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Unions NSW secretary John Robertson unveils the annual survey of attitudes of workers to their jobs, thier lives and the union.
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Jim Marr unpacks the unlikely claim of a suburban house to be considered the New Mecca of the New Right Ö
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Chris White looks at how the federal industrial changes will impact on the basic right to strike.
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Neale Towart asks why the only form of legitmate welfare seems to be going to the top end of town.
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Zoe Reynolds looks at how drug and alcohol testing is leading to some addled outcomes.
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
As the indicators head south, Frank Stilwell wonders whether it is the way we do economics that is to blame.
History: Politics In The Pubs
Phil Doyle reports on the increasingly-popular Struggles, Scabs and Schooners day out.
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Doing their best Margaret and David, Tara de Boehmler and Tim Brunero have different takes on the new Australian flick Three Dollars.
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
Workers Online bard David Peetz teaches how workers to dance to Howard's industrial laws.
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Kev Backs Double Standard
Federal Government is green-lighting pattern individual contracts as it moves in parliament to make pattern collective agreements illegal.
Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews is proposing massive fines on rank and file workers, and unions, who pursue pattern agreements. At the same time, his Office of the Employment Advocate is offering fast-track approvals to bosses who use pattern AWAs.
In a desperate bid to boost AWA take-up rates, the Office announced, last week, it would also flag no-disadvantage tests for bosses who got employees onto pattern AWAs.
The no-disadvantage test rule was supposed to have ensured workers wouldn't be disadvantaged by moving from collective to individual contracts. But it hasn't stopped call centre rates being slashed by as much as $10,000 a year, or employers using AWAs to dodge penalty rates and allowances.
The latest initiative follows hard on the heels of the Employment Advocate unveiling a pattern AWA for small business that does away with the concept of a 40-hour week, removes overtime entitlements and job security.
AWA's have been touted by federal government spokespersons, including John Howard, Tony Abbott, Peter Reith and Kevin Andrews as "flexible" arrangements that allow workers a real say in establishing wages and conditions that reflect their personal circumstances.
In truth, they are imposed on new starters without agreement; used to deny employees the right to choose union representation; and, in the case of pattern AWAs, are neither "flexible" nor specific to individual circumstances.
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