End of Ignorance
The tragic events in Bali have touched all Australians, brought the human face of terrorism into our lives and created a few brief moments of political bi-partisanship.
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.
No Night Shift for Sunset Workers
Workmates Back Kamal’s Right to Pray
Unions Target Corporate AGMs
Nurses Short-Changed On Parking
Abbott Makes Grab for Broken Hill
Unions Get Ready to Wobble
Brogden Flags Assault On Injured Workers
‘Build a Life’ Gathers Steam
The West Gets with the Best
Child Carers Get $18 Living Wage
Victorian Workers Rally for Kingham
Woolies in Redundancy Fight
Unions Call for Peace
Clown Nearly Shuts Darwin Hospital
Teachers Eye Historic ATSIC Alliance
Support Grows for US Waterfront Workers
Work Stress Kills The Healthy
Unions Back Sinn Fein Mandate
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.
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.
Memo to Junior
Pandora's Box on Prayer?
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Unions Get Ready to Wobble
The trade union movement will launch a CD collection of workers’ songs for the 21st century at Sydney’s Metro on Wednesday October 30.
The CD, ‘May Day – Songs of Solidarity’ emerged from a national search for a new union anthem undertaken by Wobbly Radio, the NSW Labor Council’s online site for emerging Australian artists.
The Union Anthem competition was launched in January, attracting more than 100 entries with the $5000 first prize going to 23-year-old Campbeltown rapper Adam Dunn (aka Swarmy G).
The CD features a wide range of styles including rap and hip-hop, indie guitar, electronic, industrial, folk and even a traditional union choir singing Billy brag's 'Power in the Union'.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the diversity of sounds on the CD reflected the broad church that makes up the modern union movement.
"We have all styles of workers from coal miners and building workers, in health and education and, increasingly, in new areas like call centres and IT," Robertson says..
"The common theme is people working together to build better lives - a credo reflected in all the songs on this CD."
Respected singer-songwriter Bernie Hayes will headline the concert, with Swarmy G, as well as song comp finalists Urban Guerillas and Ginger Tom also performing. Melbourne band Long Weekend will close out the line-up.
For $10 union members will get entry to the launch plus a copy of the limited edition CD. Bring your union card.
For more details check out Wobbly Radio
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