Work and the Meaning of Life
The high-profile case of Kamal El-Masiri takes the debate over the intersection of work and family onto an altogether higher plane.
Interview: The Wet One
NSW Opposition industrial relations spokesman Michael Gallacher stakes out his relationship with the union movement.
Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Virgin Mobile is sexy and funky, right? Well, only if those terms have become synonyms for dictatorial or downright mean.
Unions: Demolition Derby
Tony Abbott likens industrial relations to warfare and, like a good general should, he is about to shift his point of attack – from building sites to car plants, reports Jim Marr.
Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
For the powerful, consumerism equals freedom, and is all the freedom we need, writes James Goodman
Politics: American Jihad
Let’s get real. The origins of modern Islamic terrorist groups are in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Langley, Virginia not Baghdad, argues Noel Hester.
Health: Secret Country
Oral history recordings are an inadequate tool in trying to find out what happened to Aboriginal stockmen and their communities on cattle stations in Northern Australia, writes Neale Towart
Review: Walking On Water
On the 20th anniversary of the first AIDS-related death, Tara de Boehmler witnesses the aftermath of losing a loved one to the illness in Walking On Water.
Novelist Anthony Macris captures life on the shop floor in this extract from his upcoming novel, Capital Volume II
Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
The University of Queensland has sought to join the ranks of union-busting companies like Rio Tinto in trying to sack the president of the local union - and made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with an array of acquiescent academics.
Muslims Snubbed in Discrimination Laws
Workplace Racism Rife Post S11
Mad Monk’s World In Turmoil
Qantas Directors Bust Wages Freeze
Deregistration on Cole Agenda
Aussie Wharfies Save Farmers
Victorian Libs Block Pay Rise
Dad’s the Word For Steelworkers
Funeral Workers Dig in Their Heels
Unions Expose Truth Of McDonalds’ People Promise
Gay and Lesbians Workers To Meet
VTHC Urges Compassion For Colombian Refugees
New Zealand Workers Win Paid Parental Leave
WorkCover Inspectors Off the Road
Mine Guards Shoot Own Workers
Unions On Call For Working Young
I Walk The Line
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has weighed into the Hilton Hotel dispute with this special message to the workforce.
Union Aid Abroad's Phil Hazelton fires off a missive from Laos where he is spending a year working with the community.
Month In Review
It was a month where the world teetered on the brink of peace, no thanks to the leader of the free world, writes Jim Marr
The Locker Room
The Laws Of Gravity
Phil Doyle goes looking for the fine line that separates sport from an exercise in time-wasting
Snouts in the Trough
It’s AGM season in the corporate world, and deal after shady deal is being exposed as highfliers treat company accounts like the proverbial honey-pot.
Who Is Farmhand?
Songs of Solidarity
There has been a proud history of pro-worker tunes dating back to the early days of the 20th century, which will be continued in a new CD, writes Dan Buhagiar.
Direct Voting Rights
Iraq is a Gobalisation Issue Too
Letter to George Dubya
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Workplace Racism Rife Post S11
A Turkish worker who has lived in Australia for 33 years says he’s been the butt of jokes and abuse from workmates since last years September 11 attacks on the United States.
Australian Workers Union’s delegate Ishmail Akdimir, says workmates at Boral Concrete have routinely thrown terms like ‘bomb thrower’, ‘towel wearer’ and ‘Osama’s brother’ over the past 12 months.
Addressing the NSW Labor Council, Ishmail says Boral management had turned a blind eye to the harassment and the abuse over his Muslim heritage, which only began after September 11.
"Copping the abuse at work is bad; but seeing management brushing it aside should not be accepted," Ishmail says.
AWU state secretary Russ Collison says when the union approached management about the incidents they responded that it wasn't too serious.
"What a disgrace, unions stand for unity between workers, we are concerned that employers will use the September 11 attacks and the increased hostilities between the US and Iraq as an opportunity to divide and put workers against each other," Collison says.
"We must educate our membership on the dangers of racism in the workplace, so that Australian workers of middle eastern backgrounds feel safe and secure in the workplace despite the backdrop of war in the Middle East."
The AWU is investigating taking action in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to force Boral to stop the racist taunts on Ishmail.
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