The release of the Jackson Inquiry into James Hardie may represent the completion of one chapter of Australia’s largest corporate scandal, but it is by no means the end of the story.
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.
Delta Parties Like It’s 1994
Shot In The Arm for Dealers
Corporates Vote for AWAs
Mind Game for the Discriminating
Electrolux "Try On" Rebuffed
Cultural Revolution Purges Howard
Xerox On The Blink
Billions Hidden Behind the Veil
Customs Crosses the Border
Toolbox Gimmick Threatens Awards
Cleaners Clean Up
u r brkng t law
Unions Join Power Surge
Vulnerable Lose Shot At Life
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.
I Say I Say I Say
Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.
I Say I Say I Say II
Vote Early, And Often
No Surplus Of Generosity
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Shot In The Arm for Dealers
Star City casino workers dealing with bodily fluids including vomit and blood has led to them being offered free Hepatitis B vaccinations.
Punters coughing and spluttering over dealers, dirty sheets, handling potentially violent customers are among the safety risks faced by casino workers, placing them at risk from contracting the disease.
The Liquor Hospitality & Miscellaneous Union has secured the measure to protect employees, a move it says comes from experience in American casinos where the vaccination shots are used to protect hotel and casino employees.
"We have had an ongoing concern about staff in higher risk occupations," says Tim Ferrari. "There are not too many people at the casino it doesn't affect."
"We'd like to stress that there is not a high level of incidents."
The shots will be voluntary but 250 employees took up the initial offer when Medical staff gave the course of free injections on site.
The development follows the success of the casino worker's union in introducing measures to deal with aggressive behaviour by casino customers, which has increased the confidence of staff.
The LHMU has also achieved the introduction of metal detectors to stop guns and knives coming into the casino.
"The odds are getting higher that some disgruntled punter who has lost their life's savings would come in seeking retribution," says Ferrari. "As happened in Mississippi in 1999 when a punter returned and shot three dealers."
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