After a week of front-page political chicanery we are to get more John Howard; who at a time of his choosing will pitch for a fourth election victory by going head to head with the son of a Whitlam Minister.
History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East
Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard’s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.
Safety: The Shocking Truth
It’s every power worker’s worst nightmare – and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.
History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.
Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU’s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.
International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there’s another side to the recent furore over Telstra’s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello’s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart’s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your ‘t’s, says Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.
Allianz Claims on Sick and Dying
Back Pay Bill From Behind the Bars
Gloves Off for Local Voices
Stabbings Ground Job Cuts – For Now
Red Light for Cut Price Labour Hire
Sacked Workers’ Ultimate Insult
Electrolux Repays Survival With Bastardry
Survivor Urges Compo Rethink
Nurses: Bosses Should Foot Bank Fees
Telstra Workers Show Bottle
Rail Workers Telegraph Press Council Track
Call Centre Leak Shames Stellar
Malaysian Detainees Released
Western Sahara Tests UN
It’s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP’s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.
Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream’s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.
The Locker Room
Blowing Holes in Gittens
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
Response to Gould
Aged Policy Looks Hairy
God Save Billy Deane
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Red Light for Cut Price Labour Hire
Unions have struck a blow in the battle for job security with a ruling that workers engaged by labour hire companies could not undercut the wages of fellow workers.
The decision of the NSW IRC, ruled that workers employed by Adecco working at Kellogg’s Botany warehouses must be paid the same wages as Kellogg employees.
It puts into practise proposals to link labour hire wages with host conditions that the Carr Government has been sitting on for more than three years.
Unions see the ability of labour hire companies to undercut the wages of host employees as a major driver of the industry. If wages are linked, they argue, companies have less incentive to do away with secure employment.
In case before Justice Patricia Staunton, the National union of workers challenged the decision of Kellogg to contract out its logistics arm to Mayne Logistics, who then sourced labour Adecco.
When Adecco and Mayne sought to apply wages and conditions different to Kellogg, the NUW sought to vary Kellogg award to flow those conditions automatically on to Adecco employees
While Justice Staunton wouldn't amend the Kellogg award, she did make a new award to guarantee employees of Adecco the same wages as Kellogg employees
"Given the commonality of work being performed, I believe it is only fair and reasonable that the employees in the distribution section of the Company's operations at Botany should be paid at the same rates as those persons engaged by Kellogs as casual workers," she ruled.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the ruling is an important step towards the movements goal of getting labour hire workers to be paid to the host employee.
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