Why The User Should Pay
Unions have often been the victims of the user-pays ethos ï¿½ the pointy end of the assault on the State by the Top End of Town that has left our public sector looking like the poor relation to the corporates.
Interview: Life After Keating
Labor's foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd looks at the world and wonders what might have been ...
Industrial: That Friday Feeling
Anthony Stavropoulos has been working six days a week for the last eight years and now he wants his weekends back. ï¿½Remember that Friday feeling?ï¿½ he asks. ï¿½You just donï¿½t get that anymore.ï¿½
Bad Boss: Begging to Work
They may put themselves about as the Saints of the Fourth Estate, but bosses at the Big Issue Magazine have been nominated by their own vendors for this monthï¿½s Tony award.
Organising: Project Pilbara
Sydney Universityï¿½s Bradon Ellem reports on how unions are bouncing back in Rio territory
Unions: Off the Rails
The Federal Government is attempting to turn NSW Railways into a political football with a proposal that threatens the safety of freight and passenger trains in NSW and life in our rail Towns, writes Phil Doyle.
International: Brazil Turns Left
Union stalwarts throughout the American hemisphere are cheering the election of Lula ï¿½ the peanut seller and shoeshine boy, turned union leader - who has been elected as the first working-class President of Brazil.
Environment: Brown Wash
Stuart Rosewarn argues the Johannesburg Sunmmit was a gripping showcase of Australiaï¿½s lack of a strategic vision.
History Special: Learning from the Past
Ray Markey looks at union membership growth in the 1880s & 1900s to argue that todayï¿½s unions must engage to grow.
Corporate: Will the Bullying Backfire?
Job insecurity, unemployment, a growing gap between rich and poor, massive global poverty and environmental danger are the big issues for the protests at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Sydney.
Technology: Danger Lurks For The Passive
If unions fail to exploit opportunities on the web to gain members, other organisations are likely to fill the void and provide services to workers on the internet.
History: In Labourï¿½s Image
Neale Towart looks at a long-overdue initiative to around NSW through the eyes of the workers.
Politics: Without Power Or Glory
South Coast contributor Rowan Cahill gives his take on the Cunningham by-election result.
History Special: A 'Cosy Relationship'
Barbara Webster looks at Rockhampton between 1916 ï¿½ 1957 to debunk the ï¿½dependenceï¿½ theory of trade union growth.
Culture: Blood Stains the Wattle
Former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacey has turned up in print with a rollicking tale of life during the famous Mt Isa strike of the 60s.
Satire: Iraq Pre-empts Pre-emptive Strike
Saddam Hussein has launched a pre-emptive strike on the United States to prevent it from pre-emptively striking Iraq first.
Poetry: The Executive Pay Cut
Executives accepting pay freezes, or even pay cuts? This outrageous proposal has been put on the table by some capitalists themselves, and taken up by our bard.
Review: Time Out
When a family man invents a new life after losing his steady job, Tara de Boehmler watches his charade escalate until there is no turning back.
Bargaining Fees In the Dock
Deadly ï¿½Slave Labourï¿½ Racket Exposed
Zoo Workers Buck Indecent Proposal
Cabinet Takes Stick To Abbott's Carrot
Cyber Action Behind Hilton Win
Aussies Back On Board
City Workers To Help Country Cousins
Sour Taste for Wine Workers
Government Grounds Ansett Levy
TAB Workers Winners as Cup Strike Averted
Aussie Post Gets Mail On Sick Leave
Council Backs Community Radio Venture
First Steps to Compo Clean-Up
Workers Out! Conference Opens In Sydney
Aussie Union Rep Power, Yes Please: TUC
New Burma Shame File
Month In Review
War and Pieces of Work
The Bali Tragedy dominated the news this month, leaving many questioning the motive and wondering if this is fallout from Australiaï¿½s unquestioning support of George Dubyaï¿½s ï¿½War On Terrorï¿½.
Beware of Greeks Bearing Historical Allusions
Roland Stephens argues that the current popular line that the USA is a modern day version of the Roman Empire is flawed.
The Locker Room
Over The Fence Is Out
Phil Doyle warms up for another season of hard hitting and fast bowling in the park, making the rules up as he goes along.
The Sea of Hands
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation are five years old. Spokeswoman Dameeli Coates addressed labor Council to mark the event.
Tokyo Youth Call
Tokyo unions are relying on young organisers to infiltrate workplaces as part of a major organising campaign, which focuses on non-unionised companies, reports Mary Yaager.
Trashing the Siren Theory
Still Crazy After All These Years
With new research suggests CEO carry similar personality traits to psycho-paths, the AGM season is proving that thereï¿½s little room for logic in our nationï¿½s board rooms.
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Bargaining Fees In the Dock
An employer bid to outlaw bargaining fees in NSW could backfire, with the Carr Government for the first time publicly endorsing the right of unionists to negotiate these clauses in enterprise agreements.
The State Government has told the NSW Industrial Relations Commission that bargaining fees are an ï¿½industrial matterï¿½ that should be decided by the parties at a workplace level.
Australian Industry Group, Employers First and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) have asked the IRC to rule that any bargaining agent fee is invalid.
A full bench of the NSW IRC has reserved its ruling on the bid, part of the ongoing review of Enterprise Bargaining Principles,
To date, workers in 28 NSW workplaces have voted to insert service fees in their enterprise agreements, which allow the union to collect a fee from non-members to contribute to the cost of negotiating an agreement.
Many more workplaces have proposed similar clauses in upcoming negotiations in the power, construction and health industries.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says bid by employers is "an arrogant attempt to over-ride the clear wishes of a majority of workers that non-members contribute to the costs of negotiating pay rises and improved conditions."
"This is not industrial conscription as some misguided commentators claim; there is no attempt to force non-members to join the union; simply to contribute to work they benefit from." Robertson says.
"At their essence, service fees simply embrace the basic principles of the market - user pays.
"Unions spend thousands of dollars negotiating pay and conditions for all workers and it seems bizarre that only some of the beneficiaries of that work should be asked to contribute to these costs.
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