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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Casual Beach Closures
The dangers of casualisation will follow Australians all the way to the beach over summer, threatening lives and closing beaches.
Beaches are set to shut in the Illawarra as local councils push for an increasing reliance on casual lifeguards.
"There has been a proposal to reduce the number of permanent Lifeguard staff," says USU organiser Paul Wesley. "This has the potential to threaten lives."
Wesley said that beach closures were "highly likely" if there was an increasing use of casuals and that Council was reducing the qualifications necessary for casual staff who are being hired to fill lifeguard positions.
"The increasing use of casuals means that there aren't enough people with the requisite skills," says Wesley.
The lack of permanent experienced lifeguards has been highlighted with council unable to get replacements when staff are off sick, leading to beaches being closed.
Outdoor council staff struck earlier this year when the council attempted to renege on a tacit agreement on staffing levels by failing to fill two vacant positions.
The Industrial Relations Commission recommended that the council adhere to the status quo of 20 permanent positions.
"We are meeting with council until we get an agreement that will keep the beaches open and safe as well," says Wesley.
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