Scales of Injustice
The Cole Royal Commissionís final report will be handed to the Howard Government this week, although its public release will be strategically delayed for maximum political capital.
Interview: Agenda 2003
ACTU secretary Greg Combet looks at the year ahead and how a union movement can keep the focus on the workplace at a time of global crisis.
Peace: The Colour Purple
Local communities across Australia are taking stands against war by displaying purple banners. Jim Marr visits one.
Industrial: Long, Hot Summer
As Workers Online took its annual break, the world kept turning Ė at an increasingly alarming velocity.
Solidarity: Workers Against War
Joann Wypijewski reports on how union locals in the USA are fighting the hounds of war at home.
Security: Howard And The Hoodlums
With all the talk of terror, the Howard Governmentís Achilles heel is its tolerance of Flags of Convenience shipping , writes Rowan Cahill
International: Industrial Warfare
Scottish freight train drivers have already acted to disrupt the war effort in the UK with crews of four freight trains carrying war supplies to ports walking off the job, writes Andrew Casey
History: Unions and the Vietnam War
The Vietnam experience steered some unions towards social activism for the first time. Unions are today key players in the anti-war movement, writes Tony Duras.
Review: Eight Miles to Mowtown
Mark Hebblewhites looks at two summer movies that tap into different sounds of American culture - white boy rap and motown blues.
Poetry: Return To Sender
Resident bard Divd Peetz discovers that Elvis has become the latest shock recruit to the peace cause.
Satire: CIA Recruits New Intake of Future Enemies
CIA Director George Tenet announced today that the agency has begun recruiting future enemies for the year 2014.
Cole Commission: The Rort Goes On
Penalty Rates Under Attack
Abbott Brushes Ripped Off Aussies
Overworked Seamanís Painful Hangover
Australia Snubs International Body
Women Attracted to Unions
Murdoch Hacks Dropping Like Flies
Peace is Union Business
Qantas Takes Big Stick to Cabin Crew
Sheltered Workshop in Orange Squeeze
Carr Govt Commits $13m To Safety
Monk Puts IR in Test Tube
Concreters Bury Six-Day Week
Graincorp Boss in Cyber War
Getting On with The Job
Premier Bob Carr chose Trades Hall as the venue to launch Labor's IR policy for the upcoming state election.
Justice in Bogota
Sydney lawyer Ian Latham knows how to pick them. Heís gone straight from the Cole Royal Commission to justice Colombian-style.
The Locker Room
Heart Of Darkness
There is a school of thought that there is, in fact, only one World Cup - and it doesnít involve cricket, writes Phil Doyle.
This Means War
John Howard's politics have trapped him into supporting an unpopular war. He is in political trouble, Leonie Bronstein argues.
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Australia Snubs International Body
The Howard Government stands accused of ignoring its international obligations after walking away from the International Labour Organisation.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions secretary-general Guy Ryder told Workers Online the Australian Government had failed to nominate for any positions or committees at the ILO for the past four years.
The ILO has representatives from government, employers and unions, with positions tenured for three years.
Representatives play a leading role in developing ILO Conventions to define core global labour standards, developing programs to maximise employment opportunities and dealing with social and health issues in the workplace.
Ryder says while Australia remains a member nations of the ILO, it seems to be down-grading itself as a multilateral player.
"The Australian has absented itself from the ILO's governing body when in a very deliberate step it chose not to present its candidacy - it wanted to take a back seat in the running of the organization," Ryder.
"It's a sad sign of the Australian Government's regard for the international system and its willingness to be a player in the international system - and it clearly does not want its domestic labour policies to be subject to the guidance of the international community.
"Australia's absence from the ILO's governing body is bad for Australia and it's bad for the ILO", Ryder says.
While the Howard Government has never stated its reasons for withdrawing from the forum, the move followed findings from the ILO that sections of the Workplace Relations Act breached ILO Conventions.
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