Beyond the Workplace
The NSW union movement’s intervention this week into the debate over the future of public transport is an important step in redefining what unions are all about.
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.
Hamberger Bad for Kids
BHP Faces UN Sanction
Hardie Shareholders Face Death
Road Workers Swing Left-Right Blows
Joy Battles Goode at ANZ
Developers To Kick Transport Can
ACTU Names Its Price
Death By A Thousand Cuts
Ban Holes Water Police Deal
Cleaners Mop Up Contracts Mess
Workers Entitlements Dumped
Overtime Goes Bush
Libs Push Lawyers Picnic
Unions Set To Stand Up To Bullies
Jack Thompson Headlines Launch
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.
Burma Up In Smoke
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.
Perils Of Pauline
Put A PM On The Barbie
Tom Holds Water
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Ban Holes Water Police Deal
Building workers have gone into bat for Pyrmont public housing residents and the wider community over the future of land the state government is determined to flog off to private developers.
The CFMEU has imposed an interim Green Ban on the Sydney Water Police site at Elizabeth McArthur Bay Pyrmont, preventing development while negotiations on the future of the prized site continue.
Former BLF secretary and Green Ban champion, Jack Mundey, was on hand for the announcement of Sydney's first Green Ban in more than two years.
The move puts the CFMEU at loggerheads with the Government's Harbour Foreshore Authority which is moving to flog off the publicly-owned land.
CFMEU secretary, Andrew Ferguson, said the Green Ban should provide a "breathing space" that allowed residents, and the wider community, input into future plans for the area.
"The Foreshore Authority doesn't own this unique site," Ferguson said. "They merely administer it on behalf of the people of Sydney. We intend to ensure the people have some opportunity to have a say in what that future should be.
"Building unions have a long tradition of defending our parkland, public space and built heritage. In recent years the CFMEU has placed successful bans on a proposed McDonalds restaurant in Centennial Park and at the MCA site in Circular Quay."
Workers Online understands the Foreshore Authority has already filed for a Development Application that would pave the way for a purchaser build on a site which is a prime recreational area for nearby residents.
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