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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Water on the Brain
Members of the ASU will be prominent in a protest against GATS outside Sydney Water’s Bathurst St offices next Tuesday.
Workers will assemble around noon to send a message to Governments that vital assets must not be sold off as part of the controversial expansion of GATS to include services.
ASU Sydney Water delegate Harvey Purse says workers are keenly interested in the question because job losses and inferior services would be the most likely result of sale to a profit-driven operator private operator.
"Australia's water resources must be owned and controlled by all Australians. It's our most precious resource and we must never sell it off," Purse said.
The protest comes as Governments, including Australia's, conduct secret negotiations on the extension of GATS to include Trade in Services. Such an agreement would put electricity, water and media up for grabs, without any rules to protect local interests.
It was the push for this type of system that led to Enron taking over vital services in India and Latin American, chopping workers and pricing electricity outside the reach of many citizens.
The proposal took another black eye when international pharmaceutical giants tried to block Third World attempts to produce AIDS drugs at affordable prices. Australia's own Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is already coming under heavy pressure from the same source.
Protest organisers say they are not aware of any plans to privatise Sydney Water but argue it would become a "distinct possibility if foreign multinationals came hunting armed with another GATS club
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