Coke or Pepsi?
And so the battle of the NSW political brands enters its final week – and at times it seems more like the Coke and Pepsi Taste Challenge; only this time the brown syrupy liquid is power.
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.
Travelex Wrong-un Stumps Staff
No Utopia In Lifetime Contracts
Della Renews Jobs Pledge
Chef Roasts Double Standard
Howard’s Navy – Aussies Need Not Apply
Bank Lockout Mars Peace Day
Intrepid Tourists Buck ILO Bans
Whistle Blown on Second Hand Rail Safety
Back-Packers Used to Break Hotel Strike
Qantas for High Jumps
Burrow Calls for New Family Formula
Central Queensland Sucks on Roche
Cabbies Hail Fair Deal
Smoke Free St Patricks Day
Workers Flush on Poo Pay
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.
Addicted to ANZUS
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.
A Plea for Legal Action
Johnny's Green Card
Veto The War
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Central Queensland Sucks on Roche
Mining contractor Roche stands accused of threatening the survival of rural towns, actively seeking itinerant workers rather than providing jobs for local families.
CFMEU activists will take that message to North Queensland Cowboys footy fans as part of their escalating campaign to force Roche into meeting industry standards on wages, conditions and safety in towns like Coppabella, Central Queensland.
The company has won mining contracts in the Hunter Valley and outback Queensland on the back of its stragegy of substantially undercutting entitlements enjoyed by miners. Three months of campaigning has resulted in Hunter Valley contractors signing up with the CFMEU Energy Division and the union is now shifting its organising focus to Coppabella where, it says, the situation is even worse.
"Their operation is classic boom and bust except for the fact that there is no boom for towns like Coppabella," CFMEU organiser Troy Burton says.
"They undercut competitors on wages and conditions then bus in contractors from outside, putting them up in old-style camps, rather than have them live in the local community.
"The upshot for these towns, already struggling for survival, is an increased threat to their services. Roche moves in, strips the local resources and moves on.
"We are looking at substantially increased hours, and donga-style accommodation. There is no room in the Roche equation for families or the commitment to a town that they would normally bring."
Roche is aggressively promoting individual contracts as a mechanism to defeat existing wages and conditions. A key element of its strategy is to bus-in and bus-out an itinerant workforce.
It has signed a 15-year contract to operate the Coppabella Mine.
Burton said unionists were buoyed by the success of their Hunter Valley organising campaign and pleged active resistance to Roche's stragey wherever it set up operations.
"We will follow them wherever they go," he pledged.
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