Wrong Way, Go Back
The weekend machinations over the structure of the ALP are in danger of missing the fundamental point: Laborís current malaise is caused not be an excess of core values but through a deficit.
Interview: The Wet One
NSW Opposition industrial relations spokesman Michael Gallacher stakes out his relationship with the union movement.
Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Virgin Mobile is sexy and funky, right? Well, only if those terms have become synonyms for dictatorial or downright mean.
Unions: Demolition Derby
Tony Abbott likens industrial relations to warfare and, like a good general should, he is about to shift his point of attack Ė from building sites to car plants, reports Jim Marr.
Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
For the powerful, consumerism equals freedom, and is all the freedom we need, writes James Goodman
Politics: American Jihad
Letís get real. The origins of modern Islamic terrorist groups are in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Langley, Virginia not Baghdad, argues Noel Hester.
Health: Secret Country
Oral history recordings are an inadequate tool in trying to find out what happened to Aboriginal stockmen and their communities on cattle stations in Northern Australia, writes Neale Towart
Review: Walking On Water
On the 20th anniversary of the first AIDS-related death, Tara de Boehmler witnesses the aftermath of losing a loved one to the illness in Walking On Water.
Novelist Anthony Macris captures life on the shop floor in this extract from his upcoming novel, Capital Volume II
Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
The University of Queensland has sought to join the ranks of union-busting companies like Rio Tinto in trying to sack the president of the local union - and made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with an array of acquiescent academics.
Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown
Fight Begins For Long Weekends
Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak
Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers
Libs Pledge Moderate IR line
Workers Kick Grand Final Goal
NSW Screws Down Lid on Funeral Scams
Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters
Detention Centre Workers Demand Safety Search
Religious Teachers Win Legal Coverage
Pressure Builds on Parking Sting
US Docks Lockout Hits Sea Trade
I Walk The Line
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has weighed into the Hilton Hotel dispute with this special message to the workforce.
Union Aid Abroad's Phil Hazelton fires off a missive from Laos where he is spending a year working with the community.
Month In Review
It was a month where the world teetered on the brink of peace, no thanks to the leader of the free world, writes Jim Marr
The Locker Room
The Laws Of Gravity
Phil Doyle goes looking for the fine line that separates sport from an exercise in time-wasting
Snouts in the Trough
Itís AGM season in the corporate world, and deal after shady deal is being exposed as highfliers treat company accounts like the proverbial honey-pot.
Jacks and Jills
Songs of Solidarity
There has been a proud history of pro-worker tunes dating back to the early days of the 20th century, which will be continued in a new CD, writes Dan Buhagiar.
Shame on Murray
Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
Speaking in Tongues
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Libs Pledge Moderate IR line
The NSW Coalition has pledged an open-door policy to trade unions if it wins power at the next State election, and to maintain goodwill between employer and employee organisations.
The Liberals IR spokesman Michael Gallacher has told Workers Online that he would retain the powers of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and would be supportive of increased regulation of labour hire.
Distancing himself from the hardline federal IR agenda of Abbott and Reith, Gallacher said he had his own approach to industrial relations.
"My own observation is that there is an enormous amount of good will amongst employer and employee organisations and that the Government should seek to maintain this and set up a process facilitating agreed solutions rather than imposing them," Gallacher said.
On current issues of importance to trade unions, Gallacher:
- said the Coalition would support "appropriate regulations" for labour hire that "ensure labour hire is not simply a device to destroy workers rights and conditions."
- indicated he was open to discussing the ACTU call centre Code of Conduct with Labor Council
- suggested privacy protection to workplace emails should be similar to that accorded telephone calls.
- and pledged that a Coalition government would review the state's workers compensation scheme to determine if last year's reform package "went too far".
He also restated the Coalition's support for a pay rise for nurses and promised to work constructively with other public sector workers pursuing pay rises next year.
Gallacher played up his own trade union background, which included holding elected office with the NSW Police Association and receiving a TUTA course certificate.
"Unions are an important part of the social development of Australia as well as its industrial framework," he said.
"My concern with the Union movement has been where it involved itself in politics rather than looking after the interests of its members. One of the strengths of the Police Association has always been that it has remained politically non-aligned."
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