Lessons from History
History has a seemingly infinite capacity to create and debunk myths, as the latest offering from the Journal of Labour and Social History shows.
Interview: Trade Secrets
Federal Labor’s trade spokesman Craig Emerson is on a mission to bring the shady world of trade talks into the open
Industrial: It’s About Overtime, Stupid
An overtime free-for-all is at the heart of Australia’s hours explosion and it's time to look at a cap on hours, reports Noel Hester from the ACTU’s Working Hours Summit.
Unions: Full Steam Ahead
After two weeks of rallies around the state, rural Rail Towns are making a stand for jobs and safety. Jim Marr reports.
Bad Boss: The BBQ Battle Axe
Manly restaurateur, David Diamond, is a shoo-in for this month’s Bad Boss nomination, leaving Workers Online looking for a good employer who can undo some of his damage.
Economics: Different Dimensions of Debt
Professor Frank Stilwell presented the big picture on debt policy at the Evatt Foundation’s Breakfast Seminar
History: Raking the Coals
Labour historians Rae Cooper and Greg Patmore explain why today’s organisers have much to learn from the lessons of the past.
History Special: Wherever the Necessity Exists
Rae Cooper tracks NSW union organising between 1900-1910 to argue that today’s activists should be looking closer to home for inspiration
History Special: Learning from the Past
Ray Markey looks at union membership growth in the 1880s & 1900s to argue that today’s unions must engage to grow.
History Special: A 'Cosy Relationship'
Barbara Webster looks at Rockhampton between 1916 – 1957 to debunk the ‘dependence’ theory of trade union growth.
Politics: Regime Change for Saddam
Labour lawyer Jim Nolan looks at the challenge for the Left in the current geopolitical stand-off in the Middle East.
International: World War
Europe has suddenly come aflame with industrial action, Andrew Casey reports.
Corporate: Industrious Thinking
Neale Towart looks at the influence of German immigration on Australian industry policy in the post-war period.
Review: Jack High
Mick Molloy’s new flick Crackerjack tells the tale of a traditional bowling club struggling to stay afloat in an industry dominated by pokies, pokies and more pokies, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Culture: Duffy’s Song
Former Labor Council official Mark Duffy’s Sydney super band Sundial clocks in a bit of a corker.
Satire: A Nation of Sooks
The Strewth Institute's Tony Moore looks at the spate of defo suits and wonders if Australia has gone soft.
Poetry: Mr Flexibility
One of the key challenges facing unions, as the ACTU celebrates its 75th anniversary, is confronting the problems of increasing working hours and work intensity under the guise of "flexibility". Our resident bard, David Peetz, takes up that theme this week.
And On the Seventh Day – Satan Joins Union
Security Masks Political Bans
Members Offered Spotters' Fee
Casuals Written Out of the Script
New Mining Bully On the Block
ACTU Examines The Cap Option On Hours
No Sweetener for Diabetic Workers
Pressure Goes on Apartheid Employers
ASIC Turns Blind Eye on Dodgy Boss
Family Test Case a Priority Campaign
Echoes of Prestige Hit Home
Brutal Bashing Sparks Prison Strike
Minister Challenged by Cleaners
ABC Journos Off The Air
Union Says RSCPA "Kills"...
Guards Demand Campus Security
Uni Backs Down On Regional Review
Peace Returns to US Docks
A man - a worker - risks death by machine gun to escape what he is told is a 'workers' state'. He flees East Berlin through a tunnel, dug beneath a cemetery.
And the Winner Is …
It’s that time of the year when we honour the best. In the past week, both the IR Writers fraternity and ACTU have got in the act with more to come.
The Locker Room
More Post-Colonial Madness
Phil Doyle joins the fools and Englishmen out in the midday sun, and finds that it all comes at a price.
The Howard Government backs off its plans to privatise the rest of Telstra under market pressure. But it’s nothing like the pressure that former HIH directors are under.
Month In Review
Oh Bugger Me!
As Elvis might have said, if he had had a longer-term perspective “ooh, what a month it was, it really was such a month …”
State Based Organising
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Minister Challenged by Cleaners
The politician responsible for the cleaning of NSW schools has been asked to accept a challenge - go to his local school and try to do the work of school cleaners in the hours allocated.
Six LHMU Cleaners Union members met with the NSW Minister for Public Works, Morris Iemma, in his office to explain their Keep It Clean campaign.
They handed Mr Iemma a petition, signed by more than 10,000 people, calling for an end to the cuts in hours allocated for the cleaning of schools, and other government workplaces - and improvements in equipment, supplies and other conditions in the coming round of new tender contracts.
"This is the largest ever petition we have collected - and it shows that community people are increasingly disquieted by the standard of cleaning in our schools," Sonia Minutillo, the LHMU Cleaners Union NSW Executive Vice-President, said.
"Our members are increasingly reporting that with each new contract tender they are finding that the numbers expected to do the cleaning job at schools is dropping, and the hours are disappearing.
"Add to that the old and faulty equipment - the task is not just impossible, it is becoming a health hazard for our school kids.
"That's why the theme of this year's cleaners campaign for better conditions is - Keep it Clean. Give us Time," Sonia Minutillo said.
The LHMU delegation meeting with the Minister handed him a 12 minute video explaining the union's campaign. It featured school cleaners from every part of the State and it clearly reminded the Minister that school cleaners will be voting in the March election.
"If we don't get a good deal our of our negotiations we will remember and we will tell school communities, parents and neighbours," Minutillo says
"We have put the challenge to the Minister, Morris Iemma, to deliver a better deal to the people who voted his government into power - let's see if he is ready for the challenge."
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