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
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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.
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Bridgestone Drops Doughnut on Workers
Bridgestone executive directors, pocketing nearly half a million dollars in bonuses, are demanding massive clawbacks from Adelaide employees, on basic annual incomes of around $39,000.
Enterprise bargaining negotiations broke down after the tyre manufacturer refused to put a guaranteed wage increase on the table. They also pressed for ...
reduced sick leave entitlements
increased hours of work
reduced numbers of work breaks
slashed entitlements for injured workers
the unrestricted right to use labour hire or casual labour
the right to further increase working hours
Bridgestone directors say tyre production in Adelaide is a "marginal" proposition and that the operations sustainability swings of cost reductions.
But last year, alone, six executive directors took $454,000 out of the company in "bonuses", on top of $1.4 million in base salaries.
Bridgestone walked out of negotiations and announced they would put their clawback document to a vote of 600 workers at the Salisbury plant, the majority members of the LHMU.
"We have broken down because directors won't move from a position that while they pay themselves six-figure salaries, and juicy bonuses, they say workers don't deserve anything," LHMU assistant secretary, Chris Field, said.
Hanging over the tyre industry is the fact that one of Bridgestone's major competitors, SPT, last year closed three of its four Melbourne sites with the loss of more than 1000 jobs.
Bridgestone has gone public over the threat of cheap imports to its future, whilst importing almost half its Australian product from cheap labour countries.
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