Thatís Our Team
Hereís a test. Hands up all those who watched the news last night. Who can remember the weather forecast for tomorrow? What about the forecast in Perth?
Evan Thornley was a labour activist. Then he rode the tech wave. Now he's home with new ideas on how Labor can win the economic debate.
Workplace: Dirt Cheap
In her new book, Elizabeth Wynhausen learns how hard it is to live on the minimum wage.
Industrial: Daddy Doesnít Live With Us Anymore
Andreia Viegasí tells the story of the loss her young family has felt since her husband was killed at work, and the need for justice for families who fall victim to industrial manslaughter.
Economics: Who's Afraid of the BCA?
Big Business's agenda for Australia has gone from loopy to mainstream at the speed of light, writes Neale Towart
International: From the Wreckage
Working people across Iraq are struggling to build their own independent unions Ė and are successfully organising industrial action on the vital oil fields as well as in hotels, transport outlets and factories, Writes Andrew Casey
Politics: Infrastructure Blues
With much attention given belatedly to the shortage of infrastructure, little attention has been given to the structure of infrastructure, writes Evan Jones
History: Meat and Three Veg
A new book recounts the impact of the Depression on women workers, writes Neale Towart,
Savings: 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, writes Jim Marr.
Politics: Popping the 'E-Word'
Federal shadow treasurer Wayne Swan unveils Labor's new economic doctrine.
Poetry: To Know Somebody
This week saw an appointment to the ABC Board that was even more breathtaking than that of Liberal Party figure Michael Kroger. Resident Bard David Peetz celebrates the occasion with a reworking of an old Bee Gees hit.
Review: Off the Rails
A new play on the impact of rail privatisation in Britain has a poignant message for Sydney commuters, writes Alex Mitchell
Rev Kev: Innocent Shall Be Guilty
Itís Official - Taskforce "Hopeless"
Hollywood For Tropfest Evictees
Miner Problem for Feds
Students Driven to Sleep
Brogden Dances On Graves
Let Them Drink Beer
Traffic Fines Parked
The Airline That Flew a Kite
Hundreds Resist Porridge
Experts Back Better Childcare Pay
Mushroom Mums Win
Rotten Fruit Exposed
Workers Sue Rumsfeld
Activistís Whatís On
The Big Picture
Think about this: It takes 150 tonnes of iron ore to buy a plasma TV, writes Doug Cameron.
The Locker Room
Reducto Ad Absurdo
Phil Doyle offers advice for the lovelorn, and finds that things are getting smaller
Work is In
The rise and fall of the working hours debate in france is relevent to Australian workers, writes Daniel Donahoo and Tim Martyn
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP surveys the upcoming conservative centralist collective attack.
Stay Terra Firma on Tax
Postcard from Harvard
Australian union officials making the annual pilgrimage to the Harvard Trade Union Program learnt that, at least, they are not alone, says Natalie Bradbury.
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Experts Back Better Childcare Pay
Early childhood experts are backing a campaign by childcare workers for new classifications that could see pay rises of more than $100 a week.
Professor Jennifer Sumsion, Co-ordinator of Research at the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University, has told a pay equity case that the childcare workers play a significant role in modern Australia.
"The need for their expertise and specialist skills cannot be overestimated," says Dr Sumsion. "The numerous decisions, judgements and choices that early childhood staff must make in their daily work have far reaching implications for children's development, learning and well-being.
"[They] must also demonstrate professional qualities that extend far beyond the qualities that uninformed commentators commonly assume and or assert are sufficient to provide adequate care for children."
The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) has lodged a claim for new classifications for childcare workers before the NSW Industrial Commission.
The LHMU says the childcare pay equity case will drag pay and conditions for the state's 15,000 childcare professionals out of the 1960s.
"The union is trying to build a new classification structure based on the needs of a 21st century profession which could see pay increases of more than $100 a week," says NSW LHMU president, Jim Lloyd. "Childcare workers - many with certificate and diploma training - have historically been undervalued.
"A growing number of industry professionals are joining the union. It is unfortunate that we have not been able to win over the NSW employers to work in a partnership with our members, their employees, to deliver quality standards based on community expectations.
The NSW LHMU is attempting to boost wages in a sector where workers are paid as low as $12 an hour.
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