Interview: In The Tent
The Australian Services Union's Martin Foley on the dilemma facing trade unions affiliated to the Labor Party.
Bad Boss: The Desk Nazi
Everyone’s mail is on the money this week. Yep, Australia Post, courtesy of the born-to-rule attitude so beloved by the Workplace Relations Minister has been nominated for the Tony Award.
Media: Hold the Presses
The withdrawal of mainstream news outlets from the reporting of industrial relations is playing right into the bosses' hands, writes Andrew Casey
Workplace: Putting Bullies In Their Place
Ever wonder where the schoolyard bullies from your formative years ended up? Chances are they are still making someone’s life hell in an Australian workplace today. Even worse, one of them might be your direct supervisor.
Industrial: Women and Work
The last fortnight may well prove a turning point for working Australian women and their families, argues ACTU President Sharan Burrow
International: Whine and Dine
The political and industrial wings of British labour are at each other's throats, reports Andrew Casey.
History: Black Adder
Old King Cole had good tutors. Roger Milliss captured the style of conservative government witch-hunts in Serpent’s Tooth, his cathartic apology to his father, Bruce.
Review: Bad Movie
While the search for Australia's worst boss is well underway, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company seems to point the finger squarely at the US Government - albeit accidentally.
Poetry: I Remember
Dermott Ryder knocks our Resident Bard off his podium this week with a little ditty about a bloke called Honest John
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Builder Blows Whistle on Kangaroo Court
A western Sydney builder who refused to sign a concocted witness statement has labelled the Cole Commission into the building and construction industry a “Kangaroo Court”.
John, who refused to give his surname because “I am only 41 and want to keep working in this industry” said he was approached by two Cole Commission investigators and asked to give a statement about his dealings with the CFMEU. [full story]
Alarm Over Unis in Detention
The involvement of the Australian Technology Network of Universities in a bid to take over the running of Australia's immigration detention centres has raised alarm amongst academics.
The National Tertiary Education Union is concerned that the ATN would join with the controversial Danish owned correctional Services Corporation Group 4 Falck in its bid to take on the detention centre contract.
Unions Spark New Super Push
Compulsory superannuation contributions need to be increased to 15% of salary to ensure adequate retirement incomes for most Australian workers, according to the ACTU.
ACTU secretary Greg Combet says the increase in employer contributions from 8% to 9% from the start of this month provides a good base to build on to ensure reasonable incomes for all retired employees in the future. [full story]
Abbott Trips on Entitlements - Again
Tony Abbott’s election-driven concern for worker entitlements has been shown up by his own Department of Workplace Relations.
While Abbott was asking big business how it thought entitlements could best be protected, his department was arguing in court that 17 former employees of a collapsed company should not be paid redundancy over unsecured creditors. [full story]
Picnic Day for Union Members Only
NSW local government workers will have to show they are union members before being granted access to the Union Picnic Day award entitlements.
The Municipal Employees Union and the Local Government and Shires Association have agreed to put the members only clause to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. [full story]
Memo: John Travolta - Come Fly With Us!
Qantas' newest recruit, Hollywood actor John Travolta, has been offered honorary union membership and invited to join the campaign for better wages and conditions currently underway at the airline.
Australian Services Union members in Qantas attempted to present Travolta with an enterprise bargaining campaign T-Shirt and an invitation to join Qantas' largest union when he appeared in Sydney this week as part of a Qantas promotional tour. [full story]
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The Royal Circus
CFMEU organiser Terry Kesby gives a first hand account of his experience before the Cole Royal Commission.
The Locker Room
Bravely Running Away
Phil Doyle is bewildered by the Australian Cricket team’s reluctance to join John Howard’s War On Terror.
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
As the world market lurches under the weight of its own amorality, regulators and business lobbies are locking horns over the need for more rules.
Week in Review
A Share of the Action
Sharemarket jitters produce mea culpas from the magnate set but, as Jim Marr discovers, loyal followers in the Howard administration aren’t likely to join the chorus any time soon.