Tony Abbott is at it again, with a wicked plan to cut research funding to universities that do not put their workers onto individual contracts.
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 – 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 Government’s 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.
Report Derails Freight Plans
Journo Embarrasses Cole
CASA a Safety Threat
Howard Shafts Battlers
Sparks Fly at Sydney Uni
Unions Target March 14 For Peace
Tongans Play Shame Game
Palestinians Question ICFTU
Neanderthals Roll Back Safeguards
Keep Vultures out of Culture
Bloody Noses for Sticky Beaks
Warning As Barrier Council Turns 80
Faint Praise for Labor Education Stand
Staff Bogged Down
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. He’s 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 doesn’t involve cricket, writes Phil Doyle.
Johnny Goes Marching Off
John Howard's politics have trapped him into supporting an unpopular war. He is in political trouble, Leonie Bronstein argues.
More Talk Needed on War
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Unions Target March 14 For Peace
Workers around NSW are being encouraged to hold workplace meetings and take symbolic action against Australian involvement in a war with Iraq on March 14 as the union drive for peace gathers steam.
Public transport workers will wear badges, building workers will hold stop work meetings and schools will conduct peace assemblies as part of coordinated action under the ‘Unions Work for Peace’ Banner.
The day has been earmarked to send a public message of opposition to John Howard's handling of the war and is part of a series of events in the lead up to the next major peace rally on Palm Sunday.
The Labor Council's Peace Committee has produced badges, posters and fliers for the day, all available through our No War on Iraq campaign page.
Local Action for a Global Problem
Union activists this week heard of the activities already going on in workplaces at a forum organised by the Labor Council of NSW:
- Finance Sector Union delegate Susan Walsh described how she had established 'Bennelong Against the War' and mobilised her workplace of eight to attend the recent rally.
- Public Service Association delegate Marie Hotschilt highlighted the importance of email lists in keeping members informed of what's going on in the campaign.
- And Teachers Federation delegate John Morris outlined how schools were planning peace assemblies and the lowering of flags to half-mast. Morris also called for a broader debate into a general strike should war be declared.
They were also briefed by Federal Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd, who raised concerns about the inadequate preparations for the humanitarian crisis that would accompany any US strike.
Long-time peace activist Audrey McDonald also outlined how workers had declared worksites 'peace jobs' during the Vietnam War.
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