End of the Casual Affair
The Secure Employment Test Case that kicks off in the coming week in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission will be an important test of how far down the path of labour market deregulation we have travelled.
Interview: Terror Australis
The Howard Government has just discovered the nation's ports are a terrorist target. The International Transport Federation's Dean Summers has been warning them for years.
Unions: Graeme Beard's Second Dig
Hidden in the Australian Workers Union Sydney office is a mild-mannered industrial officer who once strutted the international cricket stage, writes Jim Marr.
Industrial: The Hell of Troy
On the basis of a couple of hours in the witness box, Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole described Troy Stratti as "credible". Six men who, together, have known the company director for the best part of 50 years beg to differ.
Organising: Miners Strike Gold
Traditional unions are rediscovering the power of grassroots organising. Paddy Gorman reports from the coal face.
Economics: The Accepted Wisdom
Evan Jones argues that economic policy making has been narrowed and rendered mechanistic and antiseptic.
History: Vicious Old Lady
Despite its Liberal leanings, the Sydney Morning Herald has never been shy of bashing unions, writes Neale Towart.
International: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Thailand must end its crackdown on Burmese fleeing rights abuses in their military-ruled homeland, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
Review: War Unfogged
Want to go to war but not sure where to start? Look no further than Errol Morris' latest doco-drama for the definitive 11-step lesson plan, writes Tara de Boehmler.
A TAFE student struggling under the weight of fees shares his wordly wisdom
WA Bosses Duck for Cover
Static Hits Digital Revolution
Rising Sun Sets on Costello
Terror Telegraphs New Era
Dust Storm Greets Hardie
Psych Nurses Seek Safety
Work Bad for Your Health
Govt Lays Death Track
Howard Slugs Battlers
APHEDA Wins Award
Feds: Freedom Is Slavery
Free Trade Fun Day
Activists Whatís On!
A Voice for Peace
Palestinian trade union leader calls on militants to lay down their arms while the ICFTU protests harassment of Palestinian union leader.
The Double Standard Bearers
Nicholas Way argues that when it comes to collective action, the Howard Government has different views depending on whether you are a unionist or a small business.
The Locker Room
The Fine Print
While the result mightnít be everything, it does make the back of the newspaper more interesting, as Phil Doyle reports.
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The Westie Wing
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Feds: Freedom Is Slavery
The Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) and the union movement are trading stats at 20 paces after the federal regulator released a controversial new report on union membership.
The OEA claimed Australian workers have never felt so free about their choices to join or not join unions.
The finding contradicts an earlier survey of NSW workers that found that nearly a third who are not in trade unions would join if they were free to choose.
The NSW survey, conducted earlier this year by Essential Research, found that 29 per cent of all non-union members said they would be in a trade union if they were free to choose. This highlighted the problem that coercion by employers for workers not to join unions was a greater problem that coercion by unions for people to join their ranks.
"What this shows is that the big issue in modern workplaces is not union coercion but employer intimidation of union members," says NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson. "Given these findings we call on the federal government to make victimisation of union members and the intimidation of prospective members as a priority area for the Employment Advocate in the coming months.
The OEA report claimed that "a small minority" of employees still experience significant pressure about this choice.
Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union National Secretary John Sutton doubted the objectivity of the OEA.
"The CFMEU is immensely proud of the pay, conditions and standards we have been able to win for Australian construction workers," says Sutton. "Any weakening of trade unions on construction jobs will only lead to an increase in serious injuries and deaths of construction workers."
"Aussie construction workers don't sponge off their mates: the stronger the Union, the more we achieve together."
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