Coming to the Party
The coming NSW ALP State Conference marks an important moment in the changing relationship between the political and industrial wings of the Party.
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.
Violence: Rail Workers' Hot Spray
Corporate "Branch Stack" in Court
Entitlements: Ball in Carr’s Court
Asbestos Prospect for Home Buyers
"Stand Over" Claims at Hilton
US: Iraq on the Block
Sheeps Of Shame
Teachers Applaud TAFE Backdown
Council Delays Sweat Shop Action
Monk Aims Muscle at Unis
Cobar Beats Off CBH Assault
Sign Here For Reconciliation
Workers Denied Home Loans
Casual Approach No Holiday
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 Clown and the Magician.
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.
A Sick War
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Casual Approach No Holiday
Three quarters of a million full time Australian workers do not receive basic entitlements, an increase of 300% since 1998, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
ABS figures show that a quarter of Australian employees had no leave entitlements even though nearly two thirds of them had been with their employer for over a year.
The figures reflect the impact casualisation that shows over 200 000 Australians employed as casuals had been with their current employer for more than ten years - without sick or holiday leave.
"Tony Abbott's statement today that there is nothing 'inherently wrong with casual employment compared to permanent employment' further demonstrates that the Howard Government has forgotten about protecting Australian casual workers," says ALP deputy leader Jenny Macklin. "Instead the government has spent the last seven years stripping away the rights of workers."
Statistics released by the ABS also showed that over a million women worked without leave entitlements. One in five of these women were employed on a full time basis.
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