A Beautiful Set of Numbers?
In the coming week the NSW Government will hand down the first budget of its third term. Few things are certain in politics, but rest assured the budget will be characterised as ‘tough and responsible’.
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.
Task Force Sleeps Through Killing
Go To Gaol – Do Not Collect $500,000
Green Pollie in Picket Blue
D-Day for Media Diversity
Putting Steel into Government’s Spine
Fortnight in Killing Fields Anyone?
Underpaid Worker Fights Deportation
Truckies Deliver Death Watch
Job Cuts Caught in Spill Cycle
Mum Wins Family Friendly Hours
Allianz Plans Bite the Dust
Aussies Back Zimbabwe’s Gaoled Strikers
Boral Faces Stadium Stoush
Drought Claims More Jobs
Bridge Chaos Looms
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
Questions for Cuba
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
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Green Pollie in Picket Blue
Workers at a printing press owned by a Greens member of the NSW Parliament have shamed her into delivering entitlements in line with state law.
After months of fruitless negotiations, it took one day of picketing and associated media attention for workers at Southwood Press to extract a decent deal from new Upper House MP Sylvia Hale.
The workers, members of the AMWU Printing Division, had agreed to keep quiet about their problems in the lead-up to the March state election.
But when talks with management again broke down in recent weeks, they were left with no alternative but to mount a picket and take the issue to the media.
At issue was a claim for 20 weeks redundancy pay - in line with the NSW Government standard; and concerns about alleged bullying of staff by a manager.
AMWU printing secretary Amanda Perkins says that she - and many of the Southwood Press workers - voted Green, making the later breakdown in talks all the more upsetting.
"The Greens have great social justice policies and a terrific industrial relations platform," Perkins says. "But this dispute has been a warning to all Greens that if they talk the talk they better walk the walk."
"It was ironic that Sylvia Hale was keen to visit the Morris McMahon picket line, while relations in her own company were deteriorating."
Within hours of the story hitting the newsstands, Hale had released a statement saying she would accept the 20 weeks redundancy.
"Workers have always been a top priority for Southwood, and we have had a good relationship for years," Hale says. "It is of the utmost importance to us that the workers at Southwood are treated well and are happy to work there."
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