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
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Constituents Don’t Trust Andrews
More than 80 percent of public servants in Kevin Andrews own electorate doubt he will deliver “fair” workplaces for all Australians, according to polling.
A CPSU telephone poll of members in the Melbourne electorate of Menzies uncovered deep concern over what their local member was up to.
The telephone survey revealed 91 percent of respondents were "concerned" at the treatment of Andrews' own staff, who are being denied access to the independent umpire.
Ninety two percent expressed concern at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations policy of forcing new starters onto Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs).
Eighty three percent said they were "not confident" Andrews' radical rewrite of workplace rules would deliver fair workplaces.
The results came as frustrated CPSU members in the department launched another round of strikes against stone-walling on their enterprise bargaining agreement.
Staff have been involved in negotiations with the agency for 12 months. During that time, DEWR has adopted a policy forcing new starters onto secret individual contracts, outside the collective agreement.
The CPSU says the last round of negotiations brought an improved pay offer but members are opposed to management's insistence that they ditch their right to take workplace disputes before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
"On May 26, the Prime Min8ister told Parliament the future focus of the AIRC would be on resolving disputes. We can't understand why his Minister is trying to deny that to his own staff.
"If DEWR was fair dinkum about reaching an agreement, it could happen immediately," CPSU spokesperson, Lisa Newman, said.
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