Solidarity Gets Sexy
Here’s an image of modern trade unionism: articulate soap stars gives evidence to Senate inquiry into free trade; young IT workers pressure the government to get Big Brother out of the workplace and strapping young footballers join the union to take on the might of Murdoch’s NRL.
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
Gloves Off Over Workers’ Rights
Win for Victims of Rio Tinto "Blood Sport"
League Players Join Union Team
The Stack Goes On
Trolley Rort Gathers Pace
Allende Comes to Fairfield
Vale Ernie Razborsek
Kodak Chops Workers from Picture
Stool Lady’s Stand Vindicated
Nurses Seek Work-Based Elder Care
Aussie Stars Buck Trade Off
High Tech Pokies Threaten Jobs
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.
The New Globalism
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee
Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
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High Tech Pokies Threaten Jobs
Hospitality bosses, who have been given a license to print money with poker machines, are bringing in new high tech pokies, which will do thousands of workers out of jobs.
The LHMU is warning that the new pokies - being imported by US giant International Game Technology- will make workers redundant by printing off winners ticket receipts which can be taken to an ATM-like machine for instant payouts.
LHMU asistant national secretary Tim Ferrari says the poker machine attendants and cashiers in the hundreds of venues across the country won't have much in the way of job prospects if the industry has its way on this issue.
" The club industry is meant to be a community focused movement which has always promoted the fact that it provides good local jobs for community members," Ferrari says.
" The so-called community-oriented clubs will have to answer to their neighbourhoods if they use these high tech machines to kill off more local jobs. These jobs are much needed by the overwhelmingly female workforce looking for regular work near their homes.
Almost 40,000 people are employed in the NSW Club industry, with the 1500 registered NSW clubs employing several poker machine attendants and cashiers.
Another 3000 workers are employed at Star City Casino where these new high tech job-killing pokies are already being promoted. Pub jobs will also be affected in the larger gaming rooms.
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