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
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Cabbies Hail Fair Deal
Port Stephens taxi drivers, who struck for better conditions last year, are hailing a state government move that will give them protection from exploitative employers.
Delegate Richard Sullivan hailed a Labor Government initiative that will extend IRC coverage to 3800 cabbies in country NSW. The regulatory change is contained in Industrial Relations policies released by Premier Bob Carr at a Labor Council meeting last month.
Sullivan and workmates were gobsmacked when their bid to be allowed to use air-conditioning in the middle of summer spluttered to a halt after employer representatives pointed out they had no right to put the case before the state's industrial umpire.
They were also seeking the return of flag fall monies kept by the company. The TWU estimates Port Stephens drivers are owed around $50,000.
Fifteen workmates struck over the issues for two and a half days last October. A delegation headed by Sullivan, TWU official, David Evans, and local MP, John Bartlett, put IRC recognition on the Carr Government agenda.
"We believed we had the same rights as everybody else," Sullivan said. "It came as a bit of a shock when we were told we weren't even allowed to put our case.
"Our problems still haven't been resolved but at least this recognises we have a right to be heard. That has to be an improvement on where we are at the moment."
Current regulations deny IRC rights to drivers outside metropolitan Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.
The TWU is conducting an organising drive amongst rural cabbies, arguing that wage rates, holiday pay, workers compensation and health and safety are issues across the industry.
An forum for drivers, featuring union, industry and government speakers, will be held on Sunday at 96 Tudor St, Hamilton.
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