If the mountain of pre-publicity is indicative of its content, the Latham Diaries will read a little bit like a sausage cookbook; full of grisley details about the makings of something we would rather take on face value.
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 wonít 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 Timorís 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.
Flexibility - Bush Rates Slashed
Seamen Marooned on Tassie
Families Win Refuge in Tamworth
Catholics Nail Andrews' Heresy
IR Changes a Beach
Drama Queen Applies Gloss
Peace a Security Threat
OEA Flicks Fraud Case
Auto Workers Drive Union Win
Bush Adds Insult to Injuries
Job Vandals Cash In
Lib Heads Witch Hunt
Sydney Water Damned
Super Blue Warms Up
Activist's 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
Dinosaurs Bite Back
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.
Do the Bus Stop
A Touch of Honesty
Boss Made Me Sick
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Dinosaurs Bite Back
This week NUW members at National Parts at Smithfield earned a substantial win in wages (an average increase of 22% over 18 months), wage parity and union recognition.
This win, like many others gained by NUW members was achieved by courage, a belief in the union and industrial action.
Yes, that's right, industrial action.
Those two words are often met with derision by some in the labour movement. Why, I have heard with my own ears certain influential union officials refer to anyone contemplating industrial action as "dinosaurs".
Well, this week NUW "dinosaurs" put the bite on a selfish and harsh boss and the boss came off second best.
Industrial action is said to be an "old solution". I prefer to say "traditional and proven". Time and time again this tradition and proven strategy works.
The issues facing workers in 2005 are described by some as "new" problems. I refute that. Problems facing workers today are as old as the hills. Bad bosses are nothing new, nor are bad governments or bad political leaders.
In light of what Howard wants to do to Australian workers, I say let us learn from workers such as those at National Parts whose courage, belief and willingness to fight won the day.
If the whole labour movement leadership had the guts of those workers we would have nothing to fear.
National Union of Workers (NSW Branch)
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