Two Wings Flapping
The one element missing from the current debate about the relationship between the labour movement and the ALP is any discussion about what's in it for the unions.
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
Builder Blows Whistle on Kangaroo Court
Alarm Over Unis in Detention
Unions Spark New Super Push
Abbott Trips on Entitlements - Again
Picnic Day for Union Members Only
Memo: John Travolta - Come Fly With Us!
Cole Comfort to Bodgey Builders
Unions Eye SA Casuals Victory
Burrow: Paid Mat Leave Just First Step
Mayne Warning – But Will They Listen?
Drought Relief Should Extend To Rural Workers
Coca Cola Action Bubbles Globally
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
Make My Week!
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.
Hooray for Frank!
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Unions Eye SA Casuals Victory
NSW unions are mounting a campaign to build on victories for casual workers contained in a full bench decision of the South Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
The original South Australian ruling said that after 12 months continuous service casual workers should be regarded as permanent employees, conferring greater job security, access to unfair dismissal procedures, holiday and sick leave.
The decision, applying to the heavily-casualised, female-intensive Clerks Award provoked a storm of employer protest and an inevitable appeal to the full bench.
Labour Council assistant deputy secretary, Alison Peters, conceded the appeal decision had watered down the "absolute right" contained in the original but argued it remained "a significant victory for security of employment".
The full bench gave employers the right to refuse to convert the status of regular casuals who sought permanency. But, importantly, it imposed on them the responsibility of providing reasons that could be defended before a tribunal.
"The onus of defeating the intention still rests with the employer," Peters explained. "The core decision still says that, in normal circumstances, a casual worker desiring to be made permanent should have that right."
"In effect, over a whole industry, the tribunal is saying casualisation is being abused. People are being treated as casual workers when they shouldn't be."
Labor Council is calling together affiliates to plan a strategy which can build on the success achieved by the ASU in South Australia.
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