Howard’s Secret War
There are two wars being waged against Australian workers right now.
Interview: Under Fire
Michael Crosby outlines his agenda to save the movement – and explains why Australians have nothing to fear from the SEIU.
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Wal King, Allan Moss, Roger Corbett, Chip Goodyear, Michael Chaney and David Murray have lots in common, writes Jim Marr.
Labour lawyer Clive Thompson argues the changes to IR are fundamentally at odds with the national tradition of consesensus.
Economics: The Common Wealth
As the policy wonks debate the future of our cities, Neale Towart mounts a simple argument: It’s the real people in a society, stupid
History: Walking for Justice
The Eight Hour Day, a very Australian celebration, had its origins in New Zealand it seems, writes Neale Towart.
International: Deja Vu
A group of trade unions have walked away from America's peak council, again. Labourstart's Eric Lee was there.
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Terror laws have sparked a fresh debate on a Bill of Rights - and workers have a bigger stake than ever before, writes Rachael Osman-Chin.
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Russell trades the phone for mitts in an inspiring cinematic slug-fest. Nathan Brown is ringside
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
Mel Cheal asks who Howard thinks he is kidding to the tune of the ‘Dad’s Army’ theme song.
Call Centre Dials Up Future
Greenfields Become Cotton Fields
PM Endorses Billy Boy Tactics
Stats Go Missing
Paper Tiger in Protection Racket
Thugs Are Go!
Usual Suspects Bite Employers
Pay Boss Opposed Living Wage
Tele Enlists Boss’ Family
Entitlements Go AWAy
State Employees in Limbo
Activist’s What’s On!
No Place For A Woman!
Doreen Borrow spoke to the Public Service Association’s women’s conference in September about her experiences of working life that span seven decades.
North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.
The Locker Room
In which Whatsisname slams the recent poor form of Thingummyjig.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West MLC, gets all casual in his latest missive from the Bear Pit.
Hooray for Robots
Good Guy Done Bad
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Letters to the Editor
The idea was planted long ago for IR reforms, yet working Australia were never really consulted. This deal has obviously been the brainstorm of the coalition and business groups. Here is an extract from Malcolm Farr's article in the Daily Telegraph:
A senior minister said the Government had been waiting four years to pass the Trade Practices legislation and about the same time on the student union measures.
However, he said, if the industrial relations legislation were halted by Senator Joyce there would be serious consequences for the Nationals.
Prime Minister John Howard said Government MPs would discuss the floor crossing "in a totally civilised fashion ˆ I'm not going to go into the details of that".
The PM and business leaders have taken it upon themselves to dictate what is good for our economic future - in the words similar to J.F.K 'ask not what business can do for you, but ask what you can do for business'.
I am sure this is not how the PM would phrase it, and I'm not sure Barnaby will hold up under the pressure.
John McPhilbin, NSW
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