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For those of us on the left of politics it’s been a week where there is more joy in thinking global rather than focussing on the local.
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.
Abrasive Giant Pinged on Sackings
Offshoring Good for CV: Qantas
Records of Convenience
Construction Lives Going Cheap
Suncorp in Dee Why Denial
States Fall to Unions
Bisshop Looking for Converts
Guestworkers Off the Menu
AAPT Hangs Up on Country Jobs
Super Funds Fight Telstra Perks
Taxing Times for Compo Cheat
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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AAPT Hangs Up on Country Jobs
AAPT has broken its promise on regional jobs, announcing it will slash over 600 jobs from call centres in Queensland and Victoria as it consolidates operations in Sydney.
Bendigo will be worst hit, losing 380 jobs by December next year. Two hundred jobs will be lost from a Gold Coast call centre and a further 60 will be cut from Brisbane.
AAPT's parent company Telecom New Zealand, is itself in the midst of a job-cutting frenzy with 1000 jobs being hacked out its New Zealand operation.
AAPT has operated in Bendigo for five years and has vigorously promoted its support of the Victorian regional town.
Just last year chief executive Jon Stretch committed to telco to staying in Bendigo until 2012; and Bendigo manager Rod Caldow recently stated AAPT was a "true local business".
Community and Public Sector Union official Louise Persse said the Bendigo workers were shocked as they'd recently been assured the centre would remain open.
"They are pretty distressed in these regional locations, it's difficult to get other work. It's a real kick in the guts for these people," she said.
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