That’s All Folks!
Perhaps the most depressing part of this federal election campaign has been the Howard Government’s success, with the willing assistance of the media, of typecasting the union movement as some sort of cartoon bogeyman.
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.
Telstra Dogs on Injured Woman
Strike Three and We’re Out
Boxall Beats Hasty Retreat
Ashfield Moves on Home Truths
Pratt in Warwick Farm Plunge
Robert Reich's 2020 Vision
Numbers Racket at Yandi
Executive Pay Blue Looms
Crazy Mike’s Fire Sale
Kids Remember Kids
DIY Security For Child Care
Canada’s Asbestos Outrage
Aussie Kids Thrown Overboard
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.
Invest In Dignity - Part II
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.
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Canada’s Asbestos Outrage
Protest against Canada’s dumping of asbestos in the developing world will get louder, after its High Commission refused to respond to a union’s call for the practice to stop.
The CFMEU's John Sutton is still waiting for a formal response from Canada after his members registered their concern at a peaceful protest in Canberra.
"Canada is one of the few countries that still mines asbestos and is one of the world's largest exporters of white asbestos," says Sutton.
"With 100,000 people dying every year worldwide from asbestos-related diseases, the Canadian Government needs to seriously consider its policies on asbestos production and export."
Canada exports the deadly fibres to countries like India and Thailand where the material is used for brake pads in cars and in cement.
The CFMEU has evidence workers in these countries use little or no protective equipment when in contact with asbestos.
"The Canadian Government has actively blocked the listing of white asbestos in the major international toxic substances convention, the Rotterdam Convention," says Sutton.
"The convention assists developing countries to prevent shipments to toxic material from first world countries being dumped on their markets."
The Australian Government banned all use of asbestos last year.
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