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.
Air NZ Grounds Mums and Kids
Unions to End Casual Affair
Carr Faces Acid On Job Security
Abbott Prescribes Dole for Mother of Six
Cole Batting Zero from Thirty Two
Labor Insider Makes Mess
Dust Busters – MUA Sails into Allianz Fight
Security Forces Come Out Firing
Women’s Centre Faces Ideological Jihad
Varsity Casuals Win Wage Increase
Fortress NSW Protects BHP Workers
Pharmacists Seek Jobs Medicine
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.
The Locker Room
Costa Must Be Crazy
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle
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Fortress NSW Protects BHP Workers
Hundreds of BHP steel workers at Port Kembla have deserted Tony Abbott’s federal workplace arena and sought refuge in the NSW industrial relations system.
The workers this week voted to shift their wage and conditions to comply with a state registered award, to secure better conditions and entitlements
AWU Technical Administrative Professional Staff (TAPS) organiser James Day says a state-registered award would give workers greater guarantees of employment provisions including redundancy, termination of employment, union input to workplace changes and severence pay.
The AWU has been fighting for BHP workers to have the right to vote on the agreement for several months, including putting its case at multiple hearings at the NSW Industrial Relations Commission including the full bench.
Day says BHP is restructuring its workforce and if the award is voted up workers facing redundancy will be eligible for more generous payouts than currently exist.
He commended workers for getting involved in the state award debate: "TAPS members have endured loss of pay through stop work meetings, but have rallied behind the cause in the face of job losses from the current restructure to ensure their future is more secure."
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