Fixing the WorkChoices Mess
While the Rights at Work campaign has galvanised opposition to the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, the debate about what sort of system should replace it is just hotting up.
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Macquarie Street and Canberra are squaring off over safety in the workplace, NSW Minister for Industrial relations, John Della Bosca, explains what's at stake.
Unions: Fighting Back
When John Howard's building industry enforcer started threatening people's homes, one couple hit the road. Jim Marr met them in Sydney.
Industrial: What Cowra Means
The ruling on the Cowra abattoir case highlights the implications of the new IR rules, according to John Howe and Jill Murray
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Howard Government hypocrisy is showcased in its climate change manoeuvring, Stuart Rosewarne writes:
Politics: Page Turner
A new book leaves no doubt about whether the faction came before the ego, Nathan Brown writes.
Economics: The State of Labour
The capacity of the state to shape the political economy and thus improve the social lives of the people must be reasserted, argues Geoff Dow.
International: Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions
History: Liberty in Spain
Worker Self-Management is good management. The proof in Spain was in Catalania, Andalusia and continues in the Basque Country, as Neale Towart explains.
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
Phil Doyle thought he'd find nostalgia, but instead Vulgar Press' new book, Maroon & Blue is a penetrating insight into the suburban mind under stress.
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Howard Stands By His Men
Wife Miscarries After Attack
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Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"
Love Me Slender
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.
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Wife Miscarries After Attack
One worker is dead, more than 200 have been injured and the wife of a construction worker has miscarried following attacks on striking workers by riot police.
Sub-contractors successfully called on the government to provide the police to attack construction workers in Pohang in Korea, who have been striking since July 1.
"The government has sent in thousands of riot police to not only stop the strike but also any demonstration the union coordinates even though it has gained legal permits to hold rallies and marches," says a spokesperson for the local Pohang construction workers union.
The union says police violence has resulted in serious injuries to several members and has caused a death and a miscarriage.
On August 1, 2006, Ha Jeun Keun, a 42 year old member of the Pohang local union died due to a sever beating he suffered by the riot police during a legal demonstration organized by the Korean Federation of Construction Unions.
Witnesses stated that the police repeatedly beat Ha Jeung Keun in the head with their metal shields.
On August 10, the union announced at a press conference the wife of one of the union members who was participating in a
sit-down demonstration miscarried as a result of violent confrontation with the riot police.
Despite the strike, which began on July 1, negotiations between the union and the sub contractors are still proceeding.
The union's main demands are a 15% increase in wages, five-day work week, and better working conditions.
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