Holes in the Net
The Medicare debate may be clouded by the minutae of the health delivery system, but it really boils down to an old-fashioned ideological battle between user-pays and state responsibility.
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.
US Giant Attacks Aussies
Exposed – OEA in Kids Scandal
Left-Right Flattens Abigroup
ANZ Cops Fine Over Robbers
Classroom Stoush Gets Personal
Seven Workers Pass "Intelligence" Test
Stop Press: Coal Strike
Nurses: MedicarePlus Points to America
‘Joel’s Law’ Gathers Momentum
Skilled Picketers Confront Patrick’s
Yahoo Censors Union Ad
Labor’s Cotter Court ‘Faking’ It
TAFE Puts Best Foot Forward
Wharfies, Actors, Seafarers Unite
Debus Gives Up On Lawyers Picnic
Nelson Backdown Not Enough
Online Pay Check
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.
Jack Lives Here
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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Stop Press: Coal Strike
Coal miners will launch national strike action next week in a bid to halt safety cutbacks by the NSW and Queensland governments.
The CFMEU confirmed the campaign was being launched in response to "continuing deregulation of safety standards and practices in the coal industry by the NSW and Queensland governments" and Mines Department incompetence in dealing with existing provisions.
The union is suing the Queensland Government over non-compliance with its own regulations.
Mines Division national president, Tony Maher, said the final straw in NSW had been the bungling of prosecutions arising from 1996 Gretley accidents that cost four mineworkers their lives.
Workcover brought 52 charges against Gretley owners and senior management for safety breaches but the company, Xsrata has applied to have all charges dismissed on a technicality.
Maher said a "Government stuff-up" had seen the wrong Minister sign authorisation for the Workcover case.
"This bombshell was dropped on Tuesday and the NSW Government has had since then to correct its mistake but, instead, is gambling on the presiding Judge dismissing the application," Maher said.
"This a disgrace. It is seven years this month since the Gretley men were killed in appalling circumstances.
"It is the same in Queensland. If employers claim safety practices are hampering their production targets, they simply apply for exemptions and they are getting them in record numbers.
Maher said the union's national executive would meet on Tuesday. If it does not receive public commitments to improve safety from the NSW and Queensland governments, it will commence a national campaign of industrial action.
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