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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Buggers Hit Six
A sixth Queensland ETU official, campaigning for the introduction of shorter working hours, claims to have had his mobile phone bugged by Tony Abbottís Building Industry Task Force.
The allegation came as electrical workers ended a two-week industrial ceasefire, announcing plans to resume action at more than 100 construction sites across the state, including the Suncorp Stadium redevelopment.
Claims of bugging by the Task Force, headed by controversial Federal policeman Nigel Hadgkiss, have been aired in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Queensland ETU secretary, Dick Williams, confirmed his organisation had had its offices swept for listening devices since a mystery message, advising officials only one person could use the line at a time, began appearing on mobile phone message banks.
He said the sudden appearance of the message, coinciding with the Task Force beefing up its Brisbane office to support employers in the EBA stand-off, was too much of a coincidence.
Williams said that in more than 10 years of mobile phone use neither he nor any of his officials had received the message prior to the Task Force's arrival. Independently, police sources have told Workers Online that Hadgkiss has a long history of relying on communications intercepts.
Williams said he and organiser, Peter Ong, were the first to have calls interrupted by the mystery message. The pair had both been called to give evidence before the Building Industry Royal Commission that led to the Task Force's establishment.
Shortly after, he reported, the number experiencing the interference blew out to five, including Gladstone and Townsville-based organisers. Days later, each of the five was named in employer damages claims arising from the EBA dispute.
During the two week interlude in hostilities, a sixth Brisbane-based official began receiving the unsolicited message.
Williams has renewed his call for a full inquiry into bugging by the Task Force.
The Building Industry Task Force has been advising, and directing according to some, many of the 52 contractors hit by industrial action since the breakdown of Queensland EBA negotiations . Key claims dividing NECA and the ETU include the 36-hour week and wage recognition for increased responsibilities flowing from the new Electrical Safety Act.
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