As the fog of war lifts and attention returns to the domestic phase we find a Federal Opposition imploding as the Prime Minister prepares for the final putsch toward what he sees as his historical mission.
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.
Medicare Bombshell – Bosses To Pay
Another Cole Man Bites The Dust
Cheap Indian on Telstra Menu
Legal Tussle Looms Over Email Laws
Recycled Training Stitch-Up Exposed
Contractors Code Fires a Blank
Sweet Talk – Big Business Style
Bosses, Workers Unite on Grey Threat
ANZ Workers Want Cut of Billion Dollar Profit
Time for Death Penalties
Union Exhibition for Wollongong
Nurses in Staffing Stand-off
North Coast Jobs Saved
Super Success in Pilbara
Howard Attacks Education - Again
May Day Festivities
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.
Tom's Cunning Plan
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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Nurses in Staffing Stand-off
Maitland Hospital nurses are considering escalating work bans in their push for clerical assistance on nights shifts in the hospital’s busy emergency and maternity departments.
They have already imposed work bans on a range of administrative duties in support of the claim.
Nurses want the hospital to endorse 24-hour clerical assistance so they concentrate on patient care.
Nurses Association secretary, Brett Homes, said nurses were happy to see a ward clerk shared between the two departments but were unhappy with the hospital's refusal to address their concerns.
"Workloads certainly warrant extra staffing," Holmes said. "It would be better for patients, mothers and new-born babies if nurses weren't distracted by clerical duties."
Holmes says Maitland emergency usually deals with 15-22 patients over the 11pm - 6am night shift hours. There are two nurses on duty and each patient requires at least 15 minutes of paper and computer entry work, effectively removing half the nursing workforce for five hours.
"If one nurse has to leave to retrieve records, then only one nurse is left with the patients. This is unsatisfactory," he says.
"Clearly there is enough work across maternity and emergency for a fulltime ward clerk to be appointed. This would allow nurses to get on with their job of nursing."
Nurses were expected to vote on escalating their action at a meeting at Maitland Hospital today.
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