The Lotto Economy
The failure of George W Bush's much-hyped pitch for corporate responsibility underlines the current crisis facing unregulated global capitalism: the system is corrupting all before it.
Interview: Capital in Crisis
ACTU president Sharan Burrow outlines the global union response to the corporate carnage gripping an increasingly shaky system.
Industrial: No Sweat
Neale Towart surveys the international debate around sweatshops and what can be done to regulate them
Bad Boss: Super Spam
Several late scratchings have seen Workplace Relations Department secretary Peter Boxall win this weekï¿½s heat of the Workersï¿½ Online Bad Boss handicap.
History: Living Treasures
Labour History is 40 this year. Greg Patmore looks back at what it took to get a regular journal of the labour movement in Australia up and away.
International: Axis of Evil
George W Bushï¿½s scarecrow trio of Iran, Iraq and North Korea is not an original invention, argues Stephen Holt
Solidarity: Pride of Place
NSW Labor Council and CFMEU flags sit alongside the mounted jersey of former Kiwi Rugby League hooker Syd Eru in a modest home at Manurewa, south Auckland.
Technology: The Art of Cyber-Unionism
More Unionism? Transformed Unionism? Peter Waterman looks at a new handbook for unions and the internet
Poetry: The Masochism Tango
Tony Abbott's comment we should accept a bad boss like a bad husband or bad father has made us all realise that instead of fighting bad bosses, we should love them. Anyone for a tango?
Satire: Foxtel-Optus Merger 'Anti-Repetitive'
The ACCC has ruled today that the proposed content sharing arrangement between Foxtel and Optus Vision would constitute anti-repetitive conduct
Review: Bob Carr's Thoughtlines
Stephen Holt reviews one man's journey from collectivism to the centre
Sweat Shops ï¿½ Coming To A Street Near You
Glassworkers Walk for the Umpire
Family Friendly For A Buck
Abbott in Slow GEER
Royal Commission Bugs Workers
Drivers Frozen Out by Corporate Spin
Coca-Cola Brews Storm In A Tea Cup
Bush Prepares for War on the Wharves
Safety Summit A Hit With Unions
Beattie Faces Bargaining Face-Off
Casual Work Exploits ï¿½ Catholic Church Agency
More Effort Required On Disabled Workers
Protecting Security Officers From Disease
Why Modernisation Matters
Labor frontbencher Mark Latham argues that the ALP's reform agenda must go way beyond the 60-40 debate.
The Locker Room
Playing To The Whistle
Phil Doyle takes a look at the man in the middle, and he doesnï¿½t like what he sees.
Inquiry Into Executive Pay
The ACTU Executive this week called for a public debate on spiralling executive pay packets, seeking feedback from workers, community representatives and unions.
Up In Smoke
Wobbly Radio's Nick Luccinelli reports from England where drug law reform is on the political agenda.
Week in Review
Bulldust and Boofheads
Jim Marr casts his eye over a week in which bullshit and bad bosses fought for headlinesï¿½
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Drivers Frozen Out by Corporate Spin
Bus drivers are being left out in the cold by a State Transit organisation that has failed to get its head around workers rights, after all these years.
As drivers representatives screamed blue murder over their employerï¿½s thumbs-down for early-morning beanies, Labor Council secretary John Robertson recalled that STAï¿½s last foray into head fashion saw them ban Sikh workers from wearing turbans.
Labor Council is seeking an urgent meeting with Transport Minister Carl Scully to remonstrate over the "no beanies" edict, released last week.
"It's quite reasonable on a cold morning to be allowed to wear a beanie, especially one that's consistent with State Transit's uniform," Robertson argued.
The blue broke out as Sydney recorded its coldest morning of the year, with temperatures below zero as drivers started up buses for early-morning runs.
Drivers are particularly upset because one of their number went out and ordered blue beanies, complete with authority monicker, to fit in with State Transit uniforms. Drivers buy them for $20 a throw, with half the sale price being donated to the Children's Hospital.
A State Transit Authority spokesperson explained on 2BL this week that beanies were considered inappropriate because bus drivers were expected to convey a "corporate image" to the public.
"We want bus drivers to maintain a corporate look," she added.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union secretary Nick Lewocki threatened a campaign of civil disobedience if State Transit failed to "wake up to the cold light of day".
Early morning rail workers were already wearing multi-coloured beanies around city stations in defiance of the STA edict, he revealed.
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