The Sins of Our Fathers
The James Hardie story unfolding before the NSW Government Commission of Inquiry is not about business, it is not about politics, it is not even about the law.
Interview: Power and the Passion
ALP's star recruit Peter Garrett shares his views on unions, forests and being the Member for Wedding Cake Island
Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Tony Butterfield became a State of Origin gladiator at the unlikely age of 33. Even that, Jim Marr reports, couldn’t prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.
Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSW’s forests have raised eyebrows and temperatures amongst some of the key players reports Phil Doyle.
Housing: Home Truths
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton argues for a radical solution to the housing affordability crisis.
International: Boycott Busters
International unions have issued a new list of corporations breaching ILO sanctions to do business in Burma.
Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
The absurdities of neoclassical economic assumptions has never stood in the way of their being trotted out to justify profiteering and attacks on the rights of citizens. The AUSFTA is the latest rort we are supposed to swallow, writes Neale Towart.
History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Interest in JC Watson's short time as Labor's first Prime Minister should not detract from his more substantial role as Party leader, writes Mark Hearn
Review: Chewing the Fat
As debate rages in Australia about Fast Food advertising, Julianne Taverner takes a look at a side of the industry that Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about in Supersize Me.
Poetry: Dear John
Workers Online reader Rob Mullen shares some personal correspondence with our glorious leader.
Noose Tightens on James Hardie
‘Payback’ in Mildura
Beware of Expensive Imitations
Death Law on Tassie Books
Boss Goes Off Prematurely
Goats Clip Security
Vale Frank Altoff
Gnarly Break Hits FoC
Forgecast Reneges on Millions
Workmates Back Whistleblower
"Thuggery" from AIDS Chiefs
Keystone Cops In Timber Town
Waste Work Binned
Activists What’s On!
The Westie Wing
As the NSW Labor Government sells its first budget deficit in nine years, the real concern for the union movement is the devil in the detail, especially when it comes to procurement agreements, writes Ian West.
Labor's IR spokesman Craig Emerson launches a few characteristic salvos across the Parliamentary chamber
The Locker Room
Tears After Bedtime
Phil Doyle says that it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye
Postcard from Vietnam
APHEDA's Hoang Thi Le Hang reports from the north of Vietnam on a project being fund by Australian unionists.,
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Goats Clip Security
Federal Government is ordering security guards to get a shave.
According to AFP management, goatee beards and stud earrings, are banned from all federal sites immediately.
The diktat was communicated to affected workers after their union asked the basis on which the AFP had failed to consult on its "practical guide to uniforms, standards of dress and appearance.
CPSU spokesman, Evan Hall, said the goatee ban had been queried because it was "competely inconsistent" and turned long-standing arrangements upside down.
"Wearing a goatee is established practice for some Protective Services Officers," Hall said. "Their guidelines allow for other styles of facial hair such as beards and moustaches. Where do you draw the line?
"After members expressed concern, AFP told us there would be a six month phase-in period. Then, yesterday, they announced the ban on studs and goatees would be immediate."
The CPSU has invoked the dispute settlement procedure in the guards' agreement in a bid to trim the argument.
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