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 MUAís 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.
Donít 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 Santaís 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 Itís Time Ė 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
You Need Help
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Mercury Falling in Hobart
A Tasmanian woman has beaten off a seven year campaign by The Hobart Mercury to put staff on AWAs after workmates rallied to her defence.
The graphic designer was offered an AWA as a cadet, worth half that earned by her colleagues.
The staff member, who has nine years experience in the job, was offered the lower rates of pay given to cadets and no access to training, study time or professional development.
Cadets are paid less under the newspaper's collective agreement because they recieve10 hours of training weekly.
In addition, the AWA offered the reporter $1800 to compensate for loss of entitlements such as shift penalties, overtime, annual leave, loading and allowances.
These entitlements are estimated to be worth $9000 to other workers.
The Mercury was also forced to roll over when a copy kid who was offered a cadetship insisted on going onto a collective agreement.
Andrew Muthy from the MEAA says The Mercury has been getting staff off collective agreements and onto common law contracts since even before the Howard Government era of AWA's.
"The Mercury has been pushing AWA's for some time, they've become aggressive about it and really sneaky about it as well - they push them when people approach them for a job or an upgrade," Muthy says.
"If people stand up to this company they back down."
The MEAA recently took The Mercury to the Anti-Discrimination Board alleging a sub-editor at the paper who had not been given a merit based increase in earnings for 15 years was being targeting because "he was the face of the union" at the Murdoch owned newspaper.
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