The Secret Life of Us
The fact that casual workers are too scared to come forward and testify about the need for job security seems to prove their basic point – no matter how long or how well you work, you can never feel safe in your job.
Interview: The New Deal
US union leader Amy Dean expands on her agenda to give unions a real political voice
Unions: In the Line of Hire
Unions have lobbied and negotiated in a bid to stem casualisation and insecurity. Now, Jim Marr, writes they are seeking protection through a formal Test Case.
Culture: Too Cool for the Collective?
Young people are amongst the most vulnerable in the workforce. So why aren't they joining the union, asks Carly Knowles
International: The Domino Effect
An internal struggle in the biggest and strongest industrial union in Germany IG Metall has had a devastating wave effect across not just that country, but also the rest of Europe, writes Andrew Casey.
Industrial: A Spanner in the Works
Max Ogden looks at the vexed issue of Works Councils and the differing views within the union movement to them.
National Focus: Gathering of the Tribes
Achieving a fairer society and a better working life for employees from across Australia will be key themes at the ACTU's triennial Congress meeting later this month reports Noel Hester.
History: The Welcome Nazi Tourist
Rowan Cahill looks at the role Australia's conservatives played in supporting facism in the days before World War II.
Bad Boss: Domm, Domm Turn Around
Frank Sartor might have shot through but Robert Domm still calls the IR shots at Sydney City which pretty much explains why the council is this month’s Bad Boss nominee.
Poetry: Just Move On.
Visiting bard Maurie Fairfield brightens up our page with a ditty about little white lies.
Review: Reality Bites
The workers, united, may never be defeated but if recent episodes of Channel 10 drama The Secret Life Of Us are to be believed, this is not necessarily a good thing, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Tough Women Draw Line at Sacking
Witness Protection Urged on IRC
Max Swings Axe at Safety
Sick Twist in Drug Testing
Sacked Mum Goes to the Top
Cuts Sour ADB Birthday Bash
Howard Enlists Russians for Military
Vic Workcover Invests in Worker Misery
Public Hole in Power Shortage
Whistleblower Sacking Sparks Zoo Walkout
Truckie With Conscience Wins Back Job
Indigenous Labour honours Tobler
Asbestos Blocks Liverpool Road Works
Craig Emerson gave what could be the most spirited Labor spray in a decade to the NSW Labor Council this month. Here it is in all its venom.
Out of Their Class
Phil Bradley argues that Australia's education system should not be up for negotiation in the global trade talks.
The Locker Room
The ABC of Sport
Phil Doyle argues that the only way to end the corporate madness that is sport, is to give it all back to the ABC.
Bullies in the Ranks
Locks, Stocks and Barrels
Union Aid Abroad's Peter Jennings updates on the situation in Burma, where the repression of democracy is going from bad to worse.
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Howard Enlists Russians for Military
The Federal Government has brushed the Australian merchant marine to support its Solomons peacekeeping force with Flag of Convenience logistics.
The decision to send sensitive army equipment to the Solomons aboard an FOC vessel flies in the face of US policy which regards such shipping as a serious security risk.
The US funds a fleet of 47 American crewed ships to service its army and navy.
"When it comes to security logistics, Australia is an amateur," acting MUA national secretary Mick Doleman said.
"As a US ally you would think the Australian Government would follow Washington's lead, do its homework on the security risks posed by FOC shipping and employ national flagged and crewed ships during war, or peace keeping missions."
Instead, the Federal Government has decimated Australian shipping, giving the green light to flag of convenience operators who typically dodge taxes, industrial laws and safety regulations to move cargo at cheapest-possible rates.
Doleman said flag of convenience ships, registered in tax haven, had a long history of security breaches and criminal activities.
He cited the 1999 use of a FOC freighter by suicide bombers who blew up US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; last year's seizure of Tongan-registered Karine in the Red Sea, loaded with 50 tonnes of weapons; and last month's arrest of the explosives-laded, Comoros-flagged, Baltic Sky, by Greek authorities.
The Howard Government is using the St Johns registered, Bermuda flagged, Russian-crewed Global Trader to support Australia's Solomons mission.
Twelve percent of Australian merchant seamen lost their lives during the second world war, and they were highly praised by the military for their efforts in supporting peace keeping in East Timor.
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