From Green House to Glass House
History tells us that towards the end of most reigns of power the regime stops listening to the people, stops talking to them and reverts to crushes dissent. Events this week suggest this is where the Howard Government is now.
Interview: Common Ground
Nature Conservation Council director Cate Faehrmann on the fight against global warming and how unions and greens can learn from each other.
Industrial: A Low Act
The Low Paid. The Fair Pay Commission knows who pays them. We can do something about it as they will not.
Unions: The Number of the Least
Forget 666 - 457 is looming as the scariest number for Aussie workers and their families, Jim Marr writes.
Politics: The Smoking Gun
Hayek's henchman, Raplph Harris, goes to free market heaven, writes Evan Jones
Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
They are supposed to ensure the wealth of well-being of individuals. Whats wrong with that? asks Neale Towart
Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, wrties Neal Towart
History: The Art of Social Justice
Tom Martin was a terrific cartoonist and part of a great tradition in labour movement history and culture, swrties Neale Towart.
Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
It pays the bills – usually – but going to work should come with a warning, wrties Jackie Woods.
Culture: A Forgotten Poet
There is little information on the public record about the radical working class poet Ernest Antony, writes Rowan Cahill.
Godfrey Hirst Carpets Workers
Lies, Damned Lies and the Shirkin' Gherkin
Guests Share Backpay Bonanza
Win, Win for Filipinos
Honey, They Shrunk Our Pay
No Sex Thanks, We're Asian
Green Jobs to Beat Climate Change
They're Going Out The Door
Medibank Staff Go Under Knife
Thompson Slams Door on Delo
Merchant Bankers Pull Entitlements Stroke
Green the New Black
Councils Fight Off Shoring
Robbo Goes Green
John Robertson's speech to the Walk Against Warming
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at a former public institution and its contribution to NSW.
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Councils Fight Off Shoring
NSW Councils have put banks on notice about their off shoring plans warning them that it could cost them local government business.
As banks lined up to announce billion dollar profits this week, the Local Government Association passed a resolution calling on banks to maintain Australian jobs.
"This decision gives councils the power to take a leadership role in protecting Australian jobs and the security of personal information of Australians," FSU ACT-NSW state secretary Geoff Derrick says.
"Local Government has shown its support for communities by passing this resolution and giving preference to banks that do not send Australian jobs overseas.
"Given all local shires and municipalities are significant users of banking services, this resolution carries real weight with banks considering off-shoring.
"It will also allow them to set an example for other tiers of government about how the targeted use of government purchasing decisions can deliver a fairer outcome for the community."
The resolution was brought forward by Canada Bay City Council, where Westpac is considering outsourcing up to 500 jobs at their Concord West Service Centre.
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