A Fistful of Dollars
And so the great political debate of our time has become who gets the money and how quickly they can pocket it – the Howard Government’s latest application of the base art of wedge politics.
Interview: Fortress NSW
NSW IR Minister John Della Bosca on how to win the battle for workers rights - and save the state system.
Unions: Fashions Afield
With new anti-sweatshop creations being paraded at this year's Australian Fashion Week, is equity the new black and are sweatshops the new fur? asks Tara de Boehmler.
Industrial: Pay Dirt
John Burgess argues that the flow-on effect from changing the minimum wage could be more than we bargained for.
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: Big Day Out
Neale Towart looks back on the events that created the May Day heritage.
International: Making History
Hundreds of aid organisations, charities, trade unions and religious groups have formed a global alliance called “ Make Poverty History”.
Economics: The Fear Factor
The solution to skill shortages is intelligent planning, argues John Spoehr
Review: The Robots Revolt
New kids flick Robot uses our electronic friends to teach audiences that inbuilt obsolescence is just a state of mind, writes Tara de Boehmler
Poetry: The Corporation's Power
The idea of a corporations power that could cure any ill has inspired our resident bard, David Peetz, to verse.
Bikies Needle Heroines
Bosses Play China Card
Giant Collapses on Ankle
NAB Cuts More Than Jobs
Left Footers Kick Back
Oh Brother, Tim Plays House
WA on the Block
Patrick Fails to Hide Asbestos
Budget Hits Civil Rights
Combet Launches Shark Attack
Childcare Wage Grows Up
US To Drain More Aussie Brains
Dictators Beg Eric To Stop
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson delivered the annual May Day Toast - and warned it is no time to be comfortable and relaxed.
The Locker Room
A Rucking Good Time
Phil Doyle reveals many things, some of them useful
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, is back to regale us with inside goss and intrigue from the Bearpit.
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Dictators Beg Eric To Stop
Thousands of email message s supporting a gaoled Eritrean trade union leaders have promoted pleas from the regime for Labourstart’s Eric Less to end his online campaign.
In a missive sent this week, Lee writes:
"48 hours ago we asked you to send off messages in support of imprisoned trade union leaders in Eritrea.
"Your response has been fantastic. Thousands of messages have been pouring in -- at one point, we were hitting 200 messages per hour.
"Many of those messages have been re-sent by fax to Eritrean embassies around the world, prompting one official in the Oslo embassy to phone up LabourStart and demand that we stop sending them.
"What do you think? Should we leave these poor government officials
alone? I don't think so. I think we should turn up the pressure!
"Let's flood them with thousands more messages and keep up the pressure until Ghebremedhin, Andezion and Weldemicael are released."
To add your weight to the protest go to: http://www.labourstart.org/eritrea
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