The Premiership Quarter
After spending the past month with a decidedly sinking feeling, there’s a whiff of hope and expectation that the Howard era could actually be coming to an end.
Interview: The Last Bastian
AMWU state secretary Paul Bastian has been at the centre of the three year battle to bring James Hardie to account.
Unions: High and Dry
Jim Marr unpacks the recent High Court Electrolux decision to test whether the ruling matches the media hype.
Security: Liquid Borders
The Howard Government loves to trumpet its national security credentials but a close look at its record in shipping sinks the myth argues MUA’s Zoe Reynolds.
Industrial: No Bully For You
Phil Doyle reports on how bringing dignity and respect to the workplace is undermining bullies.
History: Radical Brisbane
Radical Brisbane extends the 'Radical City' series into the Red North. Two experienced activists, academics and writers turn South East Queensland history on its head.
International: No Vacancies
More than 1400 hotel union workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 2, are on strike at four major hotels in San Francisco, California, writes Andrew Casey.
Economics: Life After Capitalism
A situation that all anarchists dream of? Michael Albert has been more than dreaming., writes Neale Towart
Technology: Cyber Winners
Labourstart's Eric Lee looks at a good news story of global online campaigning that has delivered a victory.
Poetry: Do It Yourself Poetry
Teaser: Wondering why the polls are all over the place? Ask our resident bard and psephologist.
Review: Hard Labo(u)r
The Voice of Southern Labor highlights the role music played in the 1930's US textile strikes, but more than that it provides a lucid insight into the roots of modern capitalism and some truly organic organising, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Kev Cooks the Books
Black Hole In Libs Kids Plan
Xerox Copies Waterfront Tactics
Hardies Asbestos Woes "Snowballs"
Air Fleet Grounded By Job Cuts
Musos Lung For Better
Customs Officers Declare
Dumbing Down The Trades
Pacific National Sidetracks Hunter Jobs
Witch Hunt For Whistleblower
Black Diamond Deaths Spark Mining Inquiry
Pensioners Strip Over Pension Strip
Activists What's On!
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues It’s Time – for an IR reality check.
The Westie Wing
Much work has been done in the past to ease the plight of clothing outworkers in New South Wales. It's time to step up the pressure, as sweatshops and clothing contract work are thriving stronger than ever, writes Ian West.
Who Started the Class War?
Evan Jones looks across the Australian political landscape and asks who are the real class warriors?
The Locker Room
First Past The Post
Phil Doyle is coming up in class and is all the better for recent racing
Our favourite state MP returns for his monthly Macquarie Street wrap.
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.
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Musos Lung For Better
A Sydney Musician registered a "dangerously high" level of passive smoke intake after a two-hour gig, according to an AMA-supervised test.
Non-smoking jazz violinist George Washingmachine took the test after similar tests in Perth and Melbourne this year revealed patrons recorded nicotine levels almost comparable with those of active smokers.
Musicians have demanded all states legislate for immediate pub and club smoke bans.
The SmokeFree Australia coalition co-ordinator Stafford Sanders says the ban is an urgent work safety issue on a par with asbestos in the seriousness of the harm caused to victims and numbers of workers affected.
The coalition includes the LHMU, MEAA, ACTU and the Musicians' Union of Australia.
Sanders says governments have talked for more than ten years on the issue and need to enforce bans.
"We've had occupational health and safety laws that should have been enforced to remove this danger but have instead been quietly ignored at the behest of tobacco-friendly vested interests such as the
Australian Hotels Association," says Sanders.
"We know tobacco smoke contains more than 130 toxic compounds; we know from many studies that it causes cancer and heart disease; we know that it is killing bar workers in considerable numbers."
"The AHA has been especially culpable, in lobbying governments to block, delay or water down smoke bans.
" The AHA ...continues to conduct unfounded and inaccurate scare campaigns among its members, wrongly claiming businesses will be 'destroyed.'
"This tobacco-tainted lobbying is frustrating the will of the overwhelming majority of the community, who want smokefree venues quickly - not in another two years."
Several countries including Ireland and NZ, and seven US states, have enacted total bans.
To support an e-mail protest campaign to ban smoking in pubs and clubs go to
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