The Mouse That Roars
A number of campaigns this week show how web campaigning is reaching a level of sophistication that is transforming it from a gee-whiz fad to a potent industrial tool.
Interview: Machine Man
It’s regarded as the most powerful job in the Party, but new NSW ALP general secretary Mark Arbib wants to build a bridge with the union movement.
Unions: Testing Times
Unions are not opposed to drug and alcohol testing, but they do want to see real safety issues addressed, writes Phil Doyle.
Bad Boss: Freespirit Haunts Internet
FreeSpirit forked out a motza for a whiz bang internet presence then disappeared right off the radar – once it was nominated as our Bad Boss for May.
Unions: Badge of Honour
Surry Hills is home to one of the world’s finest displays of union badges thanks to Bill "The Bear" Pirie and a supporting cast headed by Joe Strummer, Mark Knopfler, George Benson, Annie Lennox and other seriously big noises.
National Focus: Noel's World
Shrill bosses bleat over minimum wage rise, union spinmeisters congregate in Melbourne and Tassie’s nurses take the baton from their mob in Victoria reports Noel Hester in this national round up.
Economics: Safe Refuge
A humanitarian approach to refugees and an economically rational one?? I’d like to see that. Frank Stilwell did, when he went to Young in NSW to look into the impact of the Afghan refugees on temporary protection visas who came to work for the local abattoir
International: Global Abuse
Amnesty International have joined the chorus against the violation of trade union rights in the former Soviet republic of Belarus.
History: The Honeypot
To the Honeypot come those individuals anxious to get their hands on instant wealth. So it was in the early days of Broken Hill, wrties Grace Hawes in this homage to the mining town.
Review: Death And The Barbarians
This new take on coming of age films focuses on the coming of death and the dignity and maturity it can inspire among those touched by it - though not always easily in the overcrowded Canadian public health system, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers some of the unfolding mysteries of talk back radio.
Casual Affair Costs Family
Dob a Driver Strikes Out
Crash LAME’s Smoking Gun
Axe To Fall On Skippy
Internet Replaces Crayons
Young Lives Crushed
Feds Move Goal Posts
Telstra Baulks at Two Percent
Crane Death Brings Fine
Worker Breaks Unwritten Law
Private Nurses Short Changed
RailCorp Wrecks Weekend
Thunderbirds Are Stop
Activists What’s On!
Rethinking Left and Right Part 1
Dr David McKnight, from the University of Technology, Sydney presents a new frame for looking at the competing ideas within Social Democracy.
Rethinking Left and Right Part 2
David McKnight concludes the paper he presented to the ‘Rethinking Social Democracy’ conference, in London, April 15-17, 2004.
Out On A Limb
Phil Doyle becomes the first Australian journalist to state that the Olympics will be called off.
The Westie Wing
In the latest episode, Ian West explores what Disraeli called "Lies, damn lies and statistics".
Message from America
Searing snapshots from a landscape of uncertainty have plunged the Bush Administration into deeper crisis, writes WorkingForChange's Bill Berkowitz.
Justice For Victims Denied
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Feds Move Goal Posts
The Federal Government will change minimum wage case ground rules after six-figure earners complained about low income Australians breaking the $12 an hour barrier.
Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, joined spokespeople for the Australian Industry Group (AIG) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in criticising the AIRC's decision to lift the minimum wage by $19 a week.
Workers Online understands each of the above critics earns more than $100,000 a year, but Heather Ridout (AIG), Peter Anderson (ACCI) and Andrews' office adopted a neither confirm nor deny stance, when approached on the subject this week.
Andrews, however, confirmed he would introduce legislation to change the basis on which future wage cases were determined so the bench was required to take "the unemployed" into account.
The case to boost basic earnings was run by the ACTU.
Its secretary, Greg Combet, applauded the lift in minimum fulltime earnings to $467.40 a week.
"Without the union movement pushing for increases in minimum wages 1.6 million low paid Australians would miss out on any pay rise at all," Combet said.
"This decision means low paid workers and their families will take home a bit extra in their pockets each week."
Combet said over half a million working families and around 90,000 workers relied on charities and welfare organisations because they couldn't make ends meet.
Anderson said small and medium-sized businesses would struggle under the decision."
Helen Ridout said it took Australia into uncharted waters and would reduce job security.
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