Category: Workplace Relations

The Price of 9/11

By Joseph Stiglitz

The September 11, 2001, terror attacks by Al Qaeda were meant to harm the United States, and they did, but in ways that Osama bin Laden probably never imagined. President George W. Bush’s response to the attacks compromised America’s basic principles, undermined its economy, and weakened its security.

The attack on Afghanistan that followed the 9/11 attacks was understandable, but the subsequent invasion of Iraq was entirely unconnected to Al Qaeda – as much as Bush tried to establish a link. That war of choice quickly became very expensive – orders of magnitude beyond the $60 billion claimed at the beginning – as colossal incompetence met dishonest misrepresentation.

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100 days of Barry O’Fail.

By: John Robertson

Premier O’Farrell has spent his first 100 days in Government doing everything he said he wouldn’t – attacking worker rights, proposing retrospective legislation and avoiding independent scrutiny.

Opposition Leader John Robertson marked the Government’s first 100 days at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with nurses whose wages and conditions are under threat from the Premier’s unprecedented workplace laws.

“It has been 100 days of failures from the O’Farrell Government,” Opposition Leader John Robertson said.

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The Five Smartest US Congressional Bills You’ve Never Heard Of

by Ryan Rafaty

During any given Congressional term, literally thousands of proposals never make it past the committee stage of the legislative process. In recent years, less than 5 percent of all bills introduced ultimately became law. The scope of proposals in Congress garnering considerable media attention is similarly narrow. The pieces of legislation that attract the most publicity from the beltway media—like Paul Ryan’s radically unpopular plan to scrap Medicare—tend to drown out more sensible ideas that hardly stand any chance of enactment without public pressure on lawmakers to move the agenda forward.

But behind the smoke screen of the news cycle, there are several genuinely excellent pieces of legislation that remain more or less entirely shrouded from public view. The bills below are among the more progressive efforts underway in our 112th Congress, with sponsors and co-sponsors representing both sides of the aisle. They warrant far greater attention than they’re getting.

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The Need for a UN Mechanism to Enforce International Labour Law Standards

 

 

by Hugh McDermott

 

Globalisation is an important and vital element of the new world economy.  Not only does it allow companies to access competitively priced labour markets, it redistributes employment opportunities and can provide significant economic benefits to workers in emerging markets.

Offshore outsourcing which began in the 1990s is now the norm in most manufacturing companies. However, advances in internet technology is triggering a rise in offshoring white collar positions at a level never seen before. Companies like Virtual Employee and People in the Cloud offer skilled labour across a wide range of business functions in developing countries at competitive prices. This is opening up new labour markets for companies in developed economies and new opportunities for educated workers in developing nations.

In this climate, the role of the International Labor Organisation (ILO) in promoting labour rights is more relevant than ever before.

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