Re-considering The Accord
The twentieth anniversary of the Hawke Government’s election provides an opportunity to ponder the Accord’s historical conundrum: how at the moment of the union movement’s greatest influence did it suffer its greatest loss of members?
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Through a distortion in the time-space continuum, we have found a recording showing how people a few years into the future will deal with health care.
Interview: League of Nations
ICFTU general secretary Guy Ryder on the war, core labour standards and why Australia is an international pariah.
Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
A retrospective analysis of the Accord is needed to help develop future strategies. Is it worth trying again? And if so, what would need to be different?
Organising: On The Buses
A new rank and file leadership team is standing up for the harried bus driver in the run-up to the NSW State Election
Unions: National Focus
A gaze around the country reveals some inspiring and innovative organising initiatives, a fruitful connection with young workers in South Australia and some typically robust industrial campaigns reports Noel Hester.
History: The Banner Room
On the eve of it’s refurbishment, Jim Marr ventures into one of Trades Hall’s best kept secrets; the room that houses relics of labour’s halcyon days.
International: The Slaughter Continues
Chilling new statistics from Colombia's main trade union confederation CUT: nine trade unionists assassinated in the first two months of this year.
Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Aaron Magner looks at the legal implications of the crusade of the Coalition of the Willing
Culture: Singing For The People
When there’s a struggle for social justice, when a war is brewing or rights are being eroded, the first ones to pen, paper and protest are often the folkwriters.
Review: The Hours
On the eve of International Women’s Day Tara de Boehmler follows the tale of three women who would rather choose death than a life devoid of personal choice.
Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Scarier than Star Wars, the latest weapon to be deployed in the battle for Iraq is the Singing Dubya.
Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
Australian cricketer Shane Warne today admitted that he was still feeling the after effects of the diuretic he tested positive to.
Sacre Bleu – It’s “La Gong” Now
Mum Raises Labour Hire Bar
Investigate the Buggers
NSW Libs Madder Than The Monk
Kits Strike Terror into Govt
West Braces for Shelling
Executive Pay Under Senate Spotlight
Clean Energy’s Jobs Bonus
Zoo Workers Buck ‘Mercy Killing’
Canberra Firefighters Win Union Backing
Global Equity Under Spotlight
Aussie Workers Fight Indian Child Labour
Water on the Brain
Shock jock Alan Jones snubbed his Liberal mates to bucket the Cole Royal Commission and launch Jim Marr's book
The Locker Room
Boer Bore Boring
In the face of oppression Phil Doyle falls asleep in front of the TV
The Hawke and Keating legacy is John Howard, Leonie Bronstein argues.
Hands Off, Tony
John Della Bosca argues the NSW Industrial Relations System gives his State a competitive advantage.
Re - Core/Non Core promises.
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.
Strangers in the House
Nursing Home Concerns
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Global Equity Under Spotlight
An International Women’s Day march of thousands through the streets of Sydney coincided with the release of a global equal pay report showing women were still being paid between 10 and 50 percent less than their male counterparts.
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions report Equality through pay equity collates statistics and case studies from around the world and shows what various trade unions are doing to secure a fair go for women.
It says trade unions are building up their strategy of developing a clearer understanding of the nature of discrimination, identifying where it exists, and bringing women's wages up to the same level as men doing similar work or jobs of comparable worth.
It says there have been some major successes in the industrialised world, particularly in Canada, New Zealand and Britain.
Canada public sector unions have won a very substantive pay award for women in the low paid sector while, in New Zealand, primary teachers have achieved parity with secondary school teachers, the report says.
In one British case study, women in a school meal-service had their pay cut when their jobs were privatised yet maintenance staff who were mainly men did not. With the support of their union UNISON, the women were able to win an equal pay case, the report says, adding that "successes like these make women want to join and participate in the union and also strengthen the union as a whole."
Meanwhile, the Sydney leg of Women's Day celebrations will saw thousands march in the name of peace and diversity on Saturday, highlighting the effects of war and racism both on women and on society as a whole.
The event will kick off 11am at Sydney Town Hall, and march onto Belmore Park. Speakers include Kerry Nettle from the Greens, trade unionist Naomi Arrowsmith, and Indigenous activist Cleonie Quayle.
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