Looking for the Light
As Labor searches for its Light on the Hill at last a senior Labor figure has come out and said it: the main game for the ALP should not be about shedding union involvement but making the movement – and that involvement - stronger.
Interview: Packing a Punch
Former Hawke and Keating Minister Gary Punch injects some sanity into the debate over unions and the ALP
Bad Boss: Basher Takes Back Passage
A new contender for our Bad Boss has emerged as 140 Stegbar workers confront a boofhead with bad attitude, writes Jim Marr
Unions: Five Star Shafting
What is twenty three years of unbroken, fulltime service worth? Eight weeks, according to Tony Abbott, the Federal Government and the cheapskates who run Sydney’s posh Hilton Hotel.
Economics: TINA – Rest In Peace
Sydney University’s Frank Stilwell argues that the ‘There is No Alternative’ school of economics should be consigned to the dustbin of history
International: Against Bush's "War on Terrorism"
Washington has become the first State Labor Council in the U.S. to call on the AFL-CIO to seek repeal of the USA Patriot Act and oppose the Bush Administration, reports Fred Hyde.
Environment: Saving the World
After a ten-day talkfest, are we any closer to saving the world, asks Nick Lucchinelli
History: A Radical Scribe
John Shields loks at the life of Lloyd Ross' brother, Edgar, and his work as a journalist and activist in Broken Hill
Poetry: With A Little Help From My Friend
Even oil giant BP Australasia came out and supported the Kyoto Protocol - but that was not enough for our beloved Prime Minister.
Satire: Colonel Gaddafi Promotes Himself to General
After years of ribbing by his Axis of Evil peers, General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran and General Than Shwe of Burma, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has finally promoted himself to General.
Review: Workplace Dictatorship
Award-winning journalist Barbara Ehrenreich went undercover in low-wage America to see how people live on six bucks an hour. And what did she find? They can’t.
Cole Comfort: I’m Not Biased
Grassroots Drives Safety Campaign
Deloittes Curry Favour on Sub-Continent
Ansett Workers Short-Changed
Rail Workers Buck Individual Contract Wage Bribe
Carr to Drive Hilton Deal?
Bush Regenerators Weed Out Dodgy Deal
Insurers in Redfern Rort
Hairdresser Wins Fight For Wage Justice
Cabin Crews Argue for ‘Safety in Numbers’
‘Slave Labour’ In Insurance Industry
Westie Fires Up Over Durries
Beattie Plods into Risky Territory
Sydney to Host Social Forum
Ian West on Suncorp Metway
NSW MLC Ian West lifts the lid on moves to impose 'start before you start' clauses in the insurance industry
The Locker Room
Terrible Terry and the Nice Guy from Fitzroy
As the debate over the new coach hots up, Phil Doyle believes that all is not as it seems on the good ship Swan.
Week in Review
War on Terror
Next Wednesday, September 11, marks the anniversary of one of the most brutal acts of terrorism in modern history. Jim Marr’s picking it will pass by virtually un-noticed
The corporate world is holding back the waves of accountability with a crackdown on trusts rubbished and resistance to a new plan to increase corporate disclosure.
Collex Decision is Terrible
All In the Family?
Labor Council’s Alison Peters went looking for a family friendly workplace and got caught in a cheesy smokescreen.
Charity Begins At Home
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Ansett Workers Short-Changed
John Howard’s Government is rorting millions out of air travelers whilst denying Ansett workers $400 million in owed entitlements.
The ACTU has revealed the Federal Government’s eight week cap on redundancy payments has seen ex-Ansett staff short-changed by an average $25,000 a head.
Meanwhile, it continues to slug travellers $10 a ticket on the pretext, according to section seven of its Air Passenger Ticket Levy Collection Tax, of meeting "the cost of payments by the Commonwealth under the Special Employee Entitlements Scheme for Ansett group employees".
The Howard Government is blocking full payment of worker entitlements by clawing back $300 million from company administrators before outstanding entitlements are paid.
The news follows this week's confirmation that former Ansett chief executive Gary Toomey received a $3.5 million payout after the airline was placed in administration last September.
"The government is blocking the full payment of outstanding entitlements to former Ansett workers and misleading the travelling public, who are paying an estimated $10 million a month in air ticket levies for Ansett staff," ACTU president Sharan Burrow said.
Ms Burrow said most former Ansett employees were struggling financially. On average, they had been owed 42 weeks in redundancy payments, but Government's cap had carved 34 weeks out of that entitlement.
Meanwhile, the Air New Zealand annual report reveals that just months before its subsidiary crashed, executives were awarded options over 6.5 million shares.
This came on top of $24.7 million in reported payouts to senior staff, including the Toomey golden handshake.
Shortly after the collapse, in the face of public anger, cabinet ministers Peter Costello and John Anderson, flagged legal action against those responsible for the failure.
This year ASIC closed the book on the Ansett sage without launching a single prosecution. Under Howard's law, it seems, the only ones to be penalised will be the short-changed workers.
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