The Heart of the Matter
Senators Steve Fielding and Barnaby Joyce are right to quibble over the futures of Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Interview: Battle Stations
Opposition leader Kim Beazley says he's ready to fight for workers right. But come July 1, he'll have to be fighting by different rules.
Unions: The Workers, United
It was a group of rank and filers who took centre stage when workers rallied in Sydney's Town Hall, writes Jim Marr.
Politics: The Lost Weekend
The ALP had a hot date, they had arranged to meet on the Town Hall steps, and Phil Doyle was there.
Industrial: Truth or Dare
Seventeen ivory towered academics upset those who know what is best for us last week.
History: A Class Act
After reading a new book on class in Australia, Neale Towart is left wondering if it is possible to tie the term down.
Economics: The Numbers Game
Political economist Frank Stilwell offers a beginners guide to understanding budgets
International: Blonde Ambition
Sweden can be an inspiration to labour movements the world over, as it has had community unionism for over 100 years, creating a vibrant caring society, rather than a "productive" lean economy.
Training: The Trade Off
Next time you go looking for a skilled tradesman and can’t find one, blame an economist, writes John Sutton.
Review: Bore of the Worlds
An invincible enemy has people turning against one another as they fight for survival – its not just an eerie view of John Howard’s ideal workplace, writes Nathan Brown.
Poetry: The Beaters Medley
In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.
Carr Fingers Feds
Boeing Scabs Take Flight
Billion Dollar Blow Hards
Door Closes on Foot Soldier
Andrews Ropes In Footy
Gooooood Morning Sydney!
Posties Bite Back
Choice Myth Busted Again
Dumb and DEWR
Combet: Business Can't Be Trusted
Telstra Burns Bush
Detective on Death Site
States of Disunity
A Turbulent Decade
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ‘The Nine Myths of Modern Unionism’
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle trawls the murky depths of tawdry sleaze, and discovers Rugby is behind it all.
To Hew The Coal That Lies Below
Phil Doyle reviews Australia's first coal mining novel, Black Diamonds and Dust.
Don’t take your Gunns to town
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
Poetry in motion
Losing the faith
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Telstra Burns Bush
An admission by a senior Telstra executive that maintaining phone services in the bush after privatisation would be “unsustainable” was a “saying what is the reality” according to a union representing the telco’s employees.
Telstra's head of regulatory affairs, Kate McKenzie says the funding for the universal service obligation - an industry funded regulatory safety net that makes a standard telephone service and payphones reasonably accessible to all Australians - was not adequate to cover the cost of what needed to be done.
"In the longer term, it's not sustainable".
McKenzie also said the regulatory framework that guaranteed services to the bush was starting to crack under pressure.
"The Nationals can complain all they like but this is what privatisation is all about," says Colin Cooper, president of the communications division of the CEPU. "This exact problem has been coming up for 20 years and people have been in denial about it."
Cooper accused the Federal government of concentrating on privatisation rather than regulation.
Record Profit As Jobs Axed
The revelations came as the Australian Stock Exchange announced a record net profit of $165 million for the last financial year.
At the same time the ASE announced that 61 jobs would be axed from the organisation.
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