Shock and Awe
And so it has begun, the cartoon caricatures are locked in; the cowboy and the tyrant his father created, locked in an endgame that will trash more than the infrastructure of Iraq.
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 itís refurbishment, Jim Marr ventures into one of Trades Hallís best kept secrets; the room that houses relics of labourís 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 thereís 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 Womenís 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.
Peace Marchers Warn Off Provocateurs
Monk Ignores Job Losses
Trade Warriors Turn to Water
Gap, Target Pay Sweatshop Dues
Firies Douse Insurance Blaze
Kennett Delivers $2m Gas Bill
Vials Sparks Security Scare
Buggers Hit Six
Rail Towns Win Jobs Reprieve
Telstra Dotty Over Witching Hour
Crow Eaters Choke on Waste
CSL Boss in Political Pickle
Lawyers Push Super Class Action
Fair Clothing Activists Take Stock
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.
I Miss Unions
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.
Viva Le Imperialists!
The First Casualty
Calling All Libs
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Trade Warriors Turn to Water
The Federal Government is being urged to use World Water Day, March 22, to come clean on the services it is opening up to foreign business under GATS.
Water is the focal point of worldwide protests about the General Agreement on Trade in Services, being thrashed out in complete secrecy and expected to open a range of areas, including film, news media, gas, public transport, electricity and childcare to foreign businesses.
Governments have until March 30 to tell the World Trade Organisation of the services they will put into the mix but unions are insisting on public input.
Negotiations on Round Two of GATS are scheduled to begin later this year, again in secret, with a five-year timeline having been set for eliminating all barriers to the trade in services.
"Our first concern is to do away with the secrecy, to open up the process to state governments, local governments business and all the communities that will be affected," ASU assistant secretary Greg McLean says.
"I know it's a clichť but we really are arguing for fair trade rather than free trade. For the process to be fair people have to be informed and Government has gone out of its way to prevent that happening."
Several ASU workplaces, including Sydney Water, have mounted protests against the secrecy surrounding negotiations.
Water has become an international rallying issue with the Public Service International rallying support around the world.
Its European section will deliver a simple message to the EU to mark World Water Day: "Take water out of GATS. Stop being the handmaidens of a few powerful multinational corporations that are trying to control the world's water services."
The importance of water has been highlighted by commentators from the left and right of the political spectrum who predict it will become more important than oil to international politics of the 21st century.
Existing Australian protections likely to be challenged by GATS include local government control of utilities and public transport; local content regulations affecting broadcasters; cross media and foreign ownership laws; along with Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Each of the above provisions is considered a restriction on free trade.
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