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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Black Diamond Deaths Spark Mining Inquiry
Three fatalities and a spate of serious injuries have led to an inquiry being launched into mine safety in NSW.
The Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU says that consideration needs to given to the rapid change the industry has undergone in recent years which has lead to a sharp increase in the use of contractors and the working hours of the state's miners.
"This is a timely review because of the rapidity and timing of change within the industry," says NSW President of the Mining and Energy division of the CFMEU Tony Maher. "The union is not prepared to see anyone else hurt."
The union has pointed to the fact that contractors now make up a third of the industry and that they have been poorly integrated into safety practices.
This has occurred alongside increased casualisation, increased temporary work and fragmentation of employment standards.
The loss of job security in the industry and deregulation has also impacted on mine safety, according to the CFMEU.
"A lot of this has occurred since the Howard government came in," says Maher.
Former state premier Neville Wran will head the review that Mineral Resources Minister Kerry Hickey says is aimed at eliminating deaths and injuries in the industry.
The CFMEU has called for an urgent response to the inquiry's findings.
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