Beyond the Possible
For a union movement that is struggling to break through the constraints of time and place, the visit of US union leader Amy Dean this week has been a breath of fresh air.
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
Stop Thief: Shelf Company Owes Millions
Axed Workers Take on Max
Seven Bowls Bouncer at Umpire
Smokescreen Clouds Morris McMahon Win
Rail Boss Locked In
Actors To Be Paid Their Dues
Ruddock Urged to Block Immigration Scam
Silicon Workers Seize Their Valley
Wage Case Swings on Fare Go
Fire, Pepper Spray all in a Day’s Work
Taking It Up for Medicare
Shelved Worker Fights Back
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.
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Wage Case Swings on Fare Go
By Carly Knowles
Workers would mount a test case demanding higher wages, if the State Government pushes ahead with public transport increases above the cost of living.
NSW Labor Council Secretary, John Robertson, says a quality public transport system might need fare increases but they should not be "significantly higher" than CPI movements.
In addition to general increases, a proposed 'congestion tax' would see peak-hour travelers charged higher rates.
"Most people who commute during peak hour are workers. It is absurd to suggest that workers have the choice about when they start and finish work," Robertson says.
President of the United Services Union, Michael Want, says the increases would "force workers and their families onto already overcrowded roads and put pressure on the public transport system through a drop in patronage."
"This council will seriously consider taking a case before the state industrial relations commission for a wage increase for people who are required to travel to work for those increases above the CPI," Robertson said.
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