Now the US Australia Free Trade Agreement is signed, sealed and rubberstamped, we will see for ourselves who was right – those who argued Nirvana or those who warned of economic Armageddon.
Interview: Trading Places
New ACTU International Officer Alison Tate cut her teeth delivering aid to developing nations through APHEDA. Now she is helping chart the global union agenda.
Safety: Snow Job
James Hardie has been drilled into our collective consciousness as a story of power, greed and immorality. It is also, as Jim Marr reports, a tale of human tragedy.
Politics: In the Vanguard
Damien Cahill reveals how neo-liberal think tanks have been at the forefront of the corporate assault upon trade unions and social movements in Australia.
Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Don’t get between Sydney sparkie Semir Pepic and a gold medal in a dimly lit alley, writes Tim Brunero.
Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
Perfect Porker, Darren Vincent, brings a history of meat worker shafting to this month’s Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europe’s big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours – without any recompense, reports Andrew Casey.
History: Under the Influence
Was John Kerr drunk when he wrote and signed the letter dismissing Edward Gough Whitlam from the Prime Ministership in 1975? Geraldine Willissee investigates.
Economics: Working Capital
Where superannuation fits, where it fails and what we should we do about it. Neale Towart gives the tough answers.
Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
There's many a must see moment in Mike Moore's new flick but beating the propaganda machine at its own game wreaks havoc with wearied bullshit detectors, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
When Flood washed away the PM's sins, the truth was once again left high and dry.
Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
During a recent visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home, I was waylaid by an ancient gentleman who insisted I listen to what he had to say, writes Rowan Cahill.
Hardie Boycott Sweeps State
Vic Bosses Spit Dummy
Revenge of the Bank Staff
Young Workers Grounded
Stab Proof Undies Arresting
Carr in Cleaners Dust-Up
Conflict Threatens Rail Safety
Stats Lead Race to Bottom
Spotlight on Olympic Stitch-Up
Bomber Targets Canberra
Casino's Gamble Backfires
Choice in Truth Mix
Activists What’s On!
The Westie Wing
The Labor Governments in each State must take the lead to stop the abuse of corporate law in Australia in the absence of action from the Federal Government, as the Inquiry into James Hardie’s has highlighted, writes Ian West.
Cleaners Deserve Our Support
It's time the state's cleaners were given some support, loyalty and long service leave, writes Chris Christodoulou.
The Locker Room
Half Time At The Football
Phil Doyle wants to have his pie and eat it too.
Frank Mossfield was one of the labour movement’s quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.
Tom’s Legal Advice
Lessons From East Timor
Just back from a study tour to East Timor, National Reserach Officer with the Construction division of the CFMEU, Ben Stirling, writes about the experience for Workers Online.
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Vic Bosses Spit Dummy
Victoria’s peak childcare group is trying to chuck workers out of the industrial cot to avoid the impact of a landmark work value case.
As the claim for a better pay deal for childcare workers reaches its endgame, the Child Care Association of Victoria is actively pushing AWAs as a way of dodging the decision.
CCAV's newsletter urges its member to switch to AWAs "in order to minimise the impact of an imminent, substantial and unjustified wage claim by the union".
The LHMU Child Care Union sees the pitch as an attempt to undermine the work value test case, due for decision in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission soon.
In a decision that will affect 16,000 childcare workers in Victoria and the ACT, the LHMU is arguing for rises of between seven and 25 per cent to reflect the value these workers deliver.
They've won the backing of Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations, Dr Craig Emerson who raised he issue in Federal Parliament this week..
The Labor MP accused the Howard Government of approving the use of AWAs as a way to deliberately undermine the wages of child care workers.
" The child care employers proposed AWAs offer a pay rise of only 2.5 per cent over three years, compared with the union's claim for pay increases of more than seven per cent," Emerson told Parliament.
" This shows yet again that AWAs are being used to undermine the wages and conditions of vulnerable working Australians. A Latham Labor Government will abolish AWAs."
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