Might Does Not Mean Right
So the Americans have removed the dictator Hussein, the right wing press are firing more pot-shots than the Republican Guard and George W. Bush can ride into the sunset having liberated the Middle East. Game over – or is it?
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.
Carr: Workers Won It For Me
Nursing Crisis Bites Elderly
Judge Puts ‘Predator’ Before Workers
WA Court Undermines Cole
Mexican Chain Gangs Win NSW Work
Della Muscles Up to Abbott
STOP PRESS - Brewery Goes Flat
ACCC Urged to Consider Jobs
Unions Stats Track Armageddon
Cameron: Feds More Interested in Iraq
SARS Lays Jobs Low
Working Hours Benefit Millions
Journos Urge War Crimes Prosecutions
Unions Support Displaced in Iraq
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.
Taking Stalin's Crimes Seriously
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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Carr: Workers Won It For Me
NSW Premier Bob Carr has dedicated his historic state election victory to the efforts of public sector workers, singling out teachers, nursers, police officers and rail workers for special thanks.
The Premier also vowed that the Department of Industrial Relations would have a stronger role in government, despite being absorbed into John Della Bosca’s new super-ministry of Commerce.
Carr delivered the plaudits to the NSW Labor Council's public meeting, recognising the contribution of trade unionists in campaign offices around the state.
But he gave his biggest bouquet to the public sector workers who will later this year begin negotiations for new pay and conditions.
"If we won comfortably, it is because of the excellence of the delivery of public sector employees who used extra resources and the policies we gave them," Carr said.
In the speech he singled out:
- teachers 'achieving the best literacy outcomes in any school system in Australia, doing it in NSW with the extra resources we gave them.'
- nurses 'like those I spoke to the Monday after the election in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - outstanding results. Nurses full of idealism, commitment and ideals.
- rail workers - 'because the trains were clean, the service reliable. The commuters told me about it and it was the rail workers who delivered.'
- and police 'using the increased powers and the increased resources we've given them, getting results for the people.'
"In the end it was our alliance with the public sector workforce that achieved the approval of the people on March 22nd," he said. "We're partners with a great unionised public sector workforce."
In his address, Carr also committed the State Government to work with the NSW Labor Council to restore Trades Hall and transform it into a living part of the state's history.
And he said the victory would ensure that Tony Abbott's industrial agenda would not be imposed on NSW, ensuring that NSW retains its competitive advantage over Victoria where, without a state I/R system construction costs are 30 per cent higher.
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