Governing the Corporates
Suburban branch manager Joy Buckland’s bid for a position on the ANZ Board raises important questions about the way our major companies are governed.
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.
Taskforce Sleeps As Cranes Crash
Scabies, Filth in Upmarket Annandale
ANZ Jumps For Joy
Race That Couldn’t Stop Nangwarry
Mandarins in $120m Disappearing Act
BAT Stubs Out Junta
Millions on Entitlements Line
Workcover in Hold-Ups Gun
Phoenix Rises … Again
TAFE Takes To Thong Slapping
Casual Work Is Health Hazard
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.
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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
CFMEU spokesman Brad Coates labelled Carter Holt Harvey's action "un-Australian and mean-spirited".
"If the nation stops then workers should be allowed to stop and enoy themselves, it only last three minutes," Coates said. "Unfortunately it seems the only way we can guarantee being allowed to participate in this national celebration is by having a national holiday gazetted."
Carter Halt Harvey is resisting timber workers' demands for a national agreement that would cover around 3000 employees.
A fortnight ago it locked out employees at its Tumut (NSW) and Morwell (Victoria) sites after they took industrial action in support of the claim.
Coates said a national agreement was the best defence his members had against being picked off individually be a company with an international reputation for industrial hard-ball.
Earlier this year, the parent company locked out employees in New Zealand for 85 days.
The CFMEU, itself, was tripped up by the Melbourne Cup when it bowed to members wishes and postponed a stop work meeting originally scheduled for nearby Mt Gambier on Tuesday afternoon.
Coates said the meeting had been set down for 2pm but a "clear majority" of members wanted the postponement so they could enjoy festivities surrounding the 3200m handicap which was won by South Australian-owned stayer, Makybe Diva.
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