Kill the Lawyers
What’s left of the HR Nichols Society must be popping the champagne this week, with a NSW court ruling that sees the triumph of their 20-year battle to kill industrial relations and replace it with a ‘rule of 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.
Vandals Hit Sweat Shoppers
Blow For Union Busters
Poll Rocks Election Boat
It’s Official: Eggs Come Second
Tetra Packs Private Dick
Workers Demand Act of Contrition
Wollongong’s $4000 Hamberger
Company Pays for Casual Affair
Shame Ships Hide Sausage
First Test for Death Law
Convenience Store Detains Student
Bashed Youth Workers Walk
Un-Fairfax Leads Paper Chase
Nile On The Death Law
ACCC Lays Down Council Code
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.,
The Agony Of The Refugee
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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.
The AIRC found that the tests were not relevant in measuring the miner's suitability as heavy-machinery operators.
Psychometric testing has been questioned by some experts and slammed by workers as being a poor measure of job fitness.
"Psychometric testing is just another example of allowing employers to run riot with dodgy methods to exploit workers," says Alex Claassens, divisional president of the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) Locomotive Division. "At RailCorp we've been putting up with this for some time."
"It's not a perfect science. It's often left up to the individual to assess so it's not easily challengeable."
One RailCorp train driver was forced to work as a housekeeper after being found 'unfit' to drive by psychometric tests arranged by RailCorp.
"The driver was forced to shell out $550.00 from his own pocket to get an independent assessment," says Claassens. "As a result of this report Railcorp re-instated the driver."
"He's been back driving for two or three months now without a problem."
"This comes as Michael Costa is slashing train services over supposed driver 'shortages'."
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