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
Law and Order
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Qantas for High Jumps
A key group of airline workers is specifying three hurdles that Qantas’ highly-publicised drug and alcohol testing regime must jump to win acceptance.
FAAA International secretary, Johanna Brem, noted Qantas had set itself apart from other companies by indicating it wanted to introduce tests in consultation with employees. On that basis, and its commitment to education, she expressed "cautious optimism".
However, Brem said, any arrangement should be measured against three criteria. Would the regime - measure impairment, or just record detection; what would be the standards adopted; and, how would the independence of the testing authority be guaranteed?
Brem said the FAAA would look to be part of an agreed union response to the Qantas proposal co-ordinated by the ACTU.
The company's initial approach sets it apart from a string of other employers who have sought to impose alcohol and drug testing on their workforces.
In Melbourne, this week, defence contractor Tenix backed away from a showdown with unions that could have compromised work on its $6 billion ANZAC frigate contract.
After IRC intervention, Tenix agreed not to try and introduce its random testing policy until conciliation talks had been held in the AIRC. Members of the AMWU, AWU and ETU had planned rolling stoppages from Wednesday and Tenix, the company of choice for Peter Reith, had responded with threats of seek damages in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, a disability services worker has been stood down by the House with No Steps, for refusing to undergo a test for suspected marijuana use. The worker was stood down on February 24 and the union notified a dispute to the NSW IRC, which has been set down for hearing next week.
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