The past fortnight has seen the sort of upheaval in NSW that reminds us all that politics is a very tenuous game with few certainties and even fewer rules.
Interview: On Holiday
Historian Richard White looks back on the Aussie vacation - and finds a way of life is under threat.,
Unions: One Day Longer
Nathan Brown travels to the Boeing picket line and find a group of workers with a steely determination to stick together.
Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Jim Marr plays the Howard Government's industrial relations spin job on its merits.
Politics: Spun Out
Canberra’s latest campaign underlines the need for controls over government advertising, according to Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham
Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
Evan Jones explains how the way we purchase alcolohol reflects the type of economy we live in.
History: Taking a Stand
Neale Towart looks at two books that chronicle how to build community support against social injustice.
International: The Split
Amanda Tattersal outsider's account of an insider's shake-out at the AFL-CIO Convention 2005
Legal: Pushing the Friendship
George Williams argues that the federal government’s constitutional powers are not sufficient to enact a comprehensive national industrial relations scheme
Poetry: Simple Subtractions
The latest blitz of taxpayer-funded advertising has revealed a crisis of arithmetic in government ranks has moved resident bard David Peetz to prose.
Review: Sydney Trashed
Sydney band SC Trash are on a mission to give new life to folk and country music – and the politics of common sense. Nathan Brown had a beer with them
Carmen's Boss No Fun Guy
Discriminating Centrelink on Charges
Uproar Over Holiday Plans
Do The Bus Stop
Taxpayers to Fund Advertising Orgy
Get Up Stands Up
Andrews Provokes Showdown
Thousands in Super Rort
Constituents Don’t Trust Andrews
Skill Shortage Fabricated
Yanks Short Change Tradesmen
Howard Steamroller Hits Building Sites
CFMEU Bans Ferguson
Activists Whats On!
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, goes away for a couple of weeks and look what happens…
The Last Weekend
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson's speech to the Last Weekend - how the Howard government laws will undermine the Ausrtalian way of life.
The Locker Room
A Concept Is Born
In which Phil Doyle helps the proponents of the vision thing across the road.
Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions
Back To The Past
During his recent stay in London IEU industrial officer John Shapiro was living only a few hundred metres from the site of one of the bomb blasts.
AFL-CIO Not The Only War
We Love Morris
A Readers Suggestion
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Skill Shortage Fabricated
An Ipswich fabricator seeks cut-price foreign welders for its factory – must be willing to work $70 per week below the market rate.
The engineering company has gone to the Philippines to look for 10 welders, claiming they cannot find the workers in Australia.
But the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union's Peter Lees has revealed this is because they are paying $19.20 per hour, while other companies in more convenient locations are paying between $20.50 and $22 per hour.
"Bradken has admitted to the AMWU during wage negotiations it is seeking a competitive advantage over other companies through these reduced wage rates," says the AMWU's Peter Lees.
"There are plenty of Australian tradespeople who would work for Bradken if it paid market rates.
"Only this week the AMWU learnt of a young Ipswich welder who applied for a job at Bradken about a month ago, but has not even received a response from the company."
Employees at the Ipswich site are threatening to walk out if they bring in foreign labour at reduced rates.
Lees said Bradken only had itself to blame.
"They've benefited from the resource boom but want to maintain the rates they paid before the boom," Lees said.
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