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
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Sydney Water Outsources Brains
Three engineering experts are being dumped by Sydney Water as part of a
process that could compromise the utilityís ability to ensure the quality of water supplies, APESMA warns.
The engineers, in charge of purchasing some of Sydney's most important water assets, are being made forcibly redundant with their jobs expected to go to short-term contractors.
The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers took the case to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission over what it saw as a dangerous program of de-engineering within State Government utilities.
Sydney Water agreed not to proceed with the termination of the workers, who have over 50 years experience between them, for at least a week.
APESMA NSW director Martin O'Connell said as Sydney grapples to ensure
the quantity and quality of its long term water supplies the dumping of
expert full-time staff in favour of contractors was an irresponsible and
short sighted move.
"Sydney Water's assets are meant to last 100 years but it is logical that if
contractors with three-year terms are employed they will be more concerned
with short term profits.
"While Sydney grapples to find a solution to its ever-dwindling water
supplies it is crucial that any technology employed is appropriate for
the task and of the highest possible quality.
"These tasks will never be done justice by short-term contractors that lack
the experience and technical expertise to ensure the long-term viability of
the state's most important assets."
The first of three asset managers was due to be dumped last Friday, with the next due to leave the following Friday.
Sydney Water has downsized its staff by more than two thirds over the past
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