Shut It Down!
The CFMEU’s legal bid to have the Cole Royal Commission closed down seeks to prove legally what any dispassionate observer has worked out for themselves: the whole show is biased.
Interview: Australian Worker
AWU national secretary Bill Shorten gives his take on the relationship between the wings of the movement
Unions: Morning Ambush
Rowan Cahill joined the Dayson workers as they took their fourteen week dispute to the doors of an American corproate giant
Cole-Watch: Grumpy Old Men
When the Cole Commission declared closed its second innings in Sydney last night, lasting memories centred around the hands played by two grumpy old men, Jim Marr reports.
International: Arrested (Sustainable) Development
Unions fronting up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development are making clear their views that development can never be considered sustainable unless social justice is made a top priority, reports Tara de Boehmler.
History: Illegal Alien
As we remember the shameful way we turned away a group of people escaping the horrors of a dictatorial regime, the treatment of Egon Kisch by the UAP Government in 1935 highlights yet another.
Economics: The Trouble With PPPs
The Uni of NSW's Christopher Shiel explains why the state's current flirtation with Public Private Partnerships is an ongoing joke
Poetry: Is This 'My Country'?
On the anniversary of the Tampa, and with the help of Dorothea Mackellar and Peter Dodds McCormick, Worker's Online travels back a year to contemplate those moments when eyes were closed to the nature of the Taliban regime.
Review: Garage Days
Mark Hebblewhite reviews a new Aussie flick that brings the indie music scene to the big screen
Bias Case Clears First Hurdle
Eight Weeks Only for Bomb Survivors
Justice At Last for Woodlawn Miners
Labor for Refugees Put Acid on Crean
Canberra Cash Linked to Hall of Fame Stoush
Osama Poster Sparks Controversy
Underwear Obsession Prompts Rehab List
Community Workers Win Lifeline
Mad Monk Staff in 'Mad Hatter' Protest
Qld Health Win Pay Rise
Education Forum To Spark Public Debate
Is Simon the Likeable?
The United Firefighter's Daryl Snow is back to give the ALP and political leaders in general an almighty hosing down
The Locker Room
A Modest Proposal
This NRL salary cap has come in for some debate recently, with many following the lead set by the Murdoch Media and calling for administrators of the game to throw the baby out with the bathwater, writes Phil Doyle.
Week in Review
They’re right funny critters those Yanks who get their hands on the levers of power and we’re not talking, funny ha ha, here, Jim Marr writes…
The Costello Two-Step
Treasurer Peter Costello's two faces were on display this week - ducking and weaving from enforcing corporate accounting standards while upping the push to cut corporate tax
Tony Moore is a Four Letter Word
Always Listen To The Wind
Bernadette Moloney & John Hartley report from a conference aimed at getting reconciliation right
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Mad Monk Staff in 'Mad Hatter' Protest
Staff from Tony Abbott's Workplace Relations department used the Australian Financial Review as a secret industrial weapon this week.
Sick of management spending more time in pay negotiations reading the Fin, the staff walked off the job and read the Tory rag themselves. The stunt got good attention, especially from a bemused AFR who didn't realize it was so useful to the workers.
According to Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) spokesperson James
Gardner, staff have had enough of DEWR management "dragging their feet" and are "turning up the heat" in their campaign for a better agreement.
"While the hats were a bit of fun, they also illustrated a serious concern about management's refusal to consider a different way forward," Gardner says.
Management's original bargaining proposal was formally rejected last month by a massive 90% of staff, one of the highest ever rejection of a public sector agreement.
"Management have barely changed their position since then. Which part of 'NO!' don't they understand?" says Gardner.
As well as increasing the 3.5% pay offer, staff also want DEWR to ensure the new agreement maintains access to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission for dispute resolution.
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