Joining the Dots
At first blush there appears little connection between the Howard Government’s handling of the War on the union movement and the War on Iraq – until you realise the key players come from the same team.
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
Weekend Warrior Outed
Dick’s Got Form
Mum Burned By "Barbecue Stopper"
RSL Bombs Vets
Sweetener for Sugar Pills
Death Highlights Risky Business
Casual Affair On The Buses
Athens Update: Dying Games
Nuns Run Amok in Cessnock
Roving Commission for Safety Reps
Workers Order Ziggy on Toast
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.
The Westie Wing
Ian West crunches the numbers in Macquarie Street and finds virtue in deficit.
Tom’s A Furphy
Rolling in Clover
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RSL Bombs Vets
The RSL has turned on its own, sacking a team of former servicemen who joined a union.
The sacked RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution workers, who provide advice and counselling for veterans and war widows were told they were out of work and would be replaced by contractors.
They provide crucial pensions information, welfare support and advice, and serve a vital advocacy role at tribunals such as the Veterans Review Board.
Their dismissal follows a NSW Industrial Relations Commission decision to allow them to join their union and be employed under the Social and Community Services Award, delivering them basic industrial rights and an award wage.
The sackings leave exposed veterans whose claims are due to be heard by the Veterans Review Board in the coming weeks and would normally rely on the RSL advocates.
Australian Services Union executive president Sally McManus says its a sad irony that an organisation set up to champion the interests of people who served their country would throw some of them on the scrapheap - just for standing up for their rights.
"The RSL is leaving Australia's veterans and war widows in the lurch while it goes and plays politics with its dedicated team of employees," McManus says.
"Our immediate concern is for the veterans community and those who use this service, especially those counting on their nominated advocates representing them before the Veterans Review Board. "
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