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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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".
"They decided to restructure Centacare and brought in a corporate consultant who went for spill and fill by sacking everybody, including the manager of nine years," Lynch said.
"We're not going to stand by and watch people lose their jobs through no fault of their own and nor will the wider union movement.
"We want the Bishop's direct intervention to help us sort this matter out before Centacare is subject to multi-union pickets."
Lynch accused Brian Dunn, director of the Tighes Hill operation that works with homeless youth, of being out of touch with the Catholic Church's community and social values. Most of the affected workers are under 30 and some are single mothers.
Staff at Centacare Yough Accommodation Support Service, walked off the job and rallied outside the director's office, last Friday.
Dunn has already re-advertised their positions and has refused to meet with the union until after the closing date for applications.
Lynch said Centacare had denied the eight existing youth workers the right to be redeployed as part of the corporate restructure.
"We believe senior officials in Centacare and the Catholic Church have no idea of the human and social costs of the director's actions," Lynch said. "He has given us no option but to fight for the jobs and clients' rights to a decent service."
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