A Secret Country
So Tony Abbott has tabled his legislation to crush the CFMEU, while refusing to release the secret volume of the Royal Commission on which the recommendations are based.
Interview: Crowded Lives
Labor frontbencher Lindsay Tanner talks us through his new book on the importance of relationships and why politics is letting the people down.
Activists: Life With Brian
Work by men like Brian Fitzpatrick is exposing new Australians to old truths. Jim Marr reports
Industrial: National Focus
A showdown looms in Cancun, Qantas gets bolshie, casual and lazy in its response to aviation challenges, and long festering disputes fester on in Victoria and Tasmania reports Noel Hester in this national wrap.
Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Trades Hall is preparing for a major facelift but first, Jim Marr reports, it must bid farewell to the colourful bunch who have populated its dusty corridors in recent years.
Economics: Beating the Bastards
Frank Stilwell looks at some of the proposals for building a fairer finance sector.
Media: Three Corners
So its come to this. Four Corners, one of the world's longest running television programs is now under pressure from an ABC Executive that is less cultural visionary than feral abacus.
History: The Brisbane Line
Percy Spender was Menzies' foreign minister, but, Neale Towart asks, was he also prepared to serve as Prime Minister in a Japanese controlled Australia?
Trade: The Dumping Problem
Oxfam-CAA helps set the scene for this month's World Trade Organisation in Cancun.
Review: Frankie's Way
In The Night We Called It A Day Frank Sinatra learns 'sorry' Down Under is a loaded word and refusal to say it when due will lose fans in important places, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Cole Skeletons Shake Monk
Abbott Flags Move On Nurses
Workplace Bullies Leave Three Dead
People’s Bank Scraps People
Left-Right Combo Drops Motorway Boss
Free Wally - Movie Offer
Detention for Minister Who Praised Scabs
Cancun Flop Spurs Local Stars
Public Sector: Cuts and Thrusts
Medicare Cuts Take Cake
Beating Around The Bush
Other Half Lives It Up
Anderson Ducks Mudgee Bill
Deaf, Blind and Looking For Friends
Filipino Vote Call
Staking Our Territory
ACTU secretary Greg Combet argued for a fairer Australia in his keynote address to last month's ACTU Congress.
The Locker Room
Spring is a season when a person’s thoughts turn to…horse racing. Phil Doyle reports on the fate of nags and folk heroes.
Beyond the Block
We are wild about the people who live in The Block but not too interested in those who are on the streets outside, writes Michael Rafferty.
The Westie Wing
Workers friend Ian West MLC, reports form the Bearpit about a project to raise awareness about trade unionism amongst young people.
Freedom from Choice
The Awkward Squad
Paul Smith meets one of the new generation of British union leaders who is taking the ball up to the Blair spin team.
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Freedom from Choice
A position for a legal manager at the Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) was advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 13 September 2003 and on their website.
The list of duties is to provide:
"advice and assistance particularly in relation to AWAs, freedom of association, right of entry, coercion to enter certified agreements and strike pay."
However on looking at the requirements one notices that:
"All offers of engagement (ie employment) are conditional on the successful applicant signing an AWA."
Funny how the OEA has no problem with coercing their own prospective employees into signing AWA's. Perhaps the duties of the legal manager could be expanded to include an examination of the coercion of workers to enter AWA's.
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