Hearts, Minds and Other Body Parts
Thanks to advances in technology, workers are being asked to expose more and more of themselves to their employer: their emails, their genes, even their urine.
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
Authority Shafts Excessive Mine Hours
Insurance Quiz: Money or the Baby?
Monk Lined up with Jihad Masters
Rat in Ranks, Tubner Warns
Hard Drug Stance Stoned
Vote Snooping Bosses Out of House
Termination Battle Hots Up
US Actors Back Aussie Comrades
TAFE Students Called to Arms
Teachers Caught in Family Feud
Longer Strikes Spark Picket Code
Max Sets Athens as Airport Standard
Indigenous First for Construction
Call Centre Jobs Diverted From Delhi
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.
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The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.
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Teachers Caught in Family Feud
Fifty teachers at Yeshiva College in Bondi, shortchanged $250,000 in entitlements and forced to wait for up to four weeks at a time for wages, have taken their grievances to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
The Independent Education Union will argue teachers at the Jewish Orthodox college must be paid back their 12-months' worth of lost superannuation and guaranteed that in future they will be paid on time.
The teachers have been caught in the middle of a bitter wrangle between high profile Melbourne mining entrepreneur Rabbi Joseph Gutnick and his sister Pnina Feldman, who is on the Yeshiva College's Board of Deputies and married to the spiritual head of Yeshiva, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman.
Gutnick donated $5million to the not-for-profit school in 1994 but successfully applied through the Supreme Court to have the money paid back plus $10million worth of expenses and interest, after relations with his sister soured.
The case will be appealed but Yeshiva's teachers are unwilling to risk losing their entitlements in the meantime.
"The teachers at Yeshiva have been faithful to their employer. They love their jobs and they want to stay. All they are asking for is to be paid what they are entitled to and to be paid on time," NSW/ACT Independent Education Union General Secretary Dick Shearman says.
"Last Christmas these teachers were forced to wait four weeks for their holiday pay and have endured irregular pay dates ever since. This holiday their pay was a week late and they have not been paid super for a year."
"The IEU will continue to advocate on behalf of these teachers whose livelihoods have been cast into uncertainly through no fault of their own. They deserve better."
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