The Prime Minister has put the economy front and centre in this election campaign, asserting - without a hint of irony – that he is the only one to trust with the national economy
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.
Mind Games Off The Rails
Kodak Blurs Jobs Picture
Whistleblower Stitched Up
Ranger Incompetence Saves Lives
Skelton in Telstra Closet
Capt Cook Discovers Flexibility
Optus Opts Out
Hardie Lemon in Orange County
One Rule for Qantas
Mum Takes on Bullies
Costa’s Train Crash
TV Clash Using Visual Ammunition
Mormons In Asbestos Blue
Apprentices Lose Out
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.
The Abbott Youth
Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.
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Ranger Incompetence Saves Lives
A contractor at the Ranger uranium mine survived a life threatening accident only because mine plant was in such poor shape that, when an ore hopper hatch crushed him, a wall gave way saving his life.
The operator of the controversial mine, Energy Resources Australia (ERA), has been blasted by Territory unions who blame the use of AWAs and an "ideological industrial agenda" for falling safety standards, including the uranium poisoning of up to 120 mineworkers.
Workers at the Rio-Tinto owned Ranger uranium mine drank and showered in water containing 400 times the legal limit of uranium in March this year.
"Falling safety standards can be linked to AWAs," says Didge McDonald from the Northern Territory Labor Council. "The aggressive anti-union policy of the operator ERA means worker involvement on OH&S is negligible.
"OH&S is more punitive than co-operative, which flies in the face of all modern practice.
"Their ideological industrial agenda has lead to potentially 120 workers being poisoned."
Rio Tinto owned ERA has been aggressively using AWAs leaving just a handful of Ranger employees on a union-negotiated enterprise bargaining agreement.
McDonald says that Territory unions are calling for major changes to mine safety legislation and for the enforcement role to be taken out of the existing government department and given to NT WorkSafe.
Unions have been critical of the NT Mining Management Act and the lack of an effective enforcement regime by both territory and Federal Governments.
"The underlying principle of the act is self-regulation," says McDonald. "Both enforcement agencies are close to the employers."
McDonald was also critical of the extensive use of contractors in the top end mining industry, claiming it was setting up a 'two tiered' workforce with two levels of safety.
Unions are eagerly anticipating the findings of a soon to be released NT Government report into the Ranger Mine.
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