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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Shock: Abbott Backs Workers
Federal Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott has weighed into an industrial dispute, backing workers at Warringah Mall against an attempt to hit them with parking fees.
Abbott, who is also the local member, publicly accused Warringah Mall owners AMP of making a ‘greedy grab’ for cash, after they applied to Warringah Council to charge the workers four dollars a day.
The Shop Assistants Union (SDA) is leading the campaign, arguing the move would wipe out recent Living Wage increases overnight.
SDA state secretary Greg Donnelly says it's the third time the shopping centre management has made the play to levy workers, in a move he labels 'provocative and disrespectful'.
If implemented it would mean retail workers would lose access to safe parking. "Our members are on modest incomes and many require access to their vehicle before and after work for childcare purposes."
"Enough is enough," Donnelly says. "Employees are saying they are fed up with this yearly incursion against their parking entitlements and are determined to see this application off just like the last two."
"This has nothing to do with good planning, nothing to do with better parking and everything to do with more money."
And joining the SDA on the barricades is Abbott - who has backed the retail workers on this issue previously.
He told the Manly Daily this week: "I think they (AMP) need to understand that for the comparatively modest amount that they will raise from the parking charge, for Warringah Mall employees there's millions of dollars in bad blood." A shop steward couldn't have said it better!
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