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.
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Kentucky Fried Kids
Miner Shafts Democracy
Fine Drop in Ocean of Blood
Sydney Water Outsources Brains
Head Injuries to No Injuries
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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.
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Carr Trouble At Port Botany
Angry wharfies are promising Bob Carr a "showdown" over expanded container facilities at Port Botany if his government fails to deliver on understandings that workers would be protected.
Last week's shock announcement by Planning Minister Craig Knowles of a government inquiry into expansion at Port Botany has raised the spectre of a third operator armed with AWAs, seeking to destroy wages, conditions and job security.
MUA branch secretary, Robert Coombs, said the government appeared to have gone behind his members' backs, even after they had raised productivity levels to world's best standards.
"In meetings with the government we had been given informal understandings that when a port closed workers would follow the new jobs.
"Now it seems they will close Darling Harbour long before Port Botany container facilities are expanded.
"And there is a real possibility of a third operator who would be a stalking horse for cutbacks in wages, conditions and job security.
"We would argue that P&O or Patrick should operate the any new facilities but, whatever they do, they must involve the MUA and insist that labour be hired under awards and agreements.
"This is very important to our members. If government does not come clean, we will take them on over it."
After the turmoil, "war" as Coombs characterised it, of the 1998 waterfront dispute, the MUA backed increased productivity and campaigned, successfully, with existing operators for more permanency of employment.
The union was one of few public supporters for Carr's plan to close traditional Sydney wharves and extend Port Botany.
Coombs said that situation was driven by his members' appreciation of the city's growth and its need for increased container facilities. But, he warned, it was never unconditional and would be smartly withdrawn if the government did not deliver on its undertakings.
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