So this is our most successful Olympics ever. Our athletes will return from Athens with their biggest ever haul of medals, more winners per capita than anywhere on earth. If all this is true, why does it all feel so empty?
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.
Crane Topples at Death Probe
Treasury’s "Scary" Power Play
Aussie Idol on the Farm
Email Volley Defends Delegate
Hardie Slow on the Uptake
Meatworkers Go Full Monty
Sydney or the Bush
Badge of Honour Signals Row
Libs to Trump Court
Project Champions Working Poor
Jobs Victory on the Border
Scabs in the Valley
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.
Watch What they Do
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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Project Champions Working Poor
Unions have joined the Brotherhood of St Laurence and three universities in a half million dollar campaign to improve the lives of Australia’s working poor.
The four-year Low Pay Project brings together the LHMU and three state labor councils with university researchers and one of the country's leading charity organisations.
LHMU national secretary, Jeff Lawrence, said his organisation and the Brotherhood of St Laurence were increasingly advocating for the same constituency.
"The growth of low-paid and precarious jobs has made low-paid workers the new working poor," he said.
"This alliance will build a strong understanding, and a strident voice, to debate the growth of low-paid jobs in service industries, and the implications for our workplaces, households and communities."
The project is being funded by participating organisations and the Australian Research Council to the tune of $511,000 over the next four years.
Researchers will study the spread of low-paid work around Australia and the Project will organise forums on the topic.
The Low Pay Project was formally launched in Adelaide, this week, with several LHMU members in attendance.
Millions Missing in WA
Meanwhile, in Perth, the LHMU is threatening legal action against the WA Government in a bid to recover millions of dollars it says are owed to teacher assistants.
State assistant secretary, Sue Lines, says workers who should have received $5000 back payments from the Education Department have been fobbed off with amounts between $700 and $1000.
Lines says up to 2000 workers are being dudded because the Department is refusing to honour an agreement made with the union. Some individuals, she said, were losing up to $10,000.
"The department has refused to back pay union members working with special needs children in line with our agreement," she said. "It has failed to pass on rises and back pay amounting to millions of dollars."
Lines said if the "shambles" wasn't resolved, the LHMU would launch prosecutions.
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