No one likes a bully – and if the response to Labor Council’s bullying conference is anything to go by, there are more of these irritating creatures in Australian workplaces than ever before.
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.
Position Vacant for Bully
Reality Dawns on Delta
Stink Rises from Dunnies
Girl Power Slays Oil Giants
CFMEU on Highway to Hell
Super Deal for Mums
Millionaires Pay Peppercorn Wages
Hardie Fighters Go Dutch
Exporting Your Bank Details
Teachers In Crossfire
Strikers Unplug Western Power Play
Health Changes Shift Barrier
Meredith and Me
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.
Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.
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Exporting Your Bank Details
Offshoring of IT jobs in the financial sector is placing people’s bank accounts at risk, according to finance sector workers.
Finance Sector Union official, Mel Garfield, warns sensitive personal information will be available around the globe as a result of IT jobs being shifted offshore.
"We are calling for legislation to ensure that private information is not held offshore without the express permission of consumers,' she said.
"We are also calling on Australian financial institutions to abide by ILO conventions."
Garfield spoke as industry analysts estimated thousands of jobs could be shifted offshore as a result of IT firms moving to slash labour costs.
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) wants a more considered approach to offshoring.
"We believe an offshoring decision should only be made with full understanding of the medium and long term costs, and not just on the basis of promised short-term savings," says ACS national president, Edward Mandla.
There concerns were backed by ALP senator, Kate Lundy, who said Australian privacy laws would not apply to data held overseas.
"There are Australian laws relating to security and privacy and there are no guarantees that these laws will be upheld offshore," says Lundy, who claims a lax approach to the issuing of government contracts means government data could find its way into foreign hands.
"Labor's approach will be to set a tough test for any offshoring proposal," says Lundy. "The public sector should be a benchmark. The private sector should follow the lead of the public sector."
Lundy pointed to previous security breaches.
Earlier this year sensitive computer disks from the Prime Minister's department being stored in a wheelie bin were accidentally sent to the tip.
Lundy has called for the government to do more than provide lip service when it comes to guaranteeing the security of sensitive personal information.
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