It is one of the great mysteries of Australian politics that the Prime Minister has managed to emerge unscathed from one of the most profound geo-political misadventures since history was first recorded.
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.
Howard Amps Up Repression
Andrews on the Fiddle
Robbo Flags Mobile Holidays
Shop Group Maroons Kids
BHP Confronts Chilean Resistance
The Thin Yellow Line
Safety Goes to the Dogs
Pollies Wings Clipped By Junket Ban
Technicians Win Action Ballot
Academics Take Contract Lessons
Hardie, Ha, Ha - Directors Laughing
Amcor Sends Hundreds Packing
Warren Goes to Ground
Activist's What's On!
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle plays by the rules
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.
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BHP Confronts Chilean Resistance
Thirteen billion dollar resources giant BHP Billiton is taking on a group of workers who defied fascist dictator, Augusto Pinochet.
The Anglo Australian company refused to talk to striking workers at Chile's Escondida copper mine until the country's Socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, intervened, last week.
The mine's 2000 unionised employees - 97 percent of the workforce at the world's largest copper mine - had been on strike for a fortnight when Bachelet sent her Labour Minister north.
Immediately after discussion with Santiago's representative, BHP upped its wage offer from three to four percent, along with a $16,000 a head sweetener.
Earlier, BHP Billiton had refused to talk to the miners' union because, it claimed, a blockade, in support of their action, was "illegal".
Miners in the country's north developed a reputation for militant resistance after Chile's democratically-elected government was toppled by a US-backed military coup in 1973.
Bolstered by Washington and Britain's Margaret Thatcher, the Pinochet regime used murder and torture to suppress democracy and put Chile on an extremist economic course.
Last week's record, $13 billion BHP profit announcement is also being tainted by revelations at the inquiry into the rorting of the UN's oil for food program in Iraq.
BHP Billiton has been linked to AWB efforts to bribe former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein.
In Australia, the company runs a strong anti-union line.
BHP Billiton led the field in using AWAs to try to deunionise its workplaces
It's hardline industrial policies were fingered by an independent safety inquiry following deaths at three of its Pilbara sites in 2004.
Perth solicitor Mark Ritter, found those policies were a "factor which has impacted and continues to impact on the successful implementation of safety systems"
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