Unions NSW is currently hosting one of the world’s great thinkers in Robert Reich; academic, commentator and Clinton labour secretary; a man with a mind as big as the dilemmas progressive politics face right now.
Interview: Minority Report
New federal ALP industrial relations spokesman Stephen Smith on the hostilities in store for the labour movement.
Industrial: Girl Power
Tim Brunero looks at how women are making their mark in a once-male dominated trade.
Unions: Made in NZ
Jim Marr looks behind the rhetoric to uncover what the Howard Government has in store for Australian workers.
History: Spirit for a Fair Go
Paddy Gorman looks at the importance of Eureka on the Australian political psyche.
Economics: Fool's Gold
Tom Bramble identifies some contradictions in Howard's economic miracle.
Politics: Worth Fighting For
One of the Left's most influential figures of the last 40 years gives his theory of power ...
Health: The Force Behind Medibank
Public health has always been a core activity for the union movement, writes Neale Towart
Legal: Robust Justice
Former ACTU executive member and textile union leader Anna Booth argues that Alternate Dispute Resolution is one way around the looming assault on union rights.
International: After the Revolution
Has China entered a post-revolutionary phase - and where will it take the world, asks James Goodman
Poetry: The Sound of Unions
Ah, the hills are alive, with The Sound of Unions, muses resident bard, David Peetz
Review: Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton's newest role puts the 'nick' in Saint Nicholas and reveals the Satan in Santa, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Moral Crusade to Save Family
20 Dead – Stockmarket Applauds
Karen Gives Howard a Paint Job
Buckeridge Bill Blocks Entry
Casual Beach Closures
Railworkers Scull Costa
Racism in the Dock
Go Home Alone – And Other Survival Tips
Vet Beats Bullet
Cleaners Clean Up
Weekend Work Wiped
Miners Go to the Movies
Feds Attack Low Paid
Activists What's On!
How Labor Lost the Plot
In his contribution to Australia's new political zine 'New Matilda' , Father Michael kelly argues the ALP is in search of a soul.
Outside the Tent
Labor exile Lindsay Tanner is warning the ALP to be careful who it gets into bed with.
The Locker Room
Sons Of Beaches
Phil Doyle gets the perfect wave, and waves back
The Westie Wing
150 years since the struggle at Eureka, the fight to achieve social justice, equality and responsible government is just as vital as ever in the neo-conservative Australia, writes Ian West.
Postcard from Harare
Ken Davis, from Union Aid Abroad, on how unions are at the forefront in the battle for democracy in Zimbabwe
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Letters to the Editor
I've enjoyed reading your recent editorials, stimulating and topical, challenging also, although not agreeing with it all, which in itself doesn't matter very much.
Regarding "Australian Idols" and it's somewhat coy conclusion that our future leaders "are in the community", if it takes Australian Idol, The Apprentice and an easily expropriated fare free tactic (al la Peter Finch?), to get you there, fair enough. Of course, that leaves begging little questions like "which community?" and "what sort of content might there be to the leadership?"
For 2 centuries the working class has thrown up in the midst of their struggles great leaders (and not so great), men and women, who have explained where injustice comes from and why, articulated worker demands and shaped the course of the campaigns against the employers and their agents that have been necessary to win those demands.
The potential for existing leaders and those still to emerge is just as strong as it has ever been.
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