A Secret Country
So Tony Abbott has tabled his legislation to crush the CFMEU, while refusing to release the secret volume of the Royal Commission on which the recommendations are based.
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.
Cole Skeletons Shake Monk
Abbott Flags Move On Nurses
Workplace Bullies Leave Three Dead
People’s Bank Scraps People
Left-Right Combo Drops Motorway Boss
Free Wally - Movie Offer
Detention for Minister Who Praised Scabs
Cancun Flop Spurs Local Stars
Public Sector: Cuts and Thrusts
Medicare Cuts Take Cake
Beating Around The Bush
Other Half Lives It Up
Anderson Ducks Mudgee Bill
Deaf, Blind and Looking For Friends
Filipino Vote Call
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.
Freedom from Choice
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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People’s Bank Scraps People
Three thousand seven hundred workers will lose their jobs after being identified by Commonwealth Bank CEO David Murray as 'unnecessary', in one of the largest culls of workers in living memory.
The Finance Sector Union has called on Murray to "move on" claiming the decision to sack 10 per cent of the workforce shows he has run out of ideas for staff, customers and shareholders.
"The People's Bank' has reverted to the decade old process of slashing and burning staff for short -term gains in share price as Murray tries to spin the announcement as being the result of consultation with staff that will bring about better customer service," FSU national secretary Tony Beck says.
But Beck says no staff asked Murray to sack 3,700 of their colleagues and customers know that sacking staff won't lead to better service.
"The reality is that the visionless CEO has brought in the 'consult by formula' group McKinsey's, for some good old fashion staff cuts," Beck says.
"It's an affront to the intelligence of CBA staff and the broader community for David Murray to try and suggest that this is an exercise in creating better customer service.
"This is a demonstration that the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank has no vision for the bank and knows no other process than to throw-back to poor management processes of slash and burn cost cutting'
"It is time that David Murray moved on and that someone with a vision and an understanding of the value that people bring to the CBA be brought on" said Mr. Beck
FSU will be meeting with members across the country to determine their response to the banks announcement.
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