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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Unions Join Power Surge
Addressing skills shortages and building a new generation of coal-fired power stations have been identified as key responses to a looming energy crisis.
The prescription is being advanced by an umbrella group of energy unions, representing workers from mine to power point, that was formed during this month's World Energy Conference.
The ASU, CEPU and CFMEU decided to band together and develop strategies in response to expert warnings that modern lifestyles could see Australia short of energy within seven years.
Analysts predict Australia will use an additional two percent of energy every year from now until 2019.
"We support environmental issues but realise they will not meet our core needs: ASU secretary, Greg McLean, said. "The fact is that this country has enormous coal reserves and what we need now is to identify and use the technologies that are most efficient and environmentally friendly.
"Decisions need to be made now because it takes seven to nine years to build a base load power station.
"If we don't have enough reliable energy businesses will relocate overseas and everyone will suffer."
The unions, from across the factional divide, have pledged to combine resources in a joint campaign to ensure workers' have a voice in energy planning.
They have already heard from senior union delegates at French energy giant, EDF, which is facing privatisation and McLean has addressed a Canadian electrical workers forums on the Australians situation.
Its demand for politicians to urgently address industry skills shortages has been placed on agenda of the next national Energy Ministers Conference.
McLean said the running down of trade apprenticeships had put the Australia's ability to meet energy needs at risk.
His organisation has began lobbying employers and governments about expanding and upskilling the workforce. Energex, Queensland's biggest power company, has already announced plans to expand the workforce by 10 percent across the board.
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