Hit and Myth
John Howard came to power on the back of a myth about the sort of Australia we had once been; now he is creating a new myth about the sort of Australia we want to become.
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.
Sign or You're Gone
Unions Back a Winner
Howard Chases Nurses
Victims Champ Joins Resistance
Red and Green Blue
Usual Suspects Lead Cheer Squad
Ugly Australian On Charges
Aussies Longer and Harder
Guard Attached, Then Sacked
Doh – Homero Loses Voice
Bunbury Families Win Payouts
Double Standards For Dads
Libs Back 'Illegal' Rally
TAFE Teaches A Lesson On Winning
Activist’s What’s On!
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
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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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Doh – Homero Loses Voice
Homer and Marge Simpson have been gagged in Mexico while their employer shops around for cheap non-union replacements.
After 15 years on the job, the performers who provide voiceovers for Mexican screenings of The Simpsons have been locked out and told the dubbing company is seeking cheaper actors.
Humberto Velez, who plays Homer and his colleague Nancy Mackenzie (Marge) were receiving less than fifty Australian dollars per episode for their efforts, with no repeat or residual fees.
Velez said it was important the union received support in standing up to an employer, that wants to pay non-union performers just half the current rate.
The Simpsons actors began taking strike action, picketing and blocking entry to non-union replacements earlier this year when contract negotiations broke down between their union and the dubbing agency.
"The only thing we know how to do is act. But we will never let people that aren't interested in agreements take away our rights for their own benefit," Velez told BBC News. "How am I supposed to take care of my kids?"
The Mexican Union of Performers says the dubbing agency is breaking provisions of an agreement which requires it to use union labour.
A government arbitrator has been appointed to help try to resolve the dispute.
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