Coalition of the Swilling
As the world stopped to mark the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks and its horrendous human toll, attempts at writing new rules for global trade were hitting their own immovable object
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.
Teachers Attack National Stitch-Up
Safety Off The Rails
Lion King Delivers for Kids
Five Grand Extra for Unionists
Telstra Gets Curry for Take Aways
WTO Trips on Cancun Hurdle
Workers Kicking Goals
Dial NRMA for Stuff-Up
This Is Your Operator Freaking
Millionaire Takes Candy from Carers
Working Women Get New Voice
Community Burns Rubber Giant
Grass Roots Campaign Beats Bush
Unions-Council Strike ‘Clean Hands’ Partnership
Call For Campaign To Save Bush Trains
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.
Life Wasn’t Meant To Be Frankie
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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Working Women Get New Voice
The head of NSW unions has called for a rethink in the way unions portray themselves publicly to reflect the growing feminisation of the movement.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson made the comments to the PSA Women's Conference while launching a new website dedicated to working women's issues.
'Union [email protected]', to be housed on the popular LaborNet portal, will contain up-to-date information on women's rights at work including information on violence and bullying in the workplace, sexual harassment, discrimination and conditions of employment.
Labor Council of NSW secretary John Robertson said there was a growing recognition that women represented the trade union heartland.
"Today's trade union heartland - areas with 40 per cent union density - are the schools, hospitals, supermarkets and the public sector. These are areas where women dominate the workforce," Mr Robertson says.
"Women are also dominating the growing areas of the workforce - casual and part-time workers, where unions must gain a foothold to grow."
"And they have the added burden of juggling work and family responsibilities and this site will give them advice on how to achieve this balancing act," he says.
The website can be accessed via the LaborNet portal at http://www.labor.net.au
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