Kill the Lawyers
What’s left of the HR Nichols Society must be popping the champagne this week, with a NSW court ruling that sees the triumph of their 20-year battle to kill industrial relations and replace it with a ‘rule of law’.
Interview: Power and the Passion
ALP's star recruit Peter Garrett shares his views on unions, forests and being the Member for Wedding Cake Island
Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Tony Butterfield became a State of Origin gladiator at the unlikely age of 33. Even that, Jim Marr reports, couldn’t prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.
Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSW’s forests have raised eyebrows and temperatures amongst some of the key players reports Phil Doyle.
Housing: Home Truths
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton argues for a radical solution to the housing affordability crisis.
International: Boycott Busters
International unions have issued a new list of corporations breaching ILO sanctions to do business in Burma.
Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
The absurdities of neoclassical economic assumptions has never stood in the way of their being trotted out to justify profiteering and attacks on the rights of citizens. The AUSFTA is the latest rort we are supposed to swallow, writes Neale Towart.
History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Interest in JC Watson's short time as Labor's first Prime Minister should not detract from his more substantial role as Party leader, writes Mark Hearn
Review: Chewing the Fat
As debate rages in Australia about Fast Food advertising, Julianne Taverner takes a look at a side of the industry that Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about in Supersize Me.
Poetry: Dear John
Workers Online reader Rob Mullen shares some personal correspondence with our glorious leader.
Vandals Hit Sweat Shoppers
Blow For Union Busters
Poll Rocks Election Boat
It’s Official: Eggs Come Second
Tetra Packs Private Dick
Workers Demand Act of Contrition
Wollongong’s $4000 Hamberger
Company Pays for Casual Affair
Shame Ships Hide Sausage
First Test for Death Law
Convenience Store Detains Student
Bashed Youth Workers Walk
Un-Fairfax Leads Paper Chase
Nile On The Death Law
ACCC Lays Down Council Code
Activists What’s On!
The Westie Wing
As the NSW Labor Government sells its first budget deficit in nine years, the real concern for the union movement is the devil in the detail, especially when it comes to procurement agreements, writes Ian West.
Labor's IR spokesman Craig Emerson launches a few characteristic salvos across the Parliamentary chamber
The Locker Room
Tears After Bedtime
Phil Doyle says that it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye
Postcard from Vietnam
APHEDA's Hoang Thi Le Hang reports from the north of Vietnam on a project being fund by Australian unionists.,
The Agony Of The Refugee
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Shame Ships Hide Sausage
Forty kilos of undeclared meat from China was smuggled into the port of Brisbane this week resulting in a serous breach of Australian quarantine laws.
According to International Transport Workers Federation coordinator Dean Summers, the captain of Flag of Convenience ship, Cape Donnington, wanted to avoid buying the meat in Australia to feed his crew because it was cheaper in China.
"Bringing in raw, unprocessed meat that is unchecked has the potential to damage our domestic meat and livestock industry," said Summers.
Minister for Transport, John Anderson, who is also responsible for maritime security granted the Single Voyage Permit to the foreign ship which first came to the attention of Summers last month. Workers in Port Kembla had seen the ship's crew fishing in the harbour for food because its stores were empty.
"We made sure that food was purchased before she set sail and complained to Australian charterers, Austral Asia Lines," said Summers. "They've obviously done nothing about it."
Giving permits to Flag of Convenience ships isn't just a problem for quarantine, it also adds to our security risk.
"You can't deregulate our coast and our ports and the same time expect they are going to be more secure," says MUA National Secretary Paddy Crumlin. "Flag of Convenience ships have crews made up guest workers, or people that are hired off the street. These conditions leave us vulnerable to security breaches."
Meanwhile, wharfies from Newcastle raised $500 out of their own pockets to feed the hungry crew of Cape Dennington, after they discovered that the food on the ship was inedible.
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