The Hijacking of May Day
Unionists watching the shambolic and violent affair that was the M1 protest could be forgiven for wondering what has become of the traditional workers' day?
Interview: Youth Group
Federal Labor's youngest frontbencher, Nicola Roxon, on how the ALP can win back the hearts and minds of the young.
History: Back To The Future
As building unions put old animosity aside, Neale Towart looks at the history of the 'demarc' - and the steps taken to avoid them.
Industrial: On the Street
Jim Marr looks at the human cost of Treasurer Peter Costello's refusal to fund a pay rise for community workers.
Unions: The New Deal
Adam Kerslake outlines the importance of the ground-breaking pact between unions in the building and civil construction industries.
Legal: The Police State Road
Rowan Cahill argues that the Howard Government's new anti-terror laws carries echoes of a more sinister past.
Women: What Women Want
When 300 ALP women from around Australia converged on Canberra for the National Labor Women’s Conference they had more than quotas on thier minds, Alison Peters reports.
Politics: Street Party
Paul Howes looks at how May Day was celebrated around the Globe by those involved in trade unions and those who are not.
International: The Costs of War
Ariel Sharon is facing growing pressure from Israeli unions over the conduct of his war on Palestine, reports Andrew Casey.
Review: Songs of Solidarity
It had rock, grunge, pop and rap. The May Day union anthem song contest had everything, including an element of surprise thanks to competition winner Swarmy G.
Satire: Bono Satisfies World Hunger for Preachy Rockstars
U2’s lead singer Bono has launched a daring solo mission to end the world’s hunger for rock stars who use their high profiles to crap on self-righteously about charitable causes.
Divide and rule, that age old tactic...the lips of defence personnel inexcusably sewn to dehumanise an imaginary threat, the lives of asylum seekers incomprehensively dehumanised so as to defend a threatening image.
Yarra Seamen Take Border Stand
War on Terror Targets Unions
Year Zero for Building Unions
Kinkos Copies Anti-Union Script
Nike Told to Shoosh on Sweatshops
Rapper Wins Wobbly Anthem Prize
Technicians Take Aim At Canon
Unions Target Labour Hire Bidding War
Rally Targets Tight-Arse Costello
Councils To Be Audited On Language Allowance
Scope For Payback In Privacy Limitations
Heavyweight Push For Medibank Private To Stay Public
What About Dad? - TWU
East Timor MPs Question Timor Gap Plan
Artists' Union Bans Voice For Peace
Maurie on May Day
PSA supremo Maurie O'Sullivan had them in the palms of his hands when he delivered the traditional May Day Toast.
The Locker Room
Most of life is six to five against. That is, unless you know a Packer or a Waterhouse. Phil Doyle expands.
Show Me The Money!
It may be May Day - but life in the banking industry has never been sweeter - unless you're in the gambling caper.
Week in Review
Two Bob Each Way
The double standards of modern life have left Jim Marr scratching his head.
Doctors in the Bush
Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has blockaded himself into the Tool Shed this week for opening Australia's borders up to flag of convenience ships with Third World crews.
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Unions Target Labour Hire Bidding War
The use of labour hire to undercut full-time wages and conditions would be outlawed through a landmark test case announced by the NSW Labor Council.
The test case would establish award wages and conditions for workers employed by labour hire companies.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the Test Case would aim to prevent labour hire workers undercutting the wages and conditions of employees of the host company.
"The award would guarantee that a labour hire worker would not receive wages and conditions less than those provided to workers employed in the enterprise in which they are placed," Robertson says.
"Unions recognise that there is a legitimate role for labour hire in enterprises where labour demands may ebb and flow," he says. "But labour hire should not be used as a sly way of reducing wages and conditions that workers are entitled to receive."
Robertson says legitimate labour hire employers have also accepted that there needs to be regulation to prevent the exploitative practices of some of the bottom-feeders."
Unions decided to move on the claim through the Industrial Relations Commission because they were frustrated at the delays the Carr Government had taken in implementing the recommendations of its inquiry into the labour hire industry.
"There has been no movement on this issue on the political front, so we have decided to take the issue on industrially," Robertson says.
Labor Council deputy assistant secretary Chris Christodoulou would be convening a meeting with employers in the coming weeks to finalise the draft award.
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