Thatís Our Team
Hereís a test. Hands up all those who watched the news last night. Who can remember the weather forecast for tomorrow? What about the forecast in Perth?
Evan Thornley was a labour activist. Then he rode the tech wave. Now he's home with new ideas on how Labor can win the economic debate.
Workplace: Dirt Cheap
In her new book, Elizabeth Wynhausen learns how hard it is to live on the minimum wage.
Industrial: Daddy Doesnít Live With Us Anymore
Andreia Viegasí tells the story of the loss her young family has felt since her husband was killed at work, and the need for justice for families who fall victim to industrial manslaughter.
Economics: Who's Afraid of the BCA?
Big Business's agenda for Australia has gone from loopy to mainstream at the speed of light, writes Neale Towart
International: From the Wreckage
Working people across Iraq are struggling to build their own independent unions Ė and are successfully organising industrial action on the vital oil fields as well as in hotels, transport outlets and factories, Writes Andrew Casey
Politics: Infrastructure Blues
With much attention given belatedly to the shortage of infrastructure, little attention has been given to the structure of infrastructure, writes Evan Jones
History: Meat and Three Veg
A new book recounts the impact of the Depression on women workers, writes Neale Towart,
Savings: Super Seduction
Sharks are circling your super. From July 1, banks and financial planners will have access to the nesteggs of an extra four million workers, writes Jim Marr.
Politics: Popping the 'E-Word'
Federal shadow treasurer Wayne Swan unveils Labor's new economic doctrine.
Poetry: To Know Somebody
This week saw an appointment to the ABC Board that was even more breathtaking than that of Liberal Party figure Michael Kroger. Resident Bard David Peetz celebrates the occasion with a reworking of an old Bee Gees hit.
Review: Off the Rails
A new play on the impact of rail privatisation in Britain has a poignant message for Sydney commuters, writes Alex Mitchell
Rev Kev: Innocent Shall Be Guilty
Itís Official - Taskforce "Hopeless"
Hollywood For Tropfest Evictees
Miner Problem for Feds
Students Driven to Sleep
Brogden Dances On Graves
Let Them Drink Beer
Traffic Fines Parked
The Airline That Flew a Kite
Hundreds Resist Porridge
Experts Back Better Childcare Pay
Mushroom Mums Win
Rotten Fruit Exposed
Workers Sue Rumsfeld
Activistís Whatís On
The Big Picture
Think about this: It takes 150 tonnes of iron ore to buy a plasma TV, writes Doug Cameron.
The Locker Room
Reducto Ad Absurdo
Phil Doyle offers advice for the lovelorn, and finds that things are getting smaller
Work is In
The rise and fall of the working hours debate in france is relevent to Australian workers, writes Daniel Donahoo and Tim Martyn
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP surveys the upcoming conservative centralist collective attack.
Stay Terra Firma on Tax
Postcard from Harvard
Australian union officials making the annual pilgrimage to the Harvard Trade Union Program learnt that, at least, they are not alone, says Natalie Bradbury.
Janetís Job No Victory
Royal Finger Lickers
Will $20 Restore Carr?
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Mushroom Mums Win
Mildura Mums have won the first round in their fight against AWA's that will reduce their family budgets by $150 a week.
A Federal Court Judge ordered their employer, Merbein Mushrooms, to resume paying normal wages to the sacked women while they attend mediation.
The farm's owner, Geoff Izard, introduced AWA's to his workforce of 45 mushroom pickers after state law forced him to pay higher wages from January 1.
The AWAs cut penalty rates and bonuses, replaced hourly pay with "piece" rates and maintained all staff as casuals.
One picker, Sue Simes, said all the mushroom pickers opposed the agreements which meant average pay cuts of $150 a week.
But she believed many were coerced into signing after Izard conducted one on one interviews, and refused to negotiate or meet union officials.
The six staff who refused to sign were sacked and they took Izard to court for unlawful dismissal.
Last week the Australian Mushroom Growers' Association tried to defend the sackings in the media by claiming the six women "became redundant" because the farm "had more employees than was necessary."
But the court was told Merbein Mushrooms advertised for staff days before the sackings and actually hired employees a week later.
The case will continue on March 15 unless settled in mediation.
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