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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

There is, as the conventional wisdom has it, no point throwing good money after bad. Hence the understandable decision of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) to devote its electoral fighting fund to helping the Senate campaign of the Greens …

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Unions, Labor and Greens embrace web platform with GOP ties

Left-wing political parties and organisations are using LA-based NationBuilder website platforms, but concerns have been raised that the company has a right-wing agenda in the US.

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Unions to strike: ACTU plots ‘aerial war’ over insecure work

The labour movement is preparing to unleash a serious campaign against the vagaries of insecure work. ACTU president Ged Kearney talks to Crikey about tactics in an election year.

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$600b in voting rights wasted, now unions rally on super funds

The local labour movement is becoming increasingly bullish about how its members’ superannuation money is invested. What happens if more unions start putting their money where their mouths are?

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Too little, too late by the ACTU

The ACTU certainly took its time to wake up to the damage being done to the whole trade union movement

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The no man’s land that is the Thomson saga

Welcome to the no man’s land that is the Craig Thomson saga, a story that has already taken up way too much space in the nation’s political consciousness,

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Delegitimising unions in the great game of labour v capital

As voters become more estranged from corporations and economic reform, neither labour nor capital is responding effectively to the sentiment.

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Grog's Gamut | BOOKS|

Grog: Could the real Paul Howes please stand up?

So-called “faceless” union man Paul Howes has bold visions for the future of the ALP, but sadly you won’t find them in his new book, writes Greg Jericho at Grog’s Gamut.

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So… just why do we need IR reform again?

We’re told time and again that we need more IR reform. But no one ever says why.

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Hey liberals, muscle-up

Rather than lamenting the lies told by many in the mainstream media, progressive groups need to follow the ACTU’s lead and start investing in the tools of public policy debate. Bernard Keane weighs in.

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Business Spectator | FEDERAL|

The lonely island of centrism

There’s a game of push me-pull me being played in Canberra this week, with the ACTU trying to pull the ALP back to the Left, while Liberal MPs attempt to drag the party back to the right, says Rob Burgess.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

The inner workings of Sharan Burrow

ACTU president Sharan Burrow has just been announced as secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. How did a female teacher rise up so high in the blokey world of union politics? Ben Schneiders.

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Health Services Union in controversial merger

ALP National President Michael Williamson has launched an audacious bid for full-spectrum control of the troubled Health Services Union, creating an eastern states conglomerate and dissolving the Victorian branches.

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The Australian | ECONOMY|

Colless: Tony, don’t be afraid of the big bad union

A new media campaign by ACTU called “Don’t Go Back To WorkChoices” is an unfair and untruthful attack on Tony Abbott. The Libsneed to offer a suitable IR alternative since Rudd’s policies are collapsing, writes Malcolm Colless.

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NSW|

NSW ALP rank-and-file told to commit political suicide

On Thursday last week, the NSW Left voted against one of its defining tenets, namely the support of rank-and-file preselections, writes Prue Believer.

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Thoughts after an Association of Superannuation Funds Australia lunch

If the Government raise compulsory super contributions from 9% to 12%, it will simply subsidise higher income earners’ retirement by foregoing taxes at a ridiculously high level and overtaxing those on lower incomes.

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ABC | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Is Jetstar propping up Burma’s dictatorship?

Jetstar has come under fire for running flights into Burma, with critics claiming the airport fees and money the airline brings into the country are helping fund Burma’s repressive military junta.

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No Bandidos clubhouse in Bligh’s backyard?

Anna Bligh worries about new Bandidos clubhouses and further Fairfax subscription woes. Plus, who is rumoured to play Steve Irwin in the new telemovie titled Crikey?

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The Australian | UNCATEGORIZED|

Unions win some lose some at Ruddfest 09

Ruddfest 09 delivered “good outcomes” for unions, with entitlements for workers of collapsed companies. But workplaces will not become more “union friendly”.

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ACTU bites its tongue, retreats to attic

What trade-off has the ACTU received for biting its tongue about the building industry? So far, just some half hearted words of encouragement about ‘buying Australian’.

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Gillard’s ACTU spray a centrist triumph

Julia Gillard’s speech at the ACTU Congress yesterday a display of raw executive power, writes Bernard Keane.

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PM plays a dangerous game of bluff

Labour looks like its told the unions what for, but will that translate into votes? And finally, some good economic news.

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Hypocrisy of swine flu treatment

Crikey readers chat swine flu, digital radio and the ACTU.

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ACTU’s rebranding strategy undermined from within

The ACTU’s “growth and campaign” revitalisation plan, the bare bones of which were leaked by dissident unions to the AFR on Monday, could end in tears,.

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Unions trade member interests for seats and influence

The revelations over the ABCC do little to explain the broader labour movement’s continuing counter-productive closeness to its lackeys in the ALP.

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