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.
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Vandals Hit Sweat Shoppers
A unionist’s car was extensively vandalised in a Marrickville laneway less than 24 hours after he dropped a bucket on suppliers to fashion retailer, Valley Girl, in the Industrial Relations Commission.
Stunned TCFUA official, David Tritton, understood the implications of extensive scratching and gouging on the bodywork of the organisation’s new Holden Crewman. [full story]
Blow For Union Busters
BHP’s Pilbara union-busting campaign has been dealt a body blow with big wage increases bringing 400 union members onto equal terms with workmates who signed AWAs.
ACTU organiser, Will Tracey, called last week’s second arbitrated award settlement “huge”, revealing it had eliminated $10,000 to $20,000 a year differentials BHP had used to try to convert the whole Pilbara workforce onto individual agreements. [full story]
Poll Rocks Election Boat
An explosive poll of marginal seats shows the majority of Australians believe the proposed Free Trade Agreement is biased in America's interests and should not be passed in its present form.
The research conducted by Auspoll for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, shows serious community concerns about the FTA in the lead-up to the federal election.
It’s Official: Eggs Come Second
Attempts to measure outback miners’ ability to operate heavy machinery by asking them to protect eggs with tape and straws have been thrown out of court.
The exercise, part of a Psychometric Testing program at Rio Tinto’s Hail Creek coalmine saw 10 workers having to shield an egg from a two metre fall using a metre of tape and 20 straws. [full story]
Tetra Packs Private Dick
A Sydney sparkie, secretly filmed with his wife while on sick leave, is taking legal action against Tetra Pak.
John Didomizio was sacked by his employer of 22 years for “misconduct”, and claims he is being “victimised” because of his activities as an ETU delegate. [full story]
Workers Demand Act of Contrition
Newcastle’s Catholic Bishop, Michael Malone, is being urged to countermand a welfare agency’s decision to sack its entire workforce as part of a corporate restructure.
ASU organiser, Col Lynch, appealed for the Bishop’s intervention as Newcastle Trades Hall threw its weight behind eight Centacare youth workers scheduled for "termination". [full story]
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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
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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.,