To the Victors The Spoils
Revelations that private American lawyers, rather than the ILO, will rewrite the labour laws of countries levelled by the American military vindicate the warnings of those concerned by US unilateralism.
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.
Rail Chaos Looms
Electrolux Blows Fuse at Fundraiser
ACM Loosens Handcuff on Democracy
Sick Call on Mum’s Job
Now For Industrial Shock and Awe
Brian Miller – Working Class Hero
Dynamite: Howard Handout for Rorters
Family Case to Nurture Mothers
Militants Lock Out Another 600
Tipping the Turtle – Fijian Style
Carr Goes Private
Wages Blemish Sound Budget
Westie Takes On Westfield ‘Hypocrisy’
Eleventh Hour Reprieve for Women's Centre
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
In Defence of Cuba
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
The Story in General
Thinking of America
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Eleventh Hour Reprieve for Women's Centre
The Federal Government has advised the NSW Working Women's Centre that it will be funded for the next 12 months. With the current funding agreement due to expire on Monday the Centre had been facing a bleak future as federal money represented about two thirds of its total funding.
Management Committee member and Treasurer, Alison Peters, welcomed this afternoon's announcement but was concerned at the last minute nature of the decision.
"Community based organisations like the Working Women's Centre cannot operate effectively in an environment where they receive less than two working days notice of ongoing funding" she said.
"The Federal Government knew when the funding was up and had plenty of time to make a decision. The uncertainty has been terrible for the clients and staff and something we trust will never be repeated".
What had been wonderful, however, was the level of support received from people in the community, trade unions and other community organisations, she said.
The NSW Working Women's Centre provides advice, advocacy and education services to the women of NSW about work related matters. Most of the women who ring the Centre's advice line do so when they have nowhere else to turn, often because of termination of employment due to pregnancy or because they have been the victim of other forms of sex discrimination. These women tend to work in small business, they are not represented by unions and they are in marginal employment. Since the service began operation in 1993 the Centre has had contact with and helped close to 30,000 women in relation to employment matters.
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