The Secret Life of Us
The fact that casual workers are too scared to come forward and testify about the need for job security seems to prove their basic point – no matter how long or how well you work, you can never feel safe in your job.
Interview: The New Deal
US union leader Amy Dean expands on her agenda to give unions a real political voice
Unions: In the Line of Hire
Unions have lobbied and negotiated in a bid to stem casualisation and insecurity. Now, Jim Marr, writes they are seeking protection through a formal Test Case.
Culture: Too Cool for the Collective?
Young people are amongst the most vulnerable in the workforce. So why aren't they joining the union, asks Carly Knowles
International: The Domino Effect
An internal struggle in the biggest and strongest industrial union in Germany IG Metall has had a devastating wave effect across not just that country, but also the rest of Europe, writes Andrew Casey.
Industrial: A Spanner in the Works
Max Ogden looks at the vexed issue of Works Councils and the differing views within the union movement to them.
National Focus: Gathering of the Tribes
Achieving a fairer society and a better working life for employees from across Australia will be key themes at the ACTU's triennial Congress meeting later this month reports Noel Hester.
History: The Welcome Nazi Tourist
Rowan Cahill looks at the role Australia's conservatives played in supporting facism in the days before World War II.
Bad Boss: Domm, Domm Turn Around
Frank Sartor might have shot through but Robert Domm still calls the IR shots at Sydney City which pretty much explains why the council is this month’s Bad Boss nominee.
Poetry: Just Move On.
Visiting bard Maurie Fairfield brightens up our page with a ditty about little white lies.
Review: Reality Bites
The workers, united, may never be defeated but if recent episodes of Channel 10 drama The Secret Life Of Us are to be believed, this is not necessarily a good thing, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Tough Women Draw Line at Sacking
Witness Protection Urged on IRC
Max Swings Axe at Safety
Sick Twist in Drug Testing
Sacked Mum Goes to the Top
Cuts Sour ADB Birthday Bash
Howard Enlists Russians for Military
Vic Workcover Invests in Worker Misery
Public Hole in Power Shortage
Whistleblower Sacking Sparks Zoo Walkout
Truckie With Conscience Wins Back Job
Indigenous Labour honours Tobler
Asbestos Blocks Liverpool Road Works
Craig Emerson gave what could be the most spirited Labor spray in a decade to the NSW Labor Council this month. Here it is in all its venom.
Out of Their Class
Phil Bradley argues that Australia's education system should not be up for negotiation in the global trade talks.
The Locker Room
The ABC of Sport
Phil Doyle argues that the only way to end the corporate madness that is sport, is to give it all back to the ABC.
Bullies in the Ranks
Locks, Stocks and Barrels
Union Aid Abroad's Peter Jennings updates on the situation in Burma, where the repression of democracy is going from bad to worse.
It Is Still About The Members Isn't It
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Sacked Mum Goes to the Top
Unions are demanding that Communications Minister Richard Alston intervene to have a Melbourne Mum reinstated to the Telstra job she lost the day she returned from maternity leave.
ACTU president Sharan Burrow waded into the debate over 29-year-old, Anne-Marie, calling her situation "fundamental" to working women.
Burrow condemned Australia's biggest company, still half-owned by the public, for sacking a woman who worked for it right up to an hour before giving birth.
"If Telstra won't do the right thing the Communciations Minister should intervene to see justice done, on behalf of Australians," Burrow said.
"It is important that companies learn they cannot discriminate against women on the basis of their family responsibilities."
Anne-Marie, who doesn't want her surname used for privacy reasons, told Melbourne's Herald Sun her manager told her she would be a burden as a part-timer.
She said the Telstra representative claimed she would be better able to look after sick children if she accepted redundancy, and that her skill levels had dropped during 12 months on maternity leave.
During nine years with the company, Anne-Marie was promoted from telemarketer to business analyst.
She is a CPSU member and that union has been trying to negotiate a settlement to her situation for a fortnight.
CPSU communications division secretary, Stephen Jones, accused Telstra of double standards, pointing out its own HR policy talked about valuing staff and their families.
Jones said it was an "unavoidable fact" that when companies such as Telstra embarked on staff cuts they saw women on maternity leave as "vulnerable".
Jones said Telstra had been given enough time to deal with Anne-Marie's case and the union was considering unjustified dismissal and anti-discrimination actions.
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