The Struggle Continues
While the romantic image of May Day may be one of international struggle to establish a workers paradise, the reality is far more pragmatic and practical.
Interview: If The Commission Pleases
President Lance Wright marks the NSW Industrial Relations Commission's centenary with an exclusive interview with Workers Online.
History: Protest and Celebrate
Neale Towart scours the globe to discover the spirit of May Day online � the celebration of the eight-hour day.
Unions: A Novel Approach
A union office has been transformed into a library thanks to efforts to provide books for children in detention centres, reports Jim Marr.
Industrial: Hare Tony, Hare Tony
Close your eyes and the Mad Monk sounds like a Hare Krishna, but increasingly the world is tuning out from his mantra about IR reform, writes Noel Hester.
International: Never Forget Jenin
Trade unionist Sari Kassis argues the word 'Jenin' now defines Palestinian demands for justice.
Politics: Left Right Out In France
The results of the first round vote for the French presidency have led to mass protests and calls for national unity, Paul Howes reports.
Health: Delivering A Public Health Revolution
Zoe Reynolds travelled to Cuba to discover how Australians are backing a ground-breaking child health project.
Review: The Secret Life of U(nion)s
Tara de Boehmler stumbles upon a juicy trade union sub-plot in the popular GenX TV drama.
Poetry: May Day, May Day
Rapper Swarmy G is one of the finalists in our workers anthem comp with this ode to May Day.
Shonky Bosses Get Contract Brush
Kirby Bouquet for Equal Pay
Deep Pocket Syndrome Stalks IRC
Court Decision Threatens Thousands Of Jobs
Safety Summit to Set Accident Targets
Detention Centre Vets Song Lyrics
Fat Sheep Dip Into Workers Pockets
Government Con Drives SA Vehicle Blue
Dead Worker�s Family Calls for Safety Crime Laws
Netball Mum Bounces Back
Aussie Agency Backs War Crimes Call
Thumbs-up For Union Immigration Role
May Day Rundown
DOCS Worker Assaulted In Courthouse
Queensland Unions Move on Youth Exploitation
A Humane Under-Belly
Presenting the annual Kingsley Laffer Lecture, Justice Michael Kirby argues that international human rights underpin Australian industrial law.
The Locker Room
The Hidden Culture of Indigenous Football
Brian McCoy argues that indigenous footballers do not just bring thier skills to the game, they bring their culture as well.
Of Shares and Options
It was a week when Rio Tinto faced its shareholders, Ford faced a backlash and a bid to cap US executive salaries failed.
Week in Review
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Jim Marr wonders what the ANZACs would have said about our current treatment of the homeless and needy.
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Kirby Bouquet for Equal Pay
High Court judge Michael Kirby cites NSW treatment of equal pay as a ground-breaking application of human rights principles into industrial law.
Delivering the annual Kingsley Laffer lecture at the University of Sydney, Justice Kirby said the NSW Industrial Relation Commission's reasoning in establishing the Equal Remuneration Principle was "founded squarely on a human rights approach".
"I am aware of no more explicit recognition by an industrial tribunal in Australia of the significance of international human rights norms for Australian industrial relations law and practice," Justice Kirby said.
Speaking to a packed audience, Justice Kirby argued that international human rights principles, through ILO conventions, were increasingly underpinning Australian workplace law.
Pay Equity Spreads North
Meanwhile, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has accepted the pay equity principle, opening the way for the first pay equity cases in that state.
The principle accepted by the Commission directly reflects the Queensland Council of Union's application, based on recommendations announced last year, following the Pay Equity Inquiry conducted by QIRC Commissioner G.K Fisher. The principle will be operative on 1 May 2002.
"We anticipate the first Queensland pay equity case to begin by the end of the year for Queensland dental assistants," QCU state secretary Grace Grace says.
"Hopefully this case will have similar results to the recent NSW librarian pay equity case which saw a 26% increase granted to librarians."
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