The Perfect Storm
The mayhem and misery engulfing New Orleans and its surrounds is more than a human tragedy of mammoth proportions, it is the product of a convergence of events that could shift our worldview every bit as much as the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Interview: Polar Eclipse
Academic David McKnight challenges some sacred cows in his new book "Beyond Left and Right".
Industrial: Wrong Turn
Radical labour reform is on the horizon but some workers, like Sydney bus driver Yvonne Carson, have seen it all before, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Star Support
It wasn't just families who backed workers' rights at The Last Weekend, but a bunch of musicians who set the tone, writes Chrissy Layton.
Workplace: Checked Out
Glenda Kwek asks you to consider the plight of the retail worker, and shares some of her experiences
Economics: Sold Out
The Future Fund and industrial relations reform are favourite projects of the PM and the Treasurer. Both are speculations on the future and the only guarantee with them is that you will be worse off, writes Neale Towart.
Politics: Green Banned
The impact of new building industry laws won’t be confined to one industry, writes CFMEU national secretary John Sutton.
History: Potted History
Lithgow is a place with a proud history as a union town. The origins of broader community solidarity lie in the early industrial development of the town and the development of unions. The Lithgow Pottery dispute of 1890 was a key event.
International: Curtain Call
The curtains have opened for East Timor’s young theatre performers, thanks to a Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA project.
Review: Little Fish
At last! An Aussie film with substance, suspense and a serious dose of reality, writes Lucy Muirhead
Poetry: Slug A Worker
In a shock development, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave a ringing endorsement to the poetry pages of Workers Online, writes resident bard David Peetz.
Telstra Cuts Off Sick Mum
CFMEU Pulls $3M Bank Job
Life Imitates Ad
Equal Pay Unlawful
AWA Threatens Kids
Howard’s Porky Exposed
STOP PRESS: Bank Pinged
Thongs Flap Into IR War
Dad Sacked Over Safety Fears
News Leader in Advertising Stink
PM’s Spin Hit for Six
Daffy Ducks Dud Deal
Combet Stars At Rooty Hill
Vanstone Backs Ciggie Salaries for Detainees
Flicking the Super Switch
Activists What's On!
New Senator Stephen Fielding turned a few heads with his Maiden Speech to Parliament.
The Locker Room
The New World Order
Phil Doyle declares himself unavailable for the fifth and deciding test.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, reports from the NSW Government's Safety Summit
On The Bus
A bright orange bus travelling the state has become the focus of the campaign against federal IR changes. Nathan Brown was on board.
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Life Imitates Ad
The ACTU ad rubbished by John Howard has come true in real life for a Sydney mother of two.
Trainee bus driver Tracey Carpenter was sacked after State Transit refused to alter her rosters so she could look after her kids, aged two and four.
Carpenter's hours of 12.30pm to 7.30pm created difficulty in securing child care, and private arrangements could not always be made, meaning she had to take time off work.
Carpenter told Kingsgrove Depot management 12 months ago of her situation, in the hope they could help her, but they refused.
"There are 450 drivers at Kingsgrove Depot," says Raul Boanza from the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU). "It would have been shit easy.
"For 12 months she wasn't being assisted in any way."
When Carpenter completed her traineeship she was presented with a letter from management dumping her from State Transit, citing absences because of her children.
"Everything else on her record is perfect," says Boanza, who took up the matter with Kingsgrove Depot managers. "The absences are genuine and well documented.
"They told us when we met with them that they couldn't be satisfied that she could keep her family issues under control."
After meeting with Carpenter's union representatives State Transit management said they would reconsider her position if she could provide "documentation' to show that her family situation would not impact on her work.
"We are not bargaining over this issue," says Boanza. "She has the right to go back to work.
"State Transit has failed her on legal and moral grounds.
The RTBU will take the matter to the Human Rights Commission, claiming discrimination against Carpenter on marital and family grounds.
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