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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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.
Didomizio has been involved in protracted negotiations over the troubled company's future. Union sources fear Tetra Pak is trying to sell its Fairfield factory and avoid big entitlements payouts.
Didomozio was ordered off the job for two days, last month, by his doctor after coming down with a virus, nose bleeds, and blood pressure problems.
Tetra Pak's maintenance manager phoned on both days and asked Didomozio to fix a machine. The worker said he had a virus - a serious matter in the food industry.
He claims the production manager then engaged a private investigator to follow him around.
The company accused Didomozio of "serious and wilful misconduct", suspended him for two weeks, then sacked him on July 1.
Didomozio's 65 workmates struck for two days in a bid to save his job.
Didomizio says he is being "scapegoated" over his role in the ongoing argument over the company's future.
"Not only do they want to scare my workmates," he says, "they also want to get rid of people like me without paying them their entitlements."
"The whole thing stinks" says Didomizio.
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