Claims the new IR laws will close the gender pay gap and strengthen equal pay laws are welcome. But, as Mary Merkenich and Sarah Hathway argue, the laws will divide workers and weaken the Better Off Overall Test.
About 60 people took part in a funeral for trees, forests and animals lost due to destruction caused by the North East Link project. Mary Merkenich reports.
The rising cost of living and the strain on public services mean Labor must junk its support for the Coalition's stage 3 tax cut policy, argues Mary Merkenich.
The crisis in public education will not be solved by pitting teachers against each other or outsourcing responsibility for graduates' jobs. Mary Merkenich argues for greater funding for smaller classes and more teachers on fair wages.
Where do we draw the line when deciding who has an “unfair” advantage in elite sports, asks Mary Merkenich?
A significant number of members are leaving the Australian Education Union because it failed to wage a strong campaign for workload relief and fair salaries, argues Mary Merkenich.
Mary Merkenich reviews Maree Roberts’ entertaining novel about Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s sister Olga Kameneva.
Doncaster resident Barry Watson used freedom-of-information laws to obtain an audit about canopy tree loss caused by the early works for the North East Link tollway project. He spoke to Green Left about this and more.
Mary Merkenich reports on the findings of an Australian Education Union survey of education workers that said workload remained a major issue.
After almost six weeks on strike, United Workers Union members at McCormick have accepted a new offer from the company, which includes retaining all conditions and a pay rise. Mary Merkenich reports.
Systemic sexism and harassment at work is made easier because of the material inequalities women face, including the gender pay gap, write Chloe de Silva and Mary Merkenich.
Anti-tollway activists are disappointed that the Greens councillors seem to have accepted the North East Link is a fait accompli, writes Mary Merkenich.
By designating Houthi rebels as terrorists, the United States is worsening Yemen's humanitarian crisis and undermining efforts to negotiate peace, writes Mary Merkenich.
Mary Merkenich writes that the long-standing sexist practice of covering up bad behaviour enables it to continue.
Cock fighting and dog fighting were regarded as legitimate sports, but are now rightly seen as cruel and barbaric. Horse racing should also be banned, argues Mary Merkenich.
For weary parents and restless students, the staged return to school in Melbourne is a welcome relief. But teachers, such as Daryl Croke, Mary Merkenich, Beth Muldoon and Carlene Wilson are warning about the risk of COVID-19 transmission in densely-packed classrooms.