Raking Over The Tea Leaves
Prepare yourselves; you are about to enter the Twilight Zone, a strange world where logic collapses in on itself, where enemies are new friends and assets become liabilities.
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.
Cameron Flags Fightback
Latham on Union Mat
Union Shelters WA Roofers
Bosses Trip on Electrolux
Drivers Derail Game Boy
Asses Get Carrot
Families Pay More For Homes
Commonwealth Banks on Sackings
Back Gong Back in Gong
"Joke" Fine Death Boss
Division Over Hardie Laws
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.
Honesty Is the best Policy
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.
Nothing To Stand On
Itís The End Of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
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Commonwealth Banks on Sackings
Commonwealth Bank workers will put job security, and services, to shareholders after management slammed the door on negotiations.
FSU assistant national secretary, Sharron Caddie, will move an AGM resolution calling for future restructures to go before shareholders in a bid to stop slash and burn policies that have cost 20,000 jobs and shut more than 600 branches.
Workers are annoyed at last year's "Which new bank?" re-structure which proposed axing another 3700 jobs, while claiming to promote excellent service and staff morale.
Staff endorsed shareholder activism during a national strike in July over staffing levels, relief structures, work targets and pay rates.
The David Murray-led bank responded by unilaterally increasing wage rates by four percent and refusing to negotiate on any claims put forward by staff.
Caddie says the bank has treated employees and EBA negotiations with contempt.
"During negotiations management thanked us for our presentations and said no to every single aspect of our claim," Caddie said. "Federal IR rules don't require good faith bargaining so the Commonwealth doesn't negotiate in good faith.
"Eighty seven percent of employees believe lack of staff is the most important issue confronting them."
"David Murray has lied to the extent he said he would listen and he's failed to provide them with the very things they have said are fundamental to providing good service and having a good day at work."
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