A Call to Action
While there has been a lot of angst, anger and no shortage of tub-thumping over Simon Crean's push to cut union influence in the ALP, the end result of the Hawke-Wran review is that it is a call to action for unions to reclaim their party.
Interview: Save Our Souls
Labor's superannuation spokesman Nick Sherry expands on his recent discussion paper into the industry.
Unions: Rats With Wings
As the Cole Commission continues to sidestep safety, another Sydney building accident puts workers at risk this week, Jim Marr reports
Bad Boss: If The Boot Fits
Royal Commission favourite and S & B Industries top dog, Barbara Strong, carts off this week’s Bad Boss nomination.
History: Political Bower Birds
Rowan Cahill looks at a new resource detailing the fading history of the Communist Party of Australia
International: No More Business as Usual
Global unions are stepping up their campaign against corporate rip-offs
Corporate: The Seven Deadly Sins of Capitalism
Shann Turnbull outlines a new set of rules that should govern capital in the post-Enron environment
A backyard horror story has left funeral workers worrying about mooted changes to industry regulations, Jim Marr reports
Review: Prepare To Bend
If it’s a feel good flick that you want, Bend It Like Beckham is sure to satisfy on every level, writes Tara de Boehmler
Satire: Bush Boosts Sharemarket Confidence: Shares his Cocaine Stash
President Bush has rushed to re-establish confidence in the US market by distributing cocaine from his own Presidential stash to Wall Street.
Mainstream Media Vacates IR
Ten Click Walker 'Unfit for Work'
Unions Push for Baby Nest
Casino Workers Overtime Jackpot
Abbott’s Task Force “Rank Hypocrisy”
Shipping Policy Blamed for Reef Damage
Dropping The Ball On Training
Combet Pushes Consultative Vehicle
Maternity Leave for Pacific Workers
Hit List of Forced Closures
Magistrate Endorses Health and Safety Rights
Contracts a Thorn in Workers' Side
Fringe Success for Workers’ Pick
Workers on Film
Last issue we asked you for your ideas on a union film script to match Ken Loach's The Navigators. Here are the best responses.
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet argues that the Australian car industry needs a partnership between business and labour.
The Locker Room
Dogs And Underdogs
Phil Doyle explains why losers are half the equation in each and every sporting contest
Week in Review
Filfthy Rich and Claptrap
While Labor and the Democrats are tearing themselves to shreds, Little Lachie and Rich Ray address the main game …
Fraser No Workers' Hero
It was a week when the Prime Minister washed his hands despite mounting evidence that the corporate world is out of control.
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Contracts a Thorn in Workers' Side
Thorn Australia has coerced workers into signing AWAs, in contravention of one of the few protections in the Workplace Relations Act.
The revelations come hard on the heels of questions about OEA-endorsed AWAs which cost Virgin Mobile call centre workers as much as $4000 a head.
Unions are working for the striking down of bodgey individual contracts rubber-stamped by Tony Abbott's controversial Office of the Employment Advocate.
To sell AWAs to the electorate, Workplace Relations Minister Abbott said nobody would be forced onto individual contracts.
Australian Services Union secretary, Michael Want, said the Office of Employment Advocate had abandoned any pretence of looking after worker interests in the AWA process.
Employers have become so bold that, in a letter to employees, Thorn didn't even try to conceal its real intention.
"A pre-requisite of your employment is that you will be covered by an AWA," employees were told.
"Therefore, should you not wish to sign the agreement, your services will be terminated and you will be compensated for the period you have worked for Thorn."
Clause 5, of the AWA itself, reads: "This agreement was not entered into under duress by any party to it."
Labor Council has written to the OEA asking it to investiage Thorn's behaviour.
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