Why The User Should Pay
Unions have often been the victims of the user-pays ethos � 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. �Remember that Friday feeling?� he asks. �You just don�t get that anymore.�
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 month�s Tony award.
Organising: Project Pilbara
Sydney University�s 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 � 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 Australia�s 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 today�s 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 Labour�s 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 � 1957 to debunk the �dependence� 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 �Slave Labour� 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 Australia�s unquestioning support of George Dubya�s �War On Terror�.
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 there�s little room for logic in our nation�s board rooms.
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Cabinet Takes Stick To Abbott's Carrot
Has Federal Cabinet has rolled Tony Abbott's bid to offer Canberra mandarins a pay bonus carrot if they force their workers onto individual contracts?
Abbott had proposed to offer Commonwealth Public Sector chiefs the bonuses to sign their staff onto individual workplace agreements as part of a "Kennett-style assault" on public sector workers.
The move would see over 100 000 Federal public servants forced onto non-union agreements against their will as part of the Government's plan to promote "Freedom of Choice".
Federal Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott is understood to have put forward a "carrot and stick" plan to Cabinet that deliver bonuses for staff who take up AWA's and withhold promotions for those who refuse.
According to whispers round Canberra, it was not well received by his colleagues with senior ministers requesting more detail, including the cost of Abbott's plan.
"Clearly the minister is disappointed with the low percentage of public servants on AWAs and he is trying to force the issue," says NSW secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union Stephen Jones. "Maybe he'd have more luck if he tried dangling his carrot at the traditional feeding end of the donkey."
Less than six per cent of Commonwealth public servants are on Australian Workplace Agreements, and Abbott is currently embroiled in an industrial dispute in his own department over plans to force workers off the union agreement.
The low take up of AWA's in the Federal public sector is seen to be an embarrassment to the Government, which has often lectured the business sector that it must do more to encourage individual contracts.
"If Tony Abbot were fair dinkum about freedom of choice he would respect the choices that tens of thousands of people have already made. That is, to be part of collective workplace agreements," says Jones.
While the CPSU is still investigating legal and technical issues raised by Abbott's proposals, it believes many of the Minister's suggestions would be impossible to implement under current legislation.
"As far as we can ascertain based on information in the media, what the Minister is putting forward runs contrary to both the Workplace Relations Act and the Public Service Act," says Jones
Abbott's reported plans resemble former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett's 1997 crackdown on the public service in which thousands of public servants were fired.
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