The Security Shift
As the War on Terror spirals out of control, the political dynamics of security are starting to shift – and those banging thee drums of war may become the unlikely casualties.
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.
Terrorism: Workers In Front Line
‘Racist Throwback’ on Rail Project
Green Light for Council Code
Underground Mines a Time Bomb
Teachers Delete Email
Bush Uses Burma Sweatshops
Family Mourns Dead Worker
Call Centre Shocker
Bosses Touched Up With Wet Lettuce
Andrews Throws Last Dice at CFMEU
Smelter Contractors Clear Air
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
More On Green Bans
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
But Will He Get the Trains To Run On Time?
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Green Light for Council Code
A ground-breaking code binding NSW local councils to decent labour standards has been OK’ed by the Federal Government’s competition watchdog.
The breakthrough will provide fresh impetus to the push to have the NSW Government and all local councils thinking about worker's rights when they make purchasing and tendering decisions.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has written to the NSW Labor Council conceding the way the Memorandum of Understanding is being implemented does not breach the Trade Practices Act.
The Labor Council signed agreements a number of NSW councils including Holroyd, Cessnock and Marrickville undertaking that council contractors meet award provisions and allow workers to join their relevant union.
The Labor Council also has a similar agreement with the state government.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had been investigating whether or not the agreement with Holroyd Council constituted anti-competitive conduct.
"This is a significant development,' says NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson. "This shows that the MOUs are not anti-competitive and are consistent with the Trade Practices Act."
The State Government had shied away from fully acting on its agreement with the NSW Labor Council to be pro-worker in its purchasing policies. The government had defended itself by saying that the agreement could contravene the Trade Practices Act.
"This is obviously not the case," says Robertson. "We will be raising this with the state government to ensure they adhere to the agreement by reviewing their code to reflect the approved Holroyd agreement."
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