Australia Deserves Better
You only have to scan through recent issues of Workers Online to see why the leadership of the ALP is so important – not to the political insiders who judge the beauty contest that is federal politics, but to the millions of workers who are affected by its output.
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.
Labour Hire Boosts Tech Wreck
Call Centre Throws Safety Out the Door
Miners Tackle Million Dollar Sidestep
Bouquets for Bosses
Mandarins Nail Carpenters
BHP Burrow-ed By UN
ACT Rejects Manslaughter Bullying
No Joy for Fat Exec Packages
WorkCover Walks Away From Racetrack
Contractors Scramble Foxtel Signal
Safety Derails Train Talks
Sydney Uni Strikes At Feds
Workers Up For Safety Awards
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.
Mad Monk’s Medicare Minus
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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Mandarins Nail Carpenters
Six school carpenters have been axed on the eve of school holidays by a government that concedes the need for "urgent" upgrading of NSW classrooms and facilities.
Department of Commerce reasoning that there is insufficient work available flies in the face of an Education Department response to concerted media attacks on standards of public school facilities, which conceded the need for remedial work.
The carpenters seem certain to feature in the NSW Labor Council's ground-breaking Secure Employment Test Case as the Commerce Department employed them for years on short-term, rather than permanent, contracts.
One sacked carpenter had been on the job for seven years and put himself through an adult apprenticeship, upskilling at the cost of approximately half his wages for the three-to-four years of his indenture.
The CFMEU suspects the Department of Education and Training has sacrificed the workers to an ideological desire to privatise school maintenance.
"What we need is for the Department of Education and Training to give the money to Commerce to keep these blokes on so the necessary maintenance can be done," Marshall said.
"It's a strange decision when there has been such a furore over the standard of public school maintenance. It's pretty obvious that the best chance to do that sort of work is probably over the school holidays."
Marshall confirmed the first step in the battle to retain the jobs with a disputes hearing in the NSW IRC on Monday morning.
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