Crean-ite Is Not A Dirty Word
Amongst the economic fundamentalists within Paul Keating's office, to be a Crean-ite was the ultimate insult. Today as their vision of an unregulated economic paradise gets the death wobbles, it should be worn as a badge of honour.
Interview: Trans Tasman
The head of the New Zealand trade union movement, Paul Goulter, outlines the importance of this weekend's Kiwi elections
Cole-Watch: The Full Story
In 20 years mainstream journalism around New Zealand, the UK and Australia, Jim Marr has never witnessed anything like the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry.
Unions: The Right To A Life
In the wake of this week's Reasonable Hours decision, it’s time to once again civilise working time, writes Noel Hester.
Bad Boss: Phoenix Rising
Eddie Lombardo just noses out fellow Royal Commission star Ferdinando Sanna for this week’s Bad Boss nomination.
Politics: The Virtuous State
Following Tasmania's first position in The State of the
States 2002, the ALP stormed home in the State poll, reports Christopher Sheil.
International: The Champions
They may be top of the world's football pile, but Brazil also has the dubious honour of 50 million living in poverty, writes Mark Weisbrot
History: Mandatory Mums
Women had been in revolt against “compulsory motherhood” for many years prior to the introduction of The Pill in the 1960s, Neale Towart discovers.
Corporate: Network Governance
A new way to govern public or private sector organisations is becoming urgent as society becomes more complex and dynamic, writes Shann Turnbull.
Review: Navigating The Doublespeak
How can you show a workforce the truth behind managerial doublespeak when the promise of big bucks is wooing them from their collective ideals? Offer them free tickets to Ken Loach's The Navigators and watch the penny drop.
Satire: Hector The Galah Found Hiding
Hector the Galah who was thought to have been stolen from West Ryde has been found hiding on the roof of a building in Surry Hills. He has resisted all attempts to capture him but when interviewed told the following story.
Poetry: Eight Days a Week
This week the Industrial Relations Commission came down with a decision in the reasonable hours case which, while a long way from what the ACTU wanted, could give a bit of steel to workers who want to take back what's theirs.
League to Blow Whistle on Sweat Shops
Rados Shames Ruddock Into Action
Virgin Contracts Spark Wage Rage
Jobs, Cargo Sail Over Horizon
Reasonable Hours Call to Arms
Big Tobacco Turns to Union-Busting
Athens Workers Pay Ultimate Price
Cranes At Risk in ‘August Winds’
Abbott’s Savings To Cost Workers
Trades Hall Revamp On Track
Top Nurse Bows Out
Name Caller Back to Work
Congo Unionists Need Help
Crossing the Divide
Former Liberal PM Malcolm Fraser made history addressing the AMWU national conference on an issue of mutual concern - the treatment of asylum seekers
The Locker Room
Lounge Named Best On Ground
The latest casualty of corporate sport is the loyal spectator on the hill, writes Phil Doyle
Appeasing Morocco Is Dangerous
Kamel Fadel updates on the latest developments in West Sahara's battle for independence.
Week in Review
Save the Last Dance ...
Labor and the Democrats swap places for the next dance at the political tango, while across the ditch, those darned Kiwis show big brother how it’s done – again!
No Need To Import IT Workers
Walls Come Tumbling Down
It was a week of carnage on the markets – and for a few former corporate high-fliers it was even uglier. Justice? Or just a system in decay?
Kangaroo Court Horrifies Reader
Site Reunites Redundant Workers
Carr Off Course
The Banners of Greed
Join The Party
Shocks and Stares
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Top Nurse Bows Out
Sandra Moait this week announced she would step down as head of the NSW Nurses Association after securing a guarantee from the Premier that he would honour the outcome of her members’ wages claim.
Moait made the announcement at this week's Nurses Annual Conference, just a day after Premier Bob Carr promised he would not appeal the current Industrial Relations Commission ruling.
But the popular nurses leader will not be bowing out of the movement altogether, announcing she would stay on as president of the NSW Labor Council.
Explaining that she wanted to retire as general secretary while she was still enjoying the job, Moait said she was proud of the union's achievement in building membership from 42,500 to 48,000 over the course of her two terms.
Earlier in the week one of the state's most senior nurses Professor Reta Creegan gave evidence to the Commission about the appalling conditions many nurses have to endure while carrying out their thankless work.
She told the Commission that while the number of nurses seeking fulltime work was at an all-time low, while the pressure on those currently in the system was higher than ever.
Excessive shift lengths, work overload, abuse from patients, poor facilities and depleted resources are just a few of the constant realities NSW nurses face on the job each day.
The NSWNA hopes its demands for a 15% pay rise, qualification allowances and retention allowances for nurses will go some of the way in addressing the issue and will encourage more people to choose nursing as a career.
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