The Dead Couple
The message from the ACTU’s Future of Work research is that the two theoretical frameworks for understanding work in the 20th century - ‘Harvester Man’ and ‘TINA’ are both dead.
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.
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Carr Faces Acid On Job Security
Abbott Prescribes Dole for Mother of Six
Cole Batting Zero from Thirty Two
Labor Insider Makes Mess
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Security Forces Come Out Firing
Women’s Centre Faces Ideological Jihad
Varsity Casuals Win Wage Increase
Fortress NSW Protects BHP Workers
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Iranian Textile Workers Sewn Up
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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.
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Abbott Prescribes Dole for Mother of Six
If Tony Abbott had his way Lynn Cunningham would be forced to look after six kids and a disabled husband from social welfare payments.
Cunningham says that Abbott’s Termination of Employment Bill, which seeks to bring unjustified dismissal under restrictive federal provisions, would have cost her her job at Lipa Management Services. Instead, when she was unfairly sacked, her union, the NUW, won reinstatement by taking a dispute through the NSW IRC.
"I don't understand the law very much and I don't understand this Government either," Cunningham told Labor Council delegates.
"I am the bread winner in my family and if I don't work we don't eat. If families like mine don't have some recourse when we are unfairly sacked we would be left on the dole.
"If this law gets passed life will be a lot harder for people like us. Where I work people work six or 12 months as casuals and nobody is told that they don't have permanent rights."
Cunningham had worked at Lipa for four and a half months when she was dismissed, after joining the NUW. The first three months, however, were spent on the books of a labor hire company.
Abbott's Bill would deny unfair dismissal procedures to employees with less than three months service, amongst others.
NUW spokesman Andrew Joseph said the Federal system was costly, complex and difficult to access by comparison with a state regime that was less legalistic. Academics have described Government's move as a key step in eliminating state jurisdictions and establishing a unitary, federal system of workplace laws.
Key Democrat senators, including IR spokesman Andrew Bartlett, have indicated they will support Abbott's move.
ACTU president, Sharan Burrow, will join Queensland and NSW Labor Council secretaries, Grace Grace and John Robertson, in a face-to-face meeting with Bartlett next week.
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