Globalisation drags up all sorts of contradictions, none the least the attitude of nation states to international law, as show by events in Australia this week.
Interview: Public Defender
The CPSU's Stephen Jones has confronted the Howard Government's IR agenda at close quarters.
Legal: Craig's Story
An inquest in western NSW is a cautionary tale of the use of AWAs, writes Ian Latham
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
The WorkChoice legislation sends Australia down the wrong economic road by smashing the instittutions that have made it strong, argues Greg Combet.
The Howard Government has shown itself to be the master of illusion, writes Dr Anthony Forsyth
Politics: Queue Jumping
The changes to industrial laws, betray a new vision of Australian society, writes James Gallaway.
History: Iron Heel
Conservative governments using laws to take away basic civil rights. It's nothing new, writes Rowan Cahill
Economics: Waging War
When was the last time you heard an Australian politician talk about incomes policy, asks Matt Thistlethwaite
International: Under Pressure
The push for UN intervention in Burma is intensifying, following a report by Vaclav Havel and Bishop Desmond Tutu into slave labour.
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
More and more people are meeting Billy, the hero of page 15 of the WorkChoices booklet, including our resident bard, David Peetz
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
Nick Cave's "Australian western" touches on some themes still relevant today, Julianne Taverner writes.
Senators Back Rorters' Charter
Families Last in WorkChoices
Howard Loses Poll Position
Printers Stamp on Low Paid
Tough Men Back CFMEU
Kiwis Fly into Starbucks
Vale John Ducker
Iemma Drives Hardie Bargain
Memberships on the increase
Uni Union Shown The Door
In a Flap Over Flu
Job Cuts Threaten CBA's Bottom Line
Blackouts as Bosses Cut Deep
Activist's What's On!
Men and Women of Australia
What makes a perfect speech? Michael Fullilove has scoured Australian history to find out.
The Locker Room
The Hungry Years
Phil Doyle gets the feeling we’ve been here before
From Little Things
Paul Kelly's song about the battle for land rights misses one important character, writes Graham Ring
Demonise the Laws
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at Public Private Partnerships, and wonders if we should all just drink rum…
Name and Shame
Unite and Fight
The Worker's Best Friend
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Memberships on the increase
Union membership is increasing, and, depending on who you listen to, may be surging, as Australians respond to the Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation.
Anecdotal evidence from Unions in Victoria and New South Wales was backed up last week by a Roy Morgan poll that shows Union membership nationally may have jumped by as much as 33 per cent.
The poll, conducted by Roy Morgan in October, found that 24 per cent of respondents to a telephone poll declared themselves union members. Nationally, this represents a figure of almost 2.5 million Australians, compared with 1.8 million who declared themselves union members in August 2004 in an Australian Bureau of Statistics survey.
The Morgan polling confirms a strong reaction to WorkChoices, endorsing union claims that their numbers have been boosted by strong reactions against the proposed legislation.
NUW Victorian secretary, Martin Pakula, said his branch had experienced 10 months of consecutive membership growth with 1000 extra members joining in the past six months. Membership, he reported, was now at record levels.
Danielle O'Brien membership supervisor in NSW reports that "John Howard is the NUW latest star recruiter because the NSW branch has also recorded a significant increase in recent months".
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