Lord of the Lobster Legs
It was probably only shame that prompted the Prime Minister to drag himself away from a $250 per head fundraiser to meet with a group of emergency workers in Wollongong this week. But, this in itself may be a development.
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.
Family Grieves an Enterprise Worker
All Quiet in Dandenong
Hotline Gets Wires Crossed
High Flyer Crashes Families
Bolt Strikes Lecturer
Good Heavens - Della Plays Santa
Maori Take Challenge to Canberra
Drips Fail Water Test
Hardie Shuts the Door
Hadgkiss Threatens Protesters
Army Fires Salvo
The Munro Doctrine
IR Sparks Emergency Call
Tassie Jobs Hit By Truck
Canberra Coy on Promised Statements
Inquiry to Speak No Evil
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
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Maori Take Challenge to Canberra
A demolition worker dudded out of entitlements has vowed to be in the front row of a mass haka planned to challenge Howard’s work laws.
Rawiri Iti will join 200 other Maori workers to perform the haka outside parliament house in Canberra in November as the politicians inside are debating the new work laws.
Iti, who joined his 21 brothers, sisters and cousins in travelling from the Hokianga Harbour area of New Zealand to Australia in search of work, is an employee of D3 Demolition, who folded owing $150,000 in entitlements.
"It will be an honour to be in the front line leading that haka," says Iti. "The laws they brought in in New Zealand in the 90's have split up families as they have had to leave to find work.
"Let's not have the same thing that happened in New Zealand happen here."
Iti estimates that 90% of the workforce of D3 Demolition is Maori.
Pickets have been set up outside D3 Demolition jobs at the ABC Technology Park at Gore Hill and at Coles Epping; where there are fears the site is contaminated with asbestos.
"New Zealand workers, and in particular Maori workers, were more the victims in the 1990's anti-union legislation very similar to that being proposed by the Howard Government," says NSW secretary of the CFMEU, Andrew Ferguson.
Maori from other unions will join CFMEU members outside parliament house on November 2 for the mass haka.
Maori wanting to join the haka can contact Steve Keenan on 0410 559261.
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