At its heart, political debate has always been a struggle between competing views about how a society should organise itself to maximise the benefits for the majority of its citizens.
Interview: Crowded Lives
Labor frontbencher Lindsay Tanner talks us through his new book on the importance of relationships and why politics is letting the people down.
Activists: Life With Brian
Work by men like Brian Fitzpatrick is exposing new Australians to old truths. Jim Marr reports
Industrial: National Focus
A showdown looms in Cancun, Qantas gets bolshie, casual and lazy in its response to aviation challenges, and long festering disputes fester on in Victoria and Tasmania reports Noel Hester in this national wrap.
Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Trades Hall is preparing for a major facelift but first, Jim Marr reports, it must bid farewell to the colourful bunch who have populated its dusty corridors in recent years.
Economics: Beating the Bastards
Frank Stilwell looks at some of the proposals for building a fairer finance sector.
Media: Three Corners
So its come to this. Four Corners, one of the world's longest running television programs is now under pressure from an ABC Executive that is less cultural visionary than feral abacus.
History: The Brisbane Line
Percy Spender was Menzies' foreign minister, but, Neale Towart asks, was he also prepared to serve as Prime Minister in a Japanese controlled Australia?
Trade: The Dumping Problem
Oxfam-CAA helps set the scene for this month's World Trade Organisation in Cancun.
Review: Frankie's Way
In The Night We Called It A Day Frank Sinatra learns 'sorry' Down Under is a loaded word and refusal to say it when due will lose fans in important places, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Truckies Tip Safety on AGM Floor
Geelong Lockout Claims Family Homes
Aussie Labour Laws Fail US Test
No Accident – Insurance Dough Rises
Union Mum Wins
Rheem Runs Cold On Entitlements
Unions Take It Up for Footballers
Drug Boss Fails Workers
Ministers Urged to Take Responsibility
Museum Jobs Face Extinction
Less News And More Of It
Legal Costs Threaten Access
Learning for Life
Staking Our Territory
ACTU secretary Greg Combet argued for a fairer Australia in his keynote address to last month's ACTU Congress.
The Locker Room
Spring is a season when a person’s thoughts turn to…horse racing. Phil Doyle reports on the fate of nags and folk heroes.
Beyond the Block
We are wild about the people who live in The Block but not too interested in those who are on the streets outside, writes Michael Rafferty.
The Westie Wing
Workers friend Ian West MLC, reports form the Bearpit about a project to raise awareness about trade unionism amongst young people.
The Awkward Squad
Paul Smith meets one of the new generation of British union leaders who is taking the ball up to the Blair spin team.
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Unions Take It Up for Footballers
Unions have vowed to mobilise support for players in Rugby League’s heartland after the NRL canned this week’s prestigious Dally M awards.
Labor Council secretary, John Robertson, said the NRL's failure to guarantee contract payments meant professional footballers were fighting for "basic trade union principles".
"Boiled down, we are talking about protection of entitlements, the same argument we have with employers and governments every day," Robertson said.
"Rugby League players are pushing for a minimum wage, not for superstars but for those who might get $1000 if they run on and have to train fulltime, and they are pushing for security of entitlements.'
Robertson said the issue was particularly important in light of the recent failure of the Auckland Warriors which was reborn as the New Zealand Warriors, leaving players out of pocket by around half a million dollars.
Workers Online understands players are also owed contract monies from the South Queensland Crushers, North Sydney Bears and Northern Eagles.
The NRL decision to cancel its showpiece awards ceremony came after players theatened a boycott if the game's ruling body did not come up with satisfactory offers by Friday night. After one subsequent negotiating session, on Thursday, the NRL boss David Gallop announced the awards were off.
Key demands, among 20 outstanding issues, included ...
- a minimum wage of $55,000 a year for full timers
- insurance cover
- players rights to their own images
- guarantees that contract payments would be met
When it became apparent that the NRL would concentrate its fire on Rugby League Players Association chief, Tony Butterfield, a number of current stars went public to support claims put forward by the former Newcastle prop.
Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Trent Barrett and Steven Menzies were amongst those to close ranks around their organisation.
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