A Recipe for Conflict
Without making any excuses, Tony Abbott’s hand wringing at this week’s airing of a secret video of picket line violence was a bit like watching Don King condemn boxing.
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.
Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.
Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.
Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack
International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown
Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear
Aussie Workers Cradle-Snatched
Morris McMahon Workers Say Thanks
Violence: Emerson Fingers Abbott
Cowboys Face Contracts Ban
TUTA Rises From the Ashes
Teased Teachers Fight Back
Labor Fails TAFE Test
Coke Called on to Stop the Rot
Bridgestone Drops Doughnut on Workers
AIRC Locked in Dark Ages
Maternity Breakthrough in Hotels
Labour Rights: Even Bush is Better!
Long Winter for Seasonal Workers
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.
The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.
A Tribute to Brian Miller
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee
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Cuba - the Debate Continues
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Cowboys Face Contracts Ban
Firms seeking lucrative government contracts would need to show they were good corporate citizens who allow workers to belong to unions, under a plan unions will take to the ALP State Conference in October.
The ‘procurement policy’ would force government department to ensure that all successful tenders and recipients of state money met defined criteria, including using the NSW Industrial Relations system and allowing collective agreements.
Endorsing the approach, NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson said the time had arrived to ensure the interests of workers were at the forefront of government decision-making.
"More and more companies are bidding for government contracts or seeking government aid," Robertson says. "It is only fair that they are asked to meet certain obligations in terms of their treatment of workers."
While unions had struck a Memorandum of Understanding with the department of Public Workers and Services was struck last year, there are concerns that the agreement is not being enforced.
Some recent examples include:
- The NSW Health Department's decision to source hospital linen from Chine rather than locally.
- A string of government building projects where sub-contractors dodge their legal entitlements
- - the decision by State and regional Development to give financial support to the Stellar call centre, which employs workers under individual contracts.
"The government is not fair dinkum about their codes," Robertson says. "Tony Abbott has not problem pressuring firms to adopt his ideological agenda to federal funding, so I don't see why Labor Government's shouldn't be applying the same rules.
"The deal should be: you use our industrial relations system, you will not offer individual contracts and if you don't like it, we won't give you a government contract."
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