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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Telstra Baulks at Two Percent
In the same week Telstra whacked up line rentals by 14 percent it confirmed it would fight to deny a two percent wage increase to employees – for a fortnight.
CPSU spokesman, Paul Ingwersen, accused the company of wasting shareholders' money at the same time as it was slugging consumers in homes across the continent.
"They are wasting money on lawyers, appealing an IRC decision," Ingwersen said.
"The truth is that employees voted up a 30-month agreement after Telstra set out increases and the dates on which they would be paid.
"After everybody voted, they said the meaning of the agreement was that the increase would be paid two weeks later than they had stated.
Telstra's effort to put back the date on which it pays the next increment to more than 8000 white collar employees was originally blocked by the IRC.
But the company has confirmed it will engage lawyers to try and overturn that ruling.
CEPU secretary, Len Cooper, has called on Telstra to use the departure of aggressive chairman, Bob Mansfield, to rethink its whole approach to workers and consumers.
He called the latest round of price increases imposed by Australia's largest company the "absolutely inevitable" result of deregulation.
"They can't increase charges much business because that is where the competition is strongest," Cooper said. "So they are targeting small business, residential and regional consumers to get more and more for shareholders."
Cooper said the beneficiaries would be large institutional shareholders and the company's largest shareholder, the Commonwealth.
"(Prime Minister John) Howard says he can't do anything about these price increases because they are commercial decisions. The fact is, he can because he controls 50.1 percent of the company, he chooses not to," Cooper said.
"What he really wants is privatisation because then there would be no argument."
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