Elections are to be held both here and with our controlling shareholder this year and already we are getting the feel for how the incumbents will attempt to cling onto power: fear spiced with loathing.
Interview: Baby Bust
Labor's Wayne Swan argues that the plight of our aging workforce is only one side of our demographic dilemma.
Safety: Dust To Dust
Failure by authorities to police safety in the asbestos removal industry is threatening the lives of members of the public, writes Phil Doyle.
Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
Delegates from print shops around Sydney will publicly shame this month’s Bad Boss nominee with a rally outside his new Alexandria operation next Thursday.
National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
Noel Hester reports on a spin doctors' talkfest, workplace pain, stroppy teachers and IWD party time in the national wrap.
International: Bulk Bullies
An extraordinary five month struggle over affordable health care, by nearly 70,000 Californian supermarket workers, has just come to an end, writes Andrew Casey.
History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Green Bans saved a piece of bush before they saved much of the Sydney’s built environment, writes Neale Towart
Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Tim Anderson reveals Australia’s second betrayal Of East Timor is playing out before our eyes.
Review: The Art Of Work
Workers and westies are being celebrated as the cultural icons they are thanks to two Sydney exhibitions reminding us there is a world of art in the everyday, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Wondering where the next porkie is going to come from? Resident bard David Peetz knows.
Taskforce "Disgraced" in Court
Students Take $10,000 Trim
Truckers Lose Way With GPS
Jockeys Down by Width of Strait
Treasury Loses Sight of Trees
Athens Built on Sweat
Signing Away Safety
Fallen Formworker Critical
Stop or You’ll Stay Blind
Bracks Spin Machine Towels Nurses
Trade Deal Fuzzy on Content
Good Will Still Hunting on Rail
Developer "Monsters" Safety Cop
Day Off for May Day
Activists What's On!
Iraq and Your Mortgage
How high interest rates go will be a key issue in 2004 and if you are looking for a clue, there's no better place to look than the war in Iraq, writes Michael Rafferty.
Hang Onto the Day Job
Show someone else the money, says Phil Doyle.
Ian West shows why Eveleigh Street’s not so far away from Macquarie Street
Bring Back Bulk Billing
Don’t Give Up the Fight
Get Up, Stand Up is the logo of choice on a popular range of subversive condoms. Ken Davis from Union Aid Abroad reports from Zimbabwe’s second city
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Bracks Spin Machine Towels Nurses
Nurses already get a fair go and should not be bound to ‘a rigid system of ratios’, according to a key message the Bracks Government will attempt to drive home to Victorians .
A confidential briefing to Bracks Government staffers sets out messages for the upcoming public service wages round, aiming to shift the focus from the plights of teachers and nurses, to those of students and patients.
While nurse workloads are to be down played, teachers will be accused of trying to take resources from schools and will only be offered a wage rise of nine per cent over three years.
As for public servants, Government advisers suggest their 18 per cent wage claim be dismissed as "unsustainable and financially irresponsible".
In the briefing, staffers are warned: "This may take some time. We need to be professional, calm and responsible throughout this process.
"We are balancing many competing objectives, but our key priority is the responsible management of the State's finances. We must show discipline, consistency and continuity in our message."
The strategy came to light the same week teachers v- from both public and private schools - staged a one-day strike across Victoria after Premier Steve Bracks vowed to "take the unions on".
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