The Perfect Storm
The storm clouds are gathering on the industrial horizon, an unholy trinity of a hostile legislative agenda, a radical High Court decision and emboldened employers.
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.
Hardie Rewards Asbestos Rats
Kentucky Fried Kids
Miner Shafts Democracy
Fine Drop in Ocean of Blood
Sydney Water Outsources Brains
Head Injuries to No Injuries
Bosses Celebrate with Sack-athon
Kangaroo Strikebreakers Spotlighted
Officers Change Customs
Union Backs League
Carr Trouble At Port Botany
Pratt Backs Warwick Farm Loser
Students Fight Summer Blues
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.
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.
Shop Till the Worker Drops
Bobís Silver Anniversary
Hit And Myth
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Letters to the Editor
I offer you an alternative view to the "economic achievements" of the past decade that the ALP and the workers have helped to "achieve".
The economic "prosperity" that Australians believe they enjoy is little more than mounting debt that provides the false impression that the workers are finding their way into the middle class. Meanwhile, the ALP has abandoned the worker, once-proud unions have been dismantled, and workplace agreements have created thousands of non-union workplaces where workers, like my husband, are exploited and asked to work in increasingly dangerous workplaces. Work safety has become an insurance game, and has lost the original mission of protecting the worker. I believe the last election has proven that the ALP no longer offers a benefit to the workers of this country, and that these workers now need a new political party that will address the growing inequity in our society. As for interest rates and inflation, these will inevitably rise! in our global western economy. When that happens, the workers who have been duped into massive debt and housing loans for over-inflated properties, will be the first to suffer. Perhaps then the workers of Australia will once again find their strength in solidarity and a common purpose to create a more equitable society where people count for more than money.
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