The High Court’s decision that Australian labour laws should apply to cargo ships plying our shores could be the first shot in the fight back against the excess of corporate globalisation.
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.
Legal Missile Holes Ships of Shame
Labour Rights Threaten Trade Deal
Workers Sharpen Community Clause
"Puppet" Sparks Appeals
FiFo, FiFo – Out the Gate We Go
SRA Chief Off The Rails
Qantas: Long Lunches on Rocks
Water Crisis a Mist for Sell-Off
Aussies Enter Karoshi Zone
Combet Flies Ansett Plan
Westfield Workers Seek Clean Start
Rubber Workers Stretch Bridgestone
Workers Art in Broken Hill
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.
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.
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Combet Flies Ansett Plan
Federal Government is being asked to cover lost superannuation entitlements from the windfall profit it reaped out of the Ansett collapse.
ACTU secretary Greg Combet made the formal proposal to Transport Minister, John Anderson, this week, after it was revealed Canberra would pocket more than $100 million from the $10 levy it imposed on air travellers.
Under current arrangements, Government stands to make between $100 million and $260 million from the Ansett ticket levy, scrapped last month.
The levy was imposed to cover worker entitlements in the wake of the airline's failure but Government has subsequently made it clear that it expects the company's administrators to pay back all of the $335 million this cost.
Combet said shortfalls in Ansett superannuation funds weren't covered by the Government's entitlements arrangement.
"I've asked Mr Anderson to consider this alternative proposal to help former Ansett workers and to prevent the Government from becoming the biggest financial winner from the Ansett collapse," Combet said.
He said its current refusal to use surplus from the ticket levy would leave a shortfall in the funds available to meet the entitlement of thousands of sacked workers.
Combet said his proposal would have the following benefits ...
- ending court action over superannuation funds
- allowing the administrator to resume instalment payments to former employees
- improving the prospect of sacked workers receiving full entitlements
- allowing the government's $335 million loan to be paid in full without Government profiting from the debacle
- assuring travellers their ticket taxes had been used for the purpose stated at the time of collection
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