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
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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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The Westie Wing
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Dili Death "Down to Dollars"
An Australian company’s abuse of Timorese labour laws is being fingered for the death of a Dili man who was crushed by a container, last month.
Timorese unionists say, Pedro Henrique, 40, was hit by the container after 19 hours on duty at the Port of Dili. The new state's labour code sets maximum daily working hours at 12.
East Timorese union official, Jose Da Costa, says Darwin-based Perkins Shipping has been in breach of the hours limit since it started operating in Dili.
Da Costa says the East Timor Maritime and Transport Union has been agitating for more than 12 months for improved working hours on the waterfront.
"Perkins has regularly been in breach of this law since it established its East Timor operators," Costa said. "Our brother has lost his life because of the company's greed.
"He should have finished work at least seven hours before the accident occurred."
The Maritime Union said another major factor in Henrique's death included the lack of workplace safety training offered on the waterfront.
Workers Online understands the Australian company pays Dili waterfront workers around $US1.00 per hour.
Henrique had been unloading an Indonesian ship when he was struck by the container at 2am on March 17.
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