan is being floated to protect traumatised victims of workplace crime after they were deserted by major party MPs in the NSW Parliament last week.
Labor and Liberal members rolled a disallowance motion from Green MLC Lee Rhiannon that would have protected compensation for those suffering psychological or psychiatric injuries.
Labour Council secretary John Robertson will ask the Premier to introduce a package of protections, reflecting the special stutus given victims by the criminal system.
"Workplace crime touches thousands of workers each year - police, emergency service staff, retail and bank workers and those in the hospitality industry," Robertson says.
"The Premier has put substantial resources into protecting members of the public affected by crime, yet removed the protections for workers confronted by crime in the workplace."
The Labour Council is proposing:
- a special regulation giving workplace crime victims access to workers compensation
- higher payments to workers injured through criminal activity
- greater WorkCover policing of security arrangement in crime hotspots such as banks and major retail centres
- a code of practice for the management and minimisation of workplace violence
- WorkCover-funded support group for victims of workplace crime and access to WorkCover-funded counselling for them and their families
Police Association secretary, Peter Remfrey, warns that Government's psychiatric and psychological compensation guideline has not been endorsed by relevant medical colleges.
This could, he argues, lead to improper assessments for victims of workplace violence, resulting in unfair compensation awards.
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