Chickens Come Home
For anyone who believes in karma, the events of the summer show how bad Australia's is right now.
Unions: Winning the Heartland
John Robertson unveils new research on attitudes to refugees and argues it's time for unions to mount their own propaganda war.
Interview: Swan's Song
Federal ALP front-bencher Wayne Swan expands on his ideas for rebuilding the Party in the wake of the Tampa election.
Corporate: Lessons from Enron
Jim Marr looks at the shock-waves the collapse of a US corporate heavy-weight are having around the globe.
Politics: What We Did Last Summer
We look back over a summer when it all went pear-shaped. Some events, at home and abroad, look set to have ongoing ramifications.
History: Solidarity in Song
Mark Gregory looks back on the annals of labour songs and offers some hints for those planning a tilt at the Labor Council's worker anthem comp.
International: A Tale of Two Cities
New York and Port Alegre are poles apart – but they both played host to important conferences on the future of globalisation over the summer.
Poetry: Nobody Told Me
Labour academic David Peetz commits the Prime Minister's current woes to verse.
Review: Labor and the Rings
Tolkien’s epic tale provides a timely reminder that that there are forces of good and evil in the world – and that they are not necessarily where we expect to find them, writes Michael Gadiel.
Satire: Rafter Named Bermudan Of The Year For Tax Purposes
Australian of the Year Pat Rafter was last night also named Bermudan of the Year, in a simple ceremony held in Bermuda's Parliament.
Unions' Commit to Battle for Hearts
Carr on Notice - Expectations Up
Mad Monk Sides With Angels … Briefly
Maritime Union Acts on Spy Scandal
May Day Play-Off for Workers' Anthem
Burmese Links Shroud Winter Olympics
New Phone Venture One.Tel In Drag
Two Million Face Rights Downgrade
Enron Collapse Hits Share-Owner Agenda
Corrrigan Snaps Up Rail Bargain
Kinko Clowns With Workers' Rights
MPs Face Security Checks
Telstra's Tragic Delays Of Its Own Making
Burrow Puts Case to World Economic Forum
Shangri La Protests Hit Melbourne
Chinks in the Armour
The ACTU's Michael Crosby argues that Mark Latham's attack on the Labor for Refugees movement is the betrayal of Party values.
The Locker Room
Off-side in Korea?
With the World Cup set to kick off in a matter of months, South Korea's treatment of unions is under the microscope.
Week in Review
In Whose Interests?
Cloak and Dagger
In the first of what will be a regular column, we place the week's labour news into a nutshell.
'International Labour's Year in Review' - A Re-View
Collins Gets Cryptic
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Kinko Clowns With Workers' Rights
US-owned copy chain Kinko's is under fire for obstructing the rights of workers to organise, and even dictating the type of music they listen to.
The AMWU Printing Division turned the spotlight on Kinko's after it stopped some workers attending workplace union meetings and threatened
disciplinary action against those who did.
As part of the crackdown, Kinko's distributed a policy on 'The Solicitation and Distribution of Non-Company materials' handed down by its US parent company.
The policy forbids workers:
- speaking to their delegate during work time
- reading or distributing union material at work
- speaking to fellow workers about the union or anything not authorised by the company
- attending union meetings in the workplace
- putting up notices that haven't been vetted by the company
- having unauthorised printed matter on the premises.
The policy would stop workers collecting or seeking support for bushfire victims, cancer research or school and community bodies.
The policy also places restrictions on radio stations allowed on site, restricting listeners to "customer-appropriate stations" defined as CNN, easy listening and all-news broadcasters.
Breach of the policy is grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal.
"This policy is over the top," the AMWU's Mark West says. "What we want the company to do is to sit down and negotiate a sensible policy with workers."
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