A tired, ageing government tries to scare the electorate into re-electing it on the basis of a lie. Sound familiar? Yep, John Howard is going to the polls again.
Interview: True Matilda
Former senior bureaucrat John Menadue coordinated the group of 43 calling for truth in government; and now he has bigger fish to fry.
Politics: State of Play
Are all political parties the same? Workers Online tries to cut through the jargon to compare the major parties' approaches to key policy areas.
Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Public Private Partnerships amount to privatisation by stealth. Or do they? Jim Marr investigates.
Unions: Rhodes Scholars
Tim Brunero discovers how the Electrical Trades Union is doing its best to ease the national apprentice crisis.
National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
Noel Hester previews how unions will be fighting the federal election - on the ground and online.
International: People Power
Over the next four years there is a real potential a major struggle will take place for workers� rights and the creation of truly democratic unions in China., writes Andrew Casey
Economics: A Bit Rich
Who Gets What? Why? And So What?, Frank Stilwell reviews the BRW's Rich List
History: Mine Shafts
It's 25 years since Nymboida passed the baton to United, writes Peter Murray
Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Former RAAF engineers could be sitting on a health time bomb, Tim Brunero reports.
Organising: Building a Wave
Community groups, unions and social movements all practice organising, wrties Tony Brown and Amanda Tattersall.
Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
How dare any Liberal suggest that the Prime Minister is a lying rodent! Resident bard David Peetz reports on the outrage that this slur has justifiably caused.
Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Tim Brunero writes The Battle of Algiers is a coldly objective, almost scientific anatomy of revolution.
Culture: The Word On The Street
Phil Doyle reports on how the Australian working class experience lives on through the words of the remarkable Geoff Goodfellow.
Sprung: Howard Liberal with Truth
Yanks Demand Racism
The Greening of Labour
Mums Move to Ease Squeeze
Flying Kangaroo Goes to Water
Health Warning for Bank Robbers
Heritage Goes to Waste
Freespirit in Hiding
Offensive Toilets Threaten Pupils
Telstra Dials Workplace Acquiescence
P-Plate Nightmare for Young
Free Loaders on Notice
Funny Money Raises Interest
Privatisation Debate Energised
Activists What's On!
Hail to the Metro-Sexual!
If the cultural shift required in the workplace to give greater security to working families was broadly accepted the ACTU would not be locked in an adversarial Work and Family test case argues Sharan Burrow.
The Westie Wing
In his latest missive from Macquarie Street our resident Parliamentary commentator, Ian West, walks us through issues around the PBS.
How Bush Lost His Wings
Tracking the National Guard Career of the Fatuous Flyboy from New Haven, Jeffrey St Clair.
The Locker Room
The Name of the Game
Phil Doyle wonders whether we are barracking for the sponsor or the team.
Gold Gold Gold for Neolibs
Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.
Co-operating At All Costs
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Free Loaders on Notice
A High Court ruling that bargaining fees are in breach of federal legislation would not allow NSW workers to avoid their responsibility to contribute to the costs of negotiating wage rises.
Electrical Trades Union NSW state secretary Bernie Riordan says he has received legal advice that the High Court decision would not over-ride bargaining fees t proposed in a series of agreements in the NSW power industry.
"Under NSW law workers have the right to levy a small fee on colleagues who refuse to join the union but benefit financially from their work," Riordan says.
"Our members see such a principle as a simple matter of user pays - unions spend thousands of dollars negotiating increases that benefit all workers and it is only fair that those who do not join should contribute in some small way.
"It is ironic that the laws of the political party that professes to be about choice denies workers the right to opt for this user pay arrangement."
The ETU is currently involved in a special case to extend bargaining fees into a NSW award after more than 90 per cent of the Country Energy workforce voted in favour of the principle.
That case is due to be heard by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission over the next month.
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