A Call to Action
While there has been a lot of angst, anger and no shortage of tub-thumping over Simon Crean's push to cut union influence in the ALP, the end result of the Hawke-Wran review is that it is a call to action for unions to reclaim their party.
Interview: Save Our Souls
Labor's superannuation spokesman Nick Sherry expands on his recent discussion paper into the industry.
Unions: Rats With Wings
As the Cole Commission continues to sidestep safety, another Sydney building accident puts workers at risk this week, Jim Marr reports
Bad Boss: If The Boot Fits
Royal Commission favourite and S & B Industries top dog, Barbara Strong, carts off this week’s Bad Boss nomination.
History: Political Bower Birds
Rowan Cahill looks at a new resource detailing the fading history of the Communist Party of Australia
International: No More Business as Usual
Global unions are stepping up their campaign against corporate rip-offs
Corporate: The Seven Deadly Sins of Capitalism
Shann Turnbull outlines a new set of rules that should govern capital in the post-Enron environment
A backyard horror story has left funeral workers worrying about mooted changes to industry regulations, Jim Marr reports
Review: Prepare To Bend
If it’s a feel good flick that you want, Bend It Like Beckham is sure to satisfy on every level, writes Tara de Boehmler
Satire: Bush Boosts Sharemarket Confidence: Shares his Cocaine Stash
President Bush has rushed to re-establish confidence in the US market by distributing cocaine from his own Presidential stash to Wall Street.
Mainstream Media Vacates IR
Ten Click Walker 'Unfit for Work'
Unions Push for Baby Nest
Casino Workers Overtime Jackpot
Abbott’s Task Force “Rank Hypocrisy”
Shipping Policy Blamed for Reef Damage
Dropping The Ball On Training
Combet Pushes Consultative Vehicle
Maternity Leave for Pacific Workers
Hit List of Forced Closures
Magistrate Endorses Health and Safety Rights
Contracts a Thorn in Workers' Side
Fringe Success for Workers’ Pick
Workers on Film
Last issue we asked you for your ideas on a union film script to match Ken Loach's The Navigators. Here are the best responses.
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet argues that the Australian car industry needs a partnership between business and labour.
The Locker Room
Dogs And Underdogs
Phil Doyle explains why losers are half the equation in each and every sporting contest
Week in Review
Filfthy Rich and Claptrap
While Labor and the Democrats are tearing themselves to shreds, Little Lachie and Rich Ray address the main game …
Fraser No Workers' Hero
It was a week when the Prime Minister washed his hands despite mounting evidence that the corporate world is out of control.
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Fringe Success for Workers’ Pick
Last year Workers Online drew the attention of readers to the work of young Australian political playwright Vanessa Badham.
According to correspondent Rowan Cahill, the Wollongong-based playwright was "an exciting talent (who) is developing an entertaining, intelligent, astute, robust" form of Left political theatre.
Earlier this year Badham's play Kitchen, a clever and dark satire on labour relations and global capitalism, set in a domestic kitchen and ending with cannibalism, played to small, appreciative audiences in Sydney. It was ignored by the mainstream media.
Currently Kitchen is playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and earlier this week was selected by leading UK newspaper The Guardian as its theatrical 'Pick of the Day'. A couple of days later The Scotsman joined the chorus of acclaim.
According to The Guardian reviewer Kitchen is "a very funny, unusually political" play which "cleverly uses the domestic to highlight the insanity of a wider world where people are expendable to the interests of multinational corporations and governments, and lives and communities are casually destroyed in the pursuit of profit".
The Guardian considers Badham "has the potential to be a major talent".
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