The Dead Couple
The message from the ACTU’s Future of Work research is that the two theoretical frameworks for understanding work in the 20th century - ‘Harvester Man’ and ‘TINA’ are both dead.
History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East
Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard’s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.
Safety: The Shocking Truth
It’s every power worker’s worst nightmare – and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.
History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.
Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU’s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.
International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there’s another side to the recent furore over Telstra’s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello’s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart’s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your ‘t’s, says Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.
Air NZ Grounds Mums and Kids
Unions to End Casual Affair
Carr Faces Acid On Job Security
Abbott Prescribes Dole for Mother of Six
Cole Batting Zero from Thirty Two
Labor Insider Makes Mess
Dust Busters – MUA Sails into Allianz Fight
Security Forces Come Out Firing
Women’s Centre Faces Ideological Jihad
Varsity Casuals Win Wage Increase
Fortress NSW Protects BHP Workers
Pharmacists Seek Jobs Medicine
Iranian Textile Workers Sewn Up
Unique Union –Uni Partnership
It’s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP’s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.
Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream’s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.
The Locker Room
Costa Must Be Crazy
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
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Costa Must Be Crazy
Surely Michael Costa can't be serious when he claims 20% of train drivers have got a Roo loose in the top paddock (labor.net 120603)
The train drivers here do a sensational job considering the breath taking incompetence of the politicians and senior bureaucrats.
*$80 million for a super computer that can't get the trains running.
*Rail bridges that can't carry trains.
*Millennium Trains running three years late and then too heavy for the tracks.
How many hundreds of millions of dollars are these lunatics going to pump down the drain before we get some sanity testing going on in Macquarie Street?
I say get 'em out of the subsidized silver service dining room and the Chesterfield benches of the Parliamentary Mosh Pit and down onto The Domain for a Psychometric Show Down.
I would be more than happy to have the leadership of my trade union put up against Comrade Carr and his crew in a new Olympics of Lunacy.
We would have to set some ground rules like no workers comp for anyone with less than a 15% total body injury. Perhaps pre-existing injuries could be assessed by a medical panel comprised of former bank tellers suffering post traumatic stress and chaired by say a flamboyant stock broker with a recent appreciation of justice.
Why is it that politicians are promoted in cabinet and bureaucrats paid massive bonuses when they do what they're paid for but workers are vilified and abused when we do what we are paid for.
Enough of this Parliamentary Lunacy I say random drug, alcohol and sanity tests for all members of State Parliament.
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