An Act of Faith
After a week of watching the Howard Government attempt to explain their vision of work relations we have a clearer picture of what the social safety net will be in the future – an act of faith
Interview: The Baby Drought
Social ethicist Leslie Cannold has delved into why women - and men - are having fewer children. And it all comes back to the workplace.
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
David Peetz uncovers the truth behind the latest statistics on earnings under Australian Workplace Agreements.
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
Current government policies about work and family do not reflect the realities of either family life or the modern workplace. writes Don Edgar.
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
The Big Fella, Jack Lang, gives an eyewitness account of the last time Conservatives tried to dismantle Australia’s industrial relations system.
Politics: All God's Children
The battle for morality is not confined to Australian polittics. Michael Walzer writes on the American perspective
Economics: Spun Out
The business groups are feeling cocky. The feds have announced their IR changes, business says they don't go far enough. What a surprise, writes Neale Towart
International: Shakey Trials
Lyndy McIntyre argues the New Zealnd IR experiment provides warnings - and hope - for the Australian union movement.
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Tom Roberts argues that there is more at stake than an attack on building workers in the looming legsilation.
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Paul Haggis flick Crash suggests that when cars collide the extent of people's prejudices are revealed sans the usual veil of political correctness, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: You're Fired
New laws will leave bosses holding the whip and workers with a Raw Hide, writes resident bard David Peetz
Beattie Dares Job Vandals
Broken Hill Confronts "Choice"
BHP Faces Losses
Howard Threatens Babies
Working Between the Flags
Hadgkiss Makes History
Bob The Organiser
Johnny Packs Toothbrush
Security Blunders to the Max
EDI Court Out
Feds: Do As I Say …
Soaring Mercury Sparks Walk Off
Unions Offer to Play Libs
Education Stands Up To Howard Assault
Dodgy Bosses Get a Tick
Weight Watchers Raise Scales
Hyundai Showdown a Riot
Activists' What's On!
The Locker Room
Ashes to Dust
In which Phil Doyle travels to distant lands in search of a meat pie, and prepares for the joys of sleep deprivation
The Westie Wing
Ian West lists the Top Ten reasons why workers in NSW can gain some solace from having the Labor Party sitting on the Treasury benches…
In response to this year’s Federal Budget, Bishop Kevin Manning wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard
Remembering Workers In Cairns
Fair Go For Injured Workers
A Question Of Choice
Galahs Up The Cross
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Beattie Dares Job Vandals
Peter Beattie will challenge John Howard to march into Queensland and strip legal protections away from workers.
The Queensland premier announced, this week, he would legislate to protect a range of conditions threatened by Howard's workplace "reforms", including severance pay, termination notice, penalty rates, jury service, disputes-settling procedures, overtime and shift loadings.
Beattie said the protections would be afforded by amendments to the state Industrial Relations Act.
The changes could cover federal award employees and independent contractors, as well as workers on state documents.
Sydney University, dean of law, Ron McCallum said states had the constitutional power to move into areas where federal awards were silent. WA and NSW would have the same capacity.
Beattie said, under Queensland's IR system, only 2.5 days were lost to industrial action per thousand working days, whereas in Victoria, where Jeff Kennett long ago ceded workplace control to the Commonwealth, that figure stood at 8.7.
Beattie set out his plan in a letter to the Prime Minister, formally rejecting Howard's demand for control of state IR regimes.
The premier concedes the Commonwealth can probably seize IR powers if it wants to use its corporations but argues his move it will make it much more politically damaging.
"They will have to actually legislate away the rights of Queensland families," Beattie said. "This makes it much more difficult."
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