Now the US Australia Free Trade Agreement is signed, sealed and rubberstamped, we will see for ourselves who was right Ė those who argued Nirvana or those who warned of economic Armageddon.
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
Donít 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 monthís Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europeís big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours Ė 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.
Hardie Boycott Sweeps State
Vic Bosses Spit Dummy
Revenge of the Bank Staff
Young Workers Grounded
Stab Proof Undies Arresting
Carr in Cleaners Dust-Up
Conflict Threatens Rail Safety
Stats Lead Race to Bottom
Spotlight on Olympic Stitch-Up
Bomber Targets Canberra
Casino's Gamble Backfires
Choice in Truth Mix
Activists Whatís 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 Hardieís 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 movementís quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.
Tomís Legal Advice
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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Young Workers Grounded
Young drivers calling a special hotline are endorsing claims a curfew on P-platers will severely disadvantage young workers.
In the first day of its operation, the Labor Council hotline received 35 calls from angry youngsters who said the laws were unworkable and would jeopardise their employment and studies.
Labor Council spokesman Matt Thistlethwaite said many students were worried the proposed law change would effect their ability to fund tertiary studies through barwork and nightfill jobs.
"They thought the government's proposal to grant exemptions for workers and students would mean so many people got them the whole system would be useless," he says.
"Young people who do volunteer work for community organisations were also worried. One guy who does tutoring for Air Force cadets was worried because he only finished at 9.30pm and he has to drive an hour home," says Thistlethwaite.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson said the curfew would have a devastating impact on young workers, particularly apprentices attending night courses and students working casually, in the hospitality industry.
"Young workers who are taking the initiative to get ahead are being hit two ways, first by ongoing cuts to public transport and now by this proposal to limit the time they can drive on the roads," Robertson said.
The NSW Roads Minister, Carl Scully, wants to force young drivers off the road between 10pn and 6am, stop them driving powerful cars and restrict teenage passengers to one.
Scully, who aims to have the measures in place by year's end,
has said young drivers who had to use their cars for night jobs could be granted restricted licenses allowing them to drive to and from work.
The Unions NSW Hotline number is: 1800 688 919
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