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.
War And Peace
The Westie Wing
Ian West crunches the numbers in Macquarie Street and finds virtue in deficit.
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Life – Cambodia’s Grand Raffle
Cambodia’s Raffles Grand Hotel charges guests $250 a night but pays some of its workers barely $1 a day – below poverty level according to UN and World Bank statistics.
The charge was leveled by the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF), after last week's discovery of signed wage sheets for the month of December, 2003.
The records prepared by the Raffles Grand human relations manager, show two workers employed on "river cleaning" received $US1 a day. Two workers were listed at $US2 a day, while 19 gardeners, cooks, valets and laundry room attendants signed for payments of $US1.67 a day.
The IUF said that for the month of December, the 23 workers listed received $US1,073 between them - the equivalent of four nights accommodation in one room.
The payments came to light as Cambodian hotel workers continued their campaign for service charges, added to guests' bills by the country's leading tourist hotels.
Raffles Grand workers were granted full and transparent distribution of service charges by decisions of the Cambodian Arbitration Council in January and February this year. However, since those decisions, companies claim to have dropped the 10 percent surcharge.
Cambodian hotels have been adding the charges to bills for years but, according to the IUF, they have never passed the money on to staff.
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