End of the Casual Affair
The Secure Employment Test Case that kicks off in the coming week in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission will be an important test of how far down the path of labour market deregulation we have travelled.
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
WA Bosses Duck for Cover
Static Hits Digital Revolution
Rising Sun Sets on Costello
Terror Telegraphs New Era
Dust Storm Greets Hardie
Psych Nurses Seek Safety
Work Bad for Your Health
Govt Lays Death Track
Howard Slugs Battlers
APHEDA Wins Award
Feds: Freedom Is Slavery
Free Trade Fun Day
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.
Tom is UN-Amazed
The Westie Wing
Ian West crunches the numbers in Macquarie Street and finds virtue in deficit.
Organ’s Manslaughter Pics
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Work Bad for Your Health
NSW workers unveiled a memorial to fallen colleagues as it was revealed twice as many people died in workplaces, last year, as on the world’s battlefields.
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The monument, a 4.5 metre sculpture called 'Memory Lines' commemorates the hundreds who die every year form workplace accidents and illnesses.
The unveiling was attended by relatives of Sydneysiders who had died at work.
Amongst mourners to lay white Arum lilies at the memorial were family and friends of 16-year-old Joel Exner who died last year in his first week on the job.
Exner fell 15 metres from the roof of a western Sydney building site.
Designed by Sydney artist Ingrid Skirka, the sculpture was unveiled by NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca in a ceremony marking the International Day of Mourning for Deaths in the Workplace.
It will stand in Sydney's Darling Harbour and become a rallying point for workers campaigning for health and safety.
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton said, internationally, 1.3 million workers were killed on the job last year - 3,300 per day and nearly double the number of deaths caused by war.
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