The Fog of War
As the War Without a Mandate proceeds apace, any notion of a domestic political agenda has become surplus to requirements.
Interview: Picking Up The Peaces
Walk Against the War Coalition convenor Bruce Childs outlines the challenge for the peace movement in the lead up to Palm Sunday.
Unions: The Royal Con
Jim Marr argues the Cole Commission can only be taken seriously by people kept ignorant of the way it actually operated.
National Focus: Around the Grounds
Unions maintain the pressure for peace as the upcoming organising conference takes on added significance, reports Noel Hester.
Economics: The Secret War on Trade
Overseas-based multi-nationals are coming after our film industry, electricity, water, pharmaceutical benefits and even childcare. Or are they? Nobody knows, as Jim Marr reports.
International: United Front
Workers and their unions around the world have possibly never been as united in their commitment to campaign together against the War in Iraq, writes Andrew Casey
History: Confessions of a Badge Collector
Bill Pirie has one of the largest collections of trade union badges in the world. After 20 years the collection now numbers some 6,000 badges.
Politics: Stalin’s Legacy
Fifty years ago last month Josef Stalin died. How could it be that a democratic and socialist revolution produced one of the monsters of the twentieth century, asks Leonie Bronstein.
Review: Such Was Not Ned’s Life
The life of Ned Kelly is what we in the world of journalism term a “ball tearing yarn” so why have writers of the movie adaptation felt so impelled to dress it up with fiction, asks Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Osama's Top Recruiter
Through our extensive intelligence networks, we have managed to track down the top recruiter for the global terror network of Osama bin Laden.
Satire: Woolworths CEO Denied Bonus After Company Posts Profit
Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett was devastated today to report an 18.3% rise in profit under his management over the last year.
Cole Launches Civil Rights Assault
Protests Target Arncliffe “Shocker”
Commerce Swallows DIR
Abbott, Bosses Turn Guns on Low Paid
Fat Cats Should Justify Salaries - LHMU
Black Humour for a Dark Issue
Minister on Threats, Coercion
Bosses Stonewall Union Dues Ruling
Private Hospitals Pay Out on 15 Percent
Councils on Hotel Workers’ Agenda
Sharon Hammers Israeli Workers
Shangri-La Blue Ends
Inaugural Orwell Awards
Chris Christodoulou looks at the fallout from the selection of the new Carr Ministry and what it means to the factional warlords.
The Locker Room
The Best Season Since Last Year
Phil Doyle goes trudging through the mud in search of the heart of the matter beneath the corporate biffo
Books on Bombs
In times like these, reading inevitably turns to America and war. Chris White wades through Pilger, Chomsky, Eco, Moore and Vidal.
The Rule of Law
Postcard from Harvard
Labor Council's Michael Gadiel was elected to give the valedictory speech to this year's Harvard Trade Union Program.
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Protests Target Arncliffe “Shocker”
Sydney workers are rallying behind low-paid men and women at an Arncliffe factory where the boss refuses to negotiate wages and threatens union activists.
Labor Council will take the lead in ensuring numbers turn up for “community protests” in defence of more than 100 workers at Morris McMahon, Arncliffe Rd, who have been on strike since their employer refused to negotiate a new agreement.
The protests will greet early-morning busloads of scabs which have been driven past strikers chanting "10 percent to pay the rent" since the dispute began three weeks ago.
"We will be there on Monday morning," Labor Council assistant secretary Mark Lennon pledged.
"The workers on site have shown great resolve in continuing their protest for three weeks. What's happening at Morris McMahon is shocking and there will be plenty of NSW workers who want to offer their support."
In a further development, the CFMEU has arranged for Morris McMahon AMWU delegate, Edith Rapana, to address workers and hold collections on major construction sites to ensure her workmates are not starved into defeat.
Rapana told Labor Council that the employer, a city lawyer, had threatened her job and made it clear that she didn't want other union activists back on site.
An AMWU spokeswoman said Morris McMahon and its AiG representative had been informed of their responsibilities at AIRC hearings but had chosen not to negotiate, despite having being legal notice of a bargaining period.
Most workers at the factory, which manufacturers cans and drums, earn less than $12 an hour and the AMWU has also raised questions about the payment of award entitlements, including meal monies and penal rates.
Labor Council affiliates are organising a roster of supporters to boost numbers at the early morning community protests in support of a workforce from predominantly non-English speaking backgrounds.
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