The Legacy of 11/9
From the orgy of righteous indignation that has enveloped the ‘Free World’ this week a more chilling truth is emerging: if the suicide bombers were attacking Liberal-Democracy they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
Interview: Still Flying
Flight Attendant’s Association international secretary Johanna Brem looks at life in the air since last September’s terrorist attacks.
International: President Gas
NSW Firefighter’s president Darryl Snow sent this missive to his members on the anniversary of a day when 343 of their colleagues died in the line of duty.
Politics: Australia: A Rogue State?
ARM director Greg Barnes argues that September 11 has summoned a new era of isolationism and international lawlessness.
History: Levelling September
Counterpunch’s Peter Linebaugh reminds us that September 11 is the anniversary of another seminal battle: the fight for the English commons
Unions: Welfare Max
Maximus Inc is big, American and controversial. Right now its knocking on the door of Australian welfare delivery and there is every chance the Howard Government will usher it inside, reports Jim Marr.
Bad Boss: Welcome to Telstra!
A Telstra call centre has joined the race for Bad Boss after sacking a pregant woman who had the audacity to need to use the toilet
Health: Fat Albert: The Grim Reaper
Workers Online’s cultural dietician Mark Morey chews the fat over this week’s conference on child obesity
Poetry: A Man From the East And A Man From The West
Resident Bard David Peetz has penned this ode to the sacked Hilton hotel workers
Review: The Sum Of All Fears
Tara de Boehmler checks in to see that America’s cultural cringe is alive, well and sponsored by Marlboro cigarettes
‘Robbed Generation’ Seeks Stolen Wages
One Year On: Ansett Crash Still Hurts
Cole Exposed By Immigration Scam
Car Workers on Howard Hit List
Mystery Windfall for Hilton Workers
Shock: Abbott Backs Workers
Union Billboards Censored
Track Grab Ignores Lessons of Glenbrook
Casual Approach to Air Safety
Bosses Say No Living Wage For NSW Childcarers
Pastry Workers Tell Boss To Get Puffed
Injury Toll Mushrooms
Victorian Zookeepers Down Buckets
Pride and Safety for Workers Out!
Labor's living legend challenged NSW Labor to lift its game as he attended a renaming of 2KY House to Gough Whitlam Plaza.
The Locker Room
Support The System That Supports You
This system is a certainty, a moral, a good thing and a knocktaker; well, at least according to Phil Doyle
RIP Chainsaw Al
One of the heroes of corporate downsizing has been cut down but his memory lives on with golden handshakes for leaders of failed businesses still thick on the ground.
Week in Review
Lest We Forget
You can’t help a sneaking suspicion, Jim Marr writes, that George Bush is conscripting the dead of September 11, 2001, to lead his push for another war in the Gulf…
The Importance of Being Ernie
It was the tenth annual “Ernie” Awards for sexist behaviour and Labor Council’s Alison Peters was amongst the noisy punters
The CFMEU Race Debate #1
Gay and Lesbian trade unionists are organising an international conference to develop a global response to homophobia in the workplace, writes Ryan Heath
The CFMEU Race Debate #2
Keeping it Clean
Sue the Leaders?
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Track Grab Ignores Lessons of Glenbrook
Railway workers are warning the Howard Government that a plan to break up the rail network into separate business units would set the scene for another rail disaster like Glenbrook.
The federal government is currently pressuring NSW to hand over control of tracks and allow a contestability regime, similar to the ill-fated British Rail experience.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Nick Lewocki says the proposal - which would also see the loss of 600 full-time jobs - would create different systems, standards and procedures across the state rail network.
"We are concerned that, following Glenbrook, the industry should not return to the system of contestability where track maintenance work is put up for tender to the private sector and contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder," Lewocki says.
"During the period in which contestability was the policy of the NSW Government there was a significant decline in the quality and standards of the track infrastructure.
"When we warned of the safety implications of this at the time we were accused of scare mongering; Glenbrook showed the dangers of cutting corners in track maintenance."
RTBU delegates are working with local communities across the state to build a campaign against the plans.
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