Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.
Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.
National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.
Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.
Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.
Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.
History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths
Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.
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Taskforce Sleeps As Cranes Crash
Tony Abbott’s controversial Building Industry Taskforce has been accused of "washing its hands of safety" in the wake of a spate of accidents that left at least six workers recuperating in Sydney hospitals.
Members of the multi-million dollar taskforce, set up to police building and construction, were nowhere to be seen when two cranes collapsed and at least three workers suffered falls in the space of five days. [full story]
Scabies, Filth in Upmarket Annandale
Elderly Australians in an Annandale rest home are infected with scabies and expected to use chairs and other equipment soiled with blood and stains from bodily fluids.
The shocking disclosures came in a report from government inspectors this week, prompting an immediate call for a Senate Inquiry into aged care. [full story]
ANZ Jumps For Joy
In an effort to put big corporations in touch with real people the manager of the Padstow Branch of the ANZ Bank is making a tilt for the company's board.
Joy Bucklands’s campaign to win a seat on the ANZ board has received support across the NSW trade union movement, which has vowed to lobby industry super funds to back the bid. [full story]
Race That Couldn’t Stop Nangwarry
The mean-spiritedness of management at Carter Holt Harvey’s Nangwarry, South Australia, plant has prompted calls for Melbourne Cup Day to be declared a national holiday.
Sixty women on the company’s Laminated Veneer Lumber line were prevented from watching or even listening to the race that stops a nation by employers locked in an EBA dispute with timber workers [full story]
Mandarins in $120m Disappearing Act
Body hire giant, Manpower, has pulled a cone of secrecy over million dollar contracts with the state of NSW to avoid revealing which departments it contracts with.
USU secretary, Brian Harris, says senior public servants are in "cahoots" with labour hire companies, including Manpower, to deny unions access to workers employed on state government contracts worth $120 million. [full story]
BAT Stubs Out Junta
Human rights campaigners around the globe are celebrating British Amercian Tobacco (BAT) being "dragged kicking and screaming" out of Burma.
BAT’s withdrawal, announced in London last week, came on the first anniversary of an international campaign to force the tobacco giant to stop profiting from its relationship with Burma’s military dictatorship. [full story]
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Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz
The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.
The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.
Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.