No Place Like Home
Little by little, the truth is seeping out; a judicial inquiry into James Hardies Industries corporate restructure is exposing a scandal of dramatic proportions.
Interview: The New Democrat
Canadian activist Judy Rebick explains how she's using lessons from Brazil to rebuild the labour movement.
Bad Boss: The Ugly Australian
Prime Minister John Howard is in California spruiking the "merits" of this month’s Bad Boss nomination …
Unions: Free Spirits and Slaves
International capital demands guest labour – legal or illegal – as a way of beating down wages and conditions and, as Jim Marr discovers, the Australian Government seems happy to oblige.
Industrial: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on another workplace death (we-will-not-RIP NOHSC), heartburn for the Canberra consensus and all the action from around the states in our national wrap.
History: A Class Act
The problem of forgetting the primacy of class in favour of other ideas of community is highlighted in a new book, writes Neale Towart
International: Across the Ditch
NZ Nurses Union leader, Laila Harré, is in Sydney this week, comparing notes with the Australian Nurses Federation and seeking transTasman support for New Zealand’s highest profile industrial campaign.
Economics: Home Truths
Sydney University's Frank Stilwell argues that tax policy is driving the housing boom.
Review: No Time Like Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is one part Grim Reaper of the environmental movement and two parts fictitious fable dramatically window dressed with extreme special effects, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Silent Note
Resident Bard David Peetz uncovers the current public service motto – "Don't tell the Minister!".
Multi Bets on China Card
Community Flags Reconciliation Push
Nigel’s Ad Values Questioned
Medal for "Jobs Vandal"
Schoolies Earn Thousands
Westbus Drives Over Entitlements
Circus Owners Cut Up Rough
Fireys Slam Adelaide "Death Traps"
Job Slasher Faces Spam
Sixty Stations Face Axe
"Sickies" to Join Dinosaurs
Mr One Percent on Notice
Stink Over DJ’s Bogs
Aussie Kids Die on the Job
Activists What’s On!
The Pursuit of Happiness Part I
The Australia Institute's Clive Hamilton questions the assumptions underlying a society that defines happiness in dollar terms.
The Pursuit of Happiness Part II
Clive Hamilton concludes his analysis, looking at how more and more Australians are pulling back from a marketplace that is no longer providing the goods.
The Locker Room
Sack ‘Em All!
Phil Doyle puts his job on the line, but doesn’t everyone these days?
Flexed To Death
The Westie Wing
The NSW Government has an agenda on the table but the test is finding innovative ways to finance it, writes Ian West
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Stink Over DJ’s Bogs
Workers at David Jones’ upmarket new Bondi Junction operation are denied allowances for cleaning the toilets.
Vikas Garg, employed at David Jones by a contractor, also told Workers Online he had been denied super payments and workmates had had to strike before being paid at all.
The Cleaning Industry Award provides for allowances between $2.01 and $2.68 a shift for cleaning toilets.
Garg's revelations came after cleaners at Woolworths Town Hall store reported they earned just $10 an hour - almost six dollars below the going rate.
The LHMU is targeting Woolworths Town Hall where "casual" cleaners, employed by a contractor, are denied annual holidays, sick pay and holiday pay.
The union also has Occupational Health and Safety concerns at the workplace.
Cleaners and their supporters rallied outside the store last week handing out mock 'dirty money' and chanting 'No Cash - No Way - Woolworths You've Got To Pay!'
The rally was held as part of International Cleaners Day.
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