As our athletes approach the starting line in Athens, it is interesting to reflect on how the world has changed since Sydney was the centre of a global group hug just four years ago.
Interview: Trading Places
New ACTU International Officer Alison Tate cut her teeth delivering aid to developing nations through APHEDA. Now she is helping chart the global union agenda.
Safety: Snow Job
James Hardie has been drilled into our collective consciousness as a story of power, greed and immorality. It is also, as Jim Marr reports, a tale of human tragedy.
Politics: In the Vanguard
Damien Cahill reveals how neo-liberal think tanks have been at the forefront of the corporate assault upon trade unions and social movements in Australia.
Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Don’t get between Sydney sparkie Semir Pepic and a gold medal in a dimly lit alley, writes Tim Brunero.
Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
Perfect Porker, Darren Vincent, brings a history of meat worker shafting to this month’s Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europe’s big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours – without any recompense, reports Andrew Casey.
History: Under the Influence
Was John Kerr drunk when he wrote and signed the letter dismissing Edward Gough Whitlam from the Prime Ministership in 1975? Geraldine Willissee investigates.
Economics: Working Capital
Where superannuation fits, where it fails and what we should we do about it. Neale Towart gives the tough answers.
Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
There's many a must see moment in Mike Moore's new flick but beating the propaganda machine at its own game wreaks havoc with wearied bullshit detectors, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
When Flood washed away the PM's sins, the truth was once again left high and dry.
Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
During a recent visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home, I was waylaid by an ancient gentleman who insisted I listen to what he had to say, writes Rowan Cahill.
Stink Rises from Hamberger
ALP Embraces Collectivism
Bully Drives Deckhand into Drink
Fighter in Cancer Link
Tunnellers Dig in for Safety
Seconds Out in Newcastle
Vale Josh Heuchan
"Betrayal" Sparks Election Rethink
Councils Wedge James Hardie
Great Southern Death Rattler
Libs Desert "War Criminal"
Casuals Take Over
ALP Star Hits The Waterfront
Activists What’s On!
The Westie Wing
The Labor Governments in each State must take the lead to stop the abuse of corporate law in Australia in the absence of action from the Federal Government, as the Inquiry into James Hardie’s has highlighted, writes Ian West.
Cleaners Deserve Our Support
It's time the state's cleaners were given some support, loyalty and long service leave, writes Chris Christodoulou.
The Locker Room
Half Time At The Football
Phil Doyle wants to have his pie and eat it too.
Frank Mossfield was one of the labour movement’s quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.
An Officer And A Teacher
Lessons From East Timor
Just back from a study tour to East Timor, National Reserach Officer with the Construction division of the CFMEU, Ben Stirling, writes about the experience for Workers Online.
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Tunnellers Dig in for Safety
Workcover doesn’t employ a single inspector with tunnelling experience in a city where more than 1000 workers are employed on a $3.5billion underground boom.
CFMEU organiser, Steve Dixon, unveiled those statistics in an impassioned plea for a "fair go" for tunnellers, after a father of two was killed on Sydney’s cross-city project.
The CFMEU and AWU are urging Workcover to resuscitate the specialist, Civil Sector Safety Unit, disbanded several years ago.
Dixon said tunnelling was a dangerous, complex, specialised occupation.
"Workcover expect to send out someone with no experience to understand the situation and, frankly, that's impossible," he said.
"It's not fair on the inspectors, for a start, and it's certainly not fair on people risking their lives to help rebuild Sydney.
"If the government told people they could take their cars to the local bakery to get a rego, the public would be horrified. It's the same thing."
Workers held a memorial service for Ronald Shore in Sydney, last Thursday. His body is being flown back to New Zealand for burial.
A mass meeting, last Friday, decided Baulderstone Hornibrooke's cross-city tunnel job would remain closed until geotechnical surveys and safety audits had been completed.
AWU organiser, Kevin Browne, said tunnellers on three city jobs had been "extremely generous" in providing support for Shore's family.
The union hopes to make a six-figure contribution to a trust fund that is being established for his daughters in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Labor Council is backing AWU and CFMEU bids to meet Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca, over occupational health and safety in the sector.
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