And so Workers Online makes our belated return to 2005 - and while we may have the same old familiar faces in Federal Parliament, politically, it�s a whole new ball game.
Economics: Super Seduction
Sharks are circling your super. From July 1, banks and financial planners will have access to the nesteggs of an extra four million workers.
Interview: Bono and Me
ACTU Sharan Burrow lifts the lid on the rock star lifestyle of an international union leader.
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Rowan Cahill bucks conventional wisdom to argue the eight-hour day began in Sydney.
The OECD calls for more reform. But, Asks Neale Towart, who is really doing the calling?
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
How can unions grow and continue to successfully represent workers when their traditional structures are rooted in an industry, craft or fixed location?
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Unions are leading the fight against a political agenda that does away with smart jobs.
Health: No Place for the Young
The support of union members is required to help get young people out of nursing homes, writes Mark Robinson
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
February 17 marks 30-years to the day that sacked coal miners at the NSW Northern District Nymboida Colliery began their historic work-in at the mine.
Review: Dare to Win
The history of the militant and often controversial BLF is as surprising as it is fascinating writes Tim Brunero.
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
With another change at the helm of the Labor Party,
our resident bard, David Peetz, can't help but
dreamily drawing on some political history.
Plastic Man Crosses the Line
Taskforce Loses "Payback" Evidence
Court Out � Again
Blue Chips Fried in CBD
Bosses Duck Decapitation
Computer Driven Posties
Stalking Horses in Safety Stampede
Low Blow in Ferry Blue
Picketers Chase Millions
Whistleblower Beats Bullies
Mateship Shines Through
Queensland Marks Power Grab
Vale Laurie Aarons 1917-2005
There are book reviewers who have not read the book they have just reviewed and there are critics who have criticised films they have not yet seen. I want to review a novel that has not yet been written.
Labour and Labor
Grant Bellchamber looks at the relationship between both sides organised labour
Aussie Unions Help Tsunami Victims
The union movement�s aid agency reports back on its relief effort in Asia.
The Locker Room
Game, Set and Yawn
Phil Doyle asks if tennis is evil or just boring
Nelson's Double Standard
The Westie Wing
As a reshuffle of the State Ministry settles in and the Federal Government throws down the gauntlet, 2005 promises to be a new and vital chapter in the struggle for workers and their families, writes Ian West in Macquarie Street.
Morals Beat Hasty Retreat
Uncounted Cost Of Asbestos
Voting Farce Expands
I Beg To Differ
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Why We Need IR Reform
Our Tool Of The Week, Peter Costello, gives us 21 reasons why we need industrial relations reform
The smirkin' mirkin Peter Costello revealed his subtle intellect this week with a statement to the media that Industrial Relations "reform" was needed because otherwise interest rates would rise.
Here's 21 other equally credible reasons for IR "reform" from Peter Costello:
1. Without IR reform the curtains will fade
2. The current system causes the lawn to die
3. I left the current system in my other pants
4. The dog ate the current system
5. The new system has a nicer colour
6. Nine out of ten doctors can't be wrong
7. The current system will send you blind
8. IR reform will make the racehorses you pick run faster
9. Everyone else is doing it
10. We were playing with the old system and accidentally broke it
11. The voices in my head say that we need reform
12. It was on special
13. The car broke down
14. The current system is stuck on a South Coast train
15. It will make the young feel old and the old feel young
16. We came up with the idea during a drunken week on the Gold Coast
17. It was in the prophesies of Nostradamus
18. I'm just following orders
19. I got it off a bloke in a pub really cheap
20. Look, it's not you. It's me.
21. It's the only way I can get rid of Howard and take his job
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