By Alison Delit NEWCASTLE — Workers at Rio Tinto's Mt Thorley mine went on strike on January 21 in response to a proposed new enterprise bargaining agreement which breaks award conditions. The main change in the proposed agreement is a move from
By Mark Cronin BRISBANE — A trial date of May 12 has been set by the Brisbane Magistrates Court for 17 activists arrested at Canungra Land Warfare Centre on December 7, the 22nd anniversary of the invasion of East Timor by Indonesia. All 17
NTEU members save unionist's job By Tim Gooden CANBERRA — The president of the Australian National University branch of the National Tertiary Education and Industry Union, Dr Doug Kelly, has had his forced redundancy withdrawn after NTEU
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — The Queensland branch of the Transport Workers Union is challenging a court threat to two union delegates who have been charged under the federal Workplace Relations Act of alleged breaches of "freedom of association".
By Rupen Savoulian SYDNEY — The Labor Party's national conference in Hobart has approved plans to build an airport at Badgerys Creek in Sydney's western suburbs. No debate or discussion on the proposed airport preceded the conference decision.
By Russell Pickering CANBERRA — As the February 21 ACT election approaches, there is a real possibility that another minority government will be elected. A recent independent poll has found that minor parties and independents will do well, and
By Rebecca Meckleberg A judgment handed down by the full bench of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) on December 23 strips conditions from the hospitality industry award. The decision cuts a swathe through the hospitality award.
By Alex Bainbridge and Jon Lamb HOBART — Demonstrators demanding "No Uranium mining" greeted delegates attending the ALP national conference here on January 20. The action was called when activists learned the ALP was to debate a policy calling
AMSTERDAM — Greenpeace on January 13 released a confidential French government memo which reveals plans by the plutonium industry to again ship high-level nuclear waste from France to Japan. For the first time the waste will be taken through the
Profits take priority over planet By Norm Dixon In early December, the rulers of the richest capitalist countries had the opportunity to set aside their self-interest and economic rivalry and agree to cuts in greenhouse gas emissions large
By Maurice Sibelle MELBOURNE — While most people in the community were preparing for the Christmas break, the Victorian minister for vocational education, Phil Honeywood, announced the greatest shake-up of Victoria's TAFE system in 20 years.
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Queensland ALP leader Peter Beattie has urged the Labor Party not to adopt a "heart-on-the-sleeve" approach to the native title issue at the party's national conference in Hobart, as Premier Rob Borbidge gears up for an