Holes in the Net
The Medicare debate may be clouded by the minutae of the health delivery system, but it really boils down to an old-fashioned ideological battle between user-pays and state responsibility.
Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.
Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.
National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.
Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.
Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.
Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.
History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths
Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.
US Giant Attacks Aussies
Exposed – OEA in Kids Scandal
Left-Right Flattens Abigroup
ANZ Cops Fine Over Robbers
Classroom Stoush Gets Personal
Seven Workers Pass "Intelligence" Test
Stop Press: Coal Strike
Nurses: MedicarePlus Points to America
‘Joel’s Law’ Gathers Momentum
Skilled Picketers Confront Patrick’s
Yahoo Censors Union Ad
Labor’s Cotter Court ‘Faking’ It
TAFE Puts Best Foot Forward
Wharfies, Actors, Seafarers Unite
Debus Gives Up On Lawyers Picnic
Nelson Backdown Not Enough
Online Pay Check
Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz
The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.
The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.
Jack Lives Here
Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.
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Seven Workers Pass "Intelligence" Test
Aggressive bosses at the Seven Network are claiming the intelligence of their employees could have been "undermined" by telephone calls from the MEAA (Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance).
In a memo to staff, the Network said a telephone poll on their attitudes to the MEAA, and a non-union agreement being promoted by Seven, was an "unlawful attempt to undermine your intelligence".
Seven employees responded by returning a 77 percent rejection of the company's proposal in a secret ballot.
Now Seven is claiming in the Federal Court that the polling, conducted on behalf of the union amounted to "coercion" and the union faces the prospect of a $10,000 fine if found guilty.
Seven says the MEAA gave its on-line directory to an outsourced call centre to conduct the poll, without its permission.
The MEAA defended the allegation and judgement has been reserved.
Its assistant federal secretary, Mark Ryan, said the court action was "mystifying" given that, last month, Seven resumed negotiations with his organisation and the CPSU.
"We don't accept there was any coercion at all," Ryan said. "It was a normal polling exercise about how the union was travelling in the workplace and members' attitudes. It didn't come within a bull's roar of coercion.
"As a result, we predicted a 78 percent No Vote on the company proposal. The actual figure was 77.4"
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