Lest We Forget
Just four days separate Anzac Day and the International Day of Mourning for Deaths at Work, but in the eyes of our leaders the gap could be 100 years.
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Labor's Penny Wong has the job of getting more people into the workplace and keeping companies honest. In her spare time ....
Unions: State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson unveils the annual survey of attitudes of workers to their jobs, thier lives and the union.
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Jim Marr unpacks the unlikely claim of a suburban house to be considered the New Mecca of the New Right Ö
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Chris White looks at how the federal industrial changes will impact on the basic right to strike.
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Neale Towart asks why the only form of legitmate welfare seems to be going to the top end of town.
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Zoe Reynolds looks at how drug and alcohol testing is leading to some addled outcomes.
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
As the indicators head south, Frank Stilwell wonders whether it is the way we do economics that is to blame.
History: Politics In The Pubs
Phil Doyle reports on the increasingly-popular Struggles, Scabs and Schooners day out.
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Doing their best Margaret and David, Tara de Boehmler and Tim Brunero have different takes on the new Australian flick Three Dollars.
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
Workers Online bard David Peetz teaches how workers to dance to Howard's industrial laws.
Employers Desecrate Graves
Blackadder Bones Boss
Tights Fail In Flight
Dick Tracy Booted In Blacktown
Cops Not Fashion Victims
Picnic On for Working Families
Skinny Pay Starves Weight Watchers
Banks Get Work For Free
Aged Care Workers Off Their Feet
Cleaners Clean Up
VSU Bad for Business
Unions Urge Fair Go For Timorese
Activistís Whatís On!
Notes From a Laneway
Mental Health Workers Alliance member Toby Raeburn shares a week on the frontline.
The Locker Room
War, Plus The Shooting
The Socceroos arenít their own worst enemy after all, or so says Phil Doyle
Life Imitates Art
The jokes have been around for some time about the economic rationalist's approach to the orchestra, writes Evan Jones.
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes the secret passage out of Macquarie Street to deliver his take on NSW Parliamentary Committees and other goings on.
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Aged Care Workers Off Their Feet
Staff shortages are so acute in some nursing homes that a single working is caring for 70 old Australians.
The Health Services Union released results of survey finding 82 per cent of people believed the Federal Government should set minimum staffing levels that no facility should go below.
HSU members working in Victoria and Tasmania were part of the group that gave evidence to the Senate inquiry hearing in Melbourne.
They told senators of the impact of staffing shortages on both themselves and the residents that they care for.
Alicia Anset and Bill Jacobs both told the committee that often staff were forced to work unpaid overtime or through their breaks to fill out the paperwork required in the facility because there were not enough staff.
HSU national secretary Craig Thomson says staff shortages are so bad it was not uncommon for one staff member to be left looking after more than 70 residents at night.
The Health Services Union is the union in aged care with members working in NSW, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
Thomson also told senators that there was overwhelming public support for the introduction of minimum staffing levels into aged care facilities.
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