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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Racism in the Dock
The federal court in Melbourne will hear that a Shepparton boss threatened to get "Black" workers, one at a time.
The revelation came after AMWU members rallied outside SPC Ardmona's Hawthorn head office in support of Aboriginal and Pacific Island employees who allege they have been subjected to four years of bullying and racism.
The AMWU's Bronwyn Halfpenny said the discrimination case had been taken to the federal court after the company failed to act against managers who breached Equal Opportunities legislation.
"Senior management's response has been to send us back to the manager who is responsible for this behaviour and he refuses to acknowledge that he's done anything wrong," Halfpenny said.
"One worker was told she should work more quickly by a manager because he was German and he had destroyed her kind during the war. It's difficult to see that in any light hearted or humorous way.
"This workplace has endured bullying and racism and workers have been intimidated for far too long. Female workers are being told to stay at home and look after their children and the same manager also told another employee that he intended to get the 'black' workers at the site, 'one by one'."
SPC Ardmona markets itself as employer of choice that promotes equal opportunity in the workplace.
The case has been listed for hearing from December 17.
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