It was a common refrain on Saturday night as we cried in our beers, hurled vitriol at the TV set and wondered how big the shellacking would be this time around: Howard won on a lie.
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.
Don’t Worry, Be Organised
Senate Faces Family Fight
Cheques Cashed In Seconds
"Undemocractic" Taskforce Court Out
Power to People: On Hold
Eyes Have It Over Lotto
Bomb in Santa’s Sack
No Picnic in Park
Smoking Loophole A Bit Rich
BlueScope Workers Take Stock
ABC Radio Clash
Melbourne Goes Global
No Justice for Joel
Mercury Falling in Hobart
Last Gasp for Monitoring
Kiddie Photos Victory
Thousands Up for Grabs
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.
Giving Your Soul Away
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.
Invest in Dignity Part III
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Senate Faces Family Fight
Family First and the Howard Government could be on a collision course over industrial relations if the fledging party ends up holding the balance of power in the Senate.
Far from being a rubber stamp for the Howard Government, a quick look at the party’s website shows that, if it sticks to its election platform, it will have significant differences with the Coalition’s expected all-out attack on trade unions.
Importantly, Family First says it recognises the role of unions and awards and will aggressively pursue family-friendly policies.
"Family First recognises that a unique industrial relations system of law that has a legitimate place for trade unions has arisen and developed n Australia over a substantial part of our history," its IR policy states.
Among the Family First polices are commitments to:
- increased protection for casuals and outworkers
- sick leave, annual leave and family leave for all employees
- paid maternity leave
- work-based child care, particularly to allow longer periods of breast-feeing
- provisions allowing "re-entry to the workforce at an equivalent status after a time focussed on parenting at home."
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says it would be a mistake to simply dismiss Family First as a vote for the Howard Government.
"This is a party that s hares some objectives with the union movement - particularly in improving the balance between work and family.
"Our objective must be to open a dialogue with the Party too ensure it understands the impact of any industrial relations legislation they are called up to support."
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