|Issue No 87||10 March 2001|
Letters to the Editor
Still the Same
When I started working some 29 years ago those of us on "good" wages laughed at mates doing apprenticeships on 1st year rates. Once qualified they were the ones on higher wages. First year wages for many apprentices today is approximately $5.60 per hour before tax. Many 1st year apprentices today are in their 20's.
Many would not last as the extra cost of working places a big dint in their pay. An amount little more than the dole. Technology has affected all industries and todays kids are leaving school later. When I raised this at work while discussing the loss of another apprentice I was told it was none of my business as they come through an agency and then threatened with contracting out. Its reasuring to see somethings never change, bosses.
Interview: Working Woman
Cheryl Kernot on women in the workplace, Labor's male culture and where Meg went wrong.
Activists: Honouring Our Heroes
Anna Stewart changed the lives of Australian working families by helping women achieve balance between the competing demands of work and family.
Women: The Future is Female
Julia Gillard outlines the campaign to increase female representation within the Australian Labor Party.
Unions: Sweatshops Ė Beyond 2001
FairWear convenor Debbie Carstens looks over a unique partnership between churches and unions to end exploitation in the textile industry.
Politics: The Battle for Bennelong
Many trade unionists are working to kick John Howard out of office. But only one woman has a chance of kicking him out of his own seat. Meet Nicole Campbell.
International: Border Skirmishes
Alana Kerr travelled to Thailand to observe first hand the battle to organise Burmese women workers in exile.
History: Inside the Ladies Lounge
The McDonald sisters run Trades Hall, and have for over half a century. The building canít speak about what has gone on in that time, but Lorna and Elaine probably know it all.
Satire: Taliban to Put One Nation Last
The Parliamentary fate of Pauline Hansonís One Nation party was further obscured today as key fellow right-wing extremists moved to distance themselves from the controversial Queensland politician and the group she founded and leads.
Review: Seven Steps to Slavation
Jenny Macklin details the seven barriers that stand between women and a better working life.
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