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 week�s heat of the Workers� 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 Bush�s 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 � 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 � 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 doesn�t 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 headlines�
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More Effort Required On Disabled Workers
The ACTU is urging employers to introduce quotas for employing workers with disabilities, and praised initiatives like IBM's diversity program.
It says a renewed commitment is needed to provide practical assistance to disabled workers - currently 10% of Australian workforce - and help must be provided where and when it is needed most.
Speaking at the ACTU's Workers With A Disability Conference, council president Sharan Burrow said workers with a disability were the "neglected sector", struggling to be heard while enduring discriminatory wages and conditions and often being forced to deal with on the job abuse.
Burrow said it was vital for unions, the government, employers, and community groups to work together to break down the barriers for workers with a disability.
She also praised IBM's diversity programs, which are given "focus and attention from the highest levels of the company".
IBM CEOs chair diversity councils that are established to integrate into the workplace people with disabilities.
The company has a recruitment process for sourcing and attracting people with disabilities and supports its program with flexible work practices and policies.
IBM also awards managers who help create an inclusive environment in their teams and runs a regular audit program to ensure all IBM buildings are accessible for people with a disability.
Burrow said the federal government's proposed changes to the disability support pension - which lowered the wage people could earn before losing their benefits - were evidence of its continuing lack of support for workers with a disability and said the ACTU was pleased to see the "cold and compassionless" budgetary cuts were currently under review.
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