A Recipe for Conflict
Without making any excuses, Tony Abbott’s hand wringing at this week’s airing of a secret video of picket line violence was a bit like watching Don King condemn boxing.
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.
Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.
Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.
Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack
International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown
Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear
Aussie Workers Cradle-Snatched
Morris McMahon Workers Say Thanks
Violence: Emerson Fingers Abbott
Cowboys Face Contracts Ban
TUTA Rises From the Ashes
Teased Teachers Fight Back
Labor Fails TAFE Test
Coke Called on to Stop the Rot
Bridgestone Drops Doughnut on Workers
AIRC Locked in Dark Ages
Maternity Breakthrough in Hotels
Labour Rights: Even Bush is Better!
Long Winter for Seasonal Workers
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.
The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.
A Tribute to Brian Miller
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee
After the Accident
Cuba - the Debate Continues
Greetings from Japan
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TUTA Rises From the Ashes
In a major rebuff of the Howard Government’s industrial relations policies, state Labor Governments will fund a $6 million training program for workplace delegates to promote workplace harmony.
The NSW and Victorian Governments are providing matching funding to the Union Education Foundation, which will be chaired by former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, with a board comprising senior union and employer representatives.
It is the first national training program since the demise of the federally funded Trade Union Training Authority, which was de-funded when the Howard Government came to power.
Courses will lead to nationally recognised qualifications endorsed by the Australian National Training Authority for union delegates.
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet says the training will equip employee representatives with skills to participate more effectively in enterprise bargaining negotiations.
"Education about enterprise bargaining can help achieve the productivity and efficiency improvements required for Australia's ongoing international competitiveness," Combet says.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson, who will also sit on the board, says the fund makes good economic sense. "I congratulate the NSW and Victorian Governments for filling the leadership void left by an ideologically driven federal government.
"State Labor has led the way in creating a framework for civilized workplace relations, balancing the need for productive businesses with the rights of workers to bargain collectively.
"Training workplace delegates to use this system is the necessary next step in modernising industrial relations while maintaining decent wages and conditions."
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