There is something just a little too cute about the NSW government’s discovery of a budget crisis on the eve of public sector wage talks.
Interview: Terror Australis
The Howard Government has just discovered the nation's ports are a terrorist target. The International Transport Federation's Dean Summers has been warning them for years.
Unions: Graeme Beard's Second Dig
Hidden in the Australian Workers Union Sydney office is a mild-mannered industrial officer who once strutted the international cricket stage, writes Jim Marr.
Industrial: The Hell of Troy
On the basis of a couple of hours in the witness box, Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole described Troy Stratti as "credible". Six men who, together, have known the company director for the best part of 50 years beg to differ.
Organising: Miners Strike Gold
Traditional unions are rediscovering the power of grassroots organising. Paddy Gorman reports from the coal face.
Economics: The Accepted Wisdom
Evan Jones argues that economic policy making has been narrowed and rendered mechanistic and antiseptic.
History: Vicious Old Lady
Despite its Liberal leanings, the Sydney Morning Herald has never been shy of bashing unions, writes Neale Towart.
International: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Thailand must end its crackdown on Burmese fleeing rights abuses in their military-ruled homeland, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
Review: War Unfogged
Want to go to war but not sure where to start? Look no further than Errol Morris' latest doco-drama for the definitive 11-step lesson plan, writes Tara de Boehmler.
A TAFE student struggling under the weight of fees shares his wordly wisdom
Gong Points Death Bone at Iemma
Strip – Howard’s Order to Shoppies
Workers Victory - We’re Legal!
Compo Family Exiled to Peru
Patrick Faces Million Dollar Fines
Water Quality in Budget Back-Wash
Feds Dodge Death
Hard Men Melt Away
Three Cheers for 36-Hour Week
Dili Death "Down to Dollars"
Builder Pleads Guilty
Maternity Plan: Hard Labor?
Life – Cambodia’s Grand Raffle
Thumbs Up for Union Code
Activists What’s On!
A Voice for Peace
Palestinian trade union leader calls on militants to lay down their arms while the ICFTU protests harassment of Palestinian union leader.
The Double Standard Bearers
Nicholas Way argues that when it comes to collective action, the Howard Government has different views depending on whether you are a unionist or a small business.
The Locker Room
The Fine Print
While the result mightn’t be everything, it does make the back of the newspaper more interesting, as Phil Doyle reports.
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Feds Dodge Death
The Federal Government is moving to dodge the ACT’s Industrial manslaughter laws in a move slammed by the ACTU as "immoral".
"The Government's own figures show that more than 2000 Australians die from a work-related cause every year," says ACTU President Sharan Burrow. "The death toll from work is higher than the national road toll."
"Despite this terrible situation, Minister for Employment Kevin Andrews has tabled new legislation to override the crime of 'industrial manslaughter'."
"Instead of taking a lead in this area and legislating to ensure better protection for Commonwealth employees the Howard Government is taking health and safety laws backwards."
The Federal Government has introduced legislation exempting Commonwealth workplaces, including businesses like Telstra and Australia Post, from the ACT laws.
Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews said the ACT legislation, which makes industrial manslaughter an offence under the territory's Crimes Act, was "a retrograde step in preventing workplace fatalities".
This contradicted statements from the responsible ACT Minister, Katy Gallagher, that the introduction of the legislation had seen a sharp rise in efforts by ACT businesses to comply with the Territory's occupational health and safety legislation.
The ACTU concurred with the ACT Government's experience.
" bad employers often need the threat of severe penalties to be pressured into providing a healthier and safer workplace," says Burrow.
Gallagher told media outlets that the Commonwealth's bill was "ideologically driven" and "an intrusion into the rights of the ACT to determine its own laws".
If passed, the Federal Government's bill will also exempt Commonwealth workplaces from similar laws adopted by any other state or territory in future.
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