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.
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Women’s Centre Faces Ideological Jihad
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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.
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Women’s Centre Faces Ideological Jihad
The federal government is threatening to cut off funds to an advisory service for migrant women workers because it has failed to flog enough individual contracts to callers.
The NSW Working Women's Centre could shut its doors at the end of the month leaving thousands of women without an avenue for advice regarding their workplace rights.
With just weeks of the financial year remaining, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has yet to approve funding and representatives told a Senate Estimates Committee last week that a decision had yet to be made.
This is not the first time the Centre has been within weeks of its funding running out, with no guarantee of money from the Federal Government. This environment makes it impossible to plan or implement strategies to improve service delivery.
The bulk of the WWC's comes from the federal government, which has tied future funding to 'promot(ing) the Government's workplace relations agenda'. This is code for Tony Abbott's Australian Workplace Agreements.
WWC director Nareen Young argues that, given the Centre's core services are advice to working women in unregulated sections of the workplace, the opportunities to promote such an agenda rarely arise.
Young is concerned about the status of cases the WWC is currently running for clients before industrial tribunals, while closure would leave a whole class of workers without representation.
"In an increasingly complex and legal industrial relations framework, and a well-documented limited union presence in particular industries and occupations, the need for the services provided by th3e WWC is critical," she says.
NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson has condemned the federal government's position as an another example of linking funding to an ideological agenda.
"It is reprehensible that desperate women in tenuous employment have become the latest pawns in Tony Abbott's power plays," Robertson says.
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