Joining The Dots
ACTU secretary Greg Combet’s call for unions to develop a clear set of values to organise around on a broader social canvass is an important next step in the process of renewal.
Interview: Staying Alive
CPSU national secretary Adrian O'Connell talks about the fight to keep the public service - and the union movement - alive.
Bad Boss: The Ultimate Piss Off
Wollongong workers on poverty-level wages are losing up to $5000 for taking toilet breaks, according to the union representing staff at a Stellar call centre.
Industrial: Last Drinks
Jim Marr looks at the human cost of the decision to close Sydney’s Carlton United Brewery
National Focus: Around the States
If Tampa told us that John Howard circa 2003 is the same spotted rabid dog from 1987, this week’s assault on Medicare confirms it reports Noel Hester in this national round up.
Politics: Radical Surgery
Workers are vitally interested in Medicare, not least because they traded away wage rises to get it. Now, Jim Marr writes, the Coalition Government is tearing apart the 20-year-old social contract on which it was founded.
Education: The Price of Missing Out
University students and their families will pay more for their education following the May Budget, writes Tony Brown.
Legal: If At First You Don't Succeed
Love is wonderful the second time around, goes the famous torch song. But is the same true for legislation? Asks Ashley Crossland
History: Massive Attack
Labour historian Dr Lucy Taksa remembers the general strike of 1917 to put the recent anti-war marches into perspective
Culture: What's Right
Neale Towart looks at a new book that looks at the failings of the Left, while reasserting the liberal project
Review: If He Should Fall
Jim Marr caught Irish folk-rock-punk legend Shane MacGowan at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. He was surprised but not disappointed.
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.
Satire: IMF Ensures Iraq Institutes Market Based Looting
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to monitor the Iraqi economy to ensure that the reintroduction of looting into the economy conforms with free-market theory.
Combet Calls On Unions to Muscle Up
HR Honours Death List Author
Hotel Workers Trump Living Wage
Abbott Brushes Security Concerns
Rebates Thorn in Medicare Side
Bosses Infected With SARS Hysteria
Entitlements: Bargaining Chip Ploy Fails
Nelson Plan Faces Higher Hurdle
Public To Pay For Patrick Closure
Airline Ratbags Bigger Than Texas
Credibility Crisis for World Bank
Acid on Billion Dollar Banks
CSIRO Budget Fears
What May Day Means to Me
Reader Marlene McAlear penned this tribue to May Day and worker solidarity.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson's toast to the annual May Day dinner in Sydney.
The Locker Room
The Numbers Game
In life there is lies, damned lies and sporting statistics, says Phil Doyle - but who’s counting.
ZNet's Marie Trigona reports from the streets of Argentina in the rundown to last week's presidential election.
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The Costs of Excess
Some tall business poppies had their heads lopped this week as the laws of economic gravity applied their always chaotic theory.
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Credibility Crisis for World Bank
The World Bank is being told to put its money where its mouth is on the issue of human rights.
The ICFTU, representing workers around the globe, has challenged the Bank to pay more than lip service to minimum labour standards in the wake of its own research that found the active involvement of trade unions improved economic performance and reduced earnings inequalities.
Its report, released in February, highlighted the link between union membership and wage discrimination against women and minority groups.
The Bank stated its support for Core Labour Standards (CLS) and now the ICFTU wants it to deliver.
"The only way to prevent the Bank from undermining workers' rights is for it to commit to ensuring that all of the World Bank's policy advice and loan conditions are consistent with core labor standards and other ILO conventions," the ICFTU says.
Such a move would be a radical about-face for an organisation that has pushed privatisation, and low-wage structures onto dependent, usually developing nations.
The ICFTU challenge comes as World Bank directors debate the issue of basic workers' rights.
Workers and their representatives are concerned the board will shy away from the reforms implied by its own recent research, maintain the credibility gap that exists that between the organisation's theory and day-to-day performance which often undermines the rights of workers and their organisations.
The ICFTU is urging government representatives to push the World Bank towards integrating core labour standards into its procurement guidelines to ensure workers have the freedom to join unions and that those unions are recognised by project managers.
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