The Game’s Up
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Interview: Staying Alive
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Bad Boss: The Ultimate Piss Off
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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.
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Boss Picks Porters’ Pockets
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Tycoon Tuned Out
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Pusey Roams Dark Side
What May Day Means to Me
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Boss Picks Porters’ Pockets
Swiss tourists at the Sydney Menzies Hotel this week upbraided the hotel management for not passing on the porterage fee to the hard working porters at this central city hotel.
The tourist were backing the porters, who have suddenly had the compulsory porterage feed denied to them by penny pinching managers.
Tour companies have to pay a compulsory porterage fee to the Menzies hotel as part of their contracts - and they often feel the need to pass on this cost, in extra charges, to the tourists.
LHMU NSW Assistant Secretary Mark Boyd says the porters had been handing out information leaflets this week to hotel guests, telling them that while they pay the compulsory fee the cash is not going to our members.
"There have been quite a few lifted eyebrows among the guests when they find out," Boyd says.
Thomas Soe, has been working as a porter at the Menzies Hotel for four years and said he wasn't surprised at the angry reaction of the guests.
" Imagine if a restaurant confiscated the waiters' tips left behind by happy customers," Thomas said.
But Thomas believes that the LHMU campaign can eventually win the money back because of the union's track record on this issue.
" It doesn't matter where you live or what you do, as long as we workers stick together we can get what we're fighting for," Thomas said.
Boyd says the other major hotels in the Sydney CBD rightfully pass the porterage onto the porters. "It's time the Menzies got back into line with these hotels."
The 4-star All Seasons Premier Menzies Hotel in Carrington St, Sydney, is part of the big multinational Accor Hotel chain.
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