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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Johnny Packs Toothbrush
The Howard Government will be forced to defend its attack on workers' rights when it is tried for breaching international labour conventions, this week.
An International Labour Organisation committee will rule on whether Howard's workplace relations and building industry laws contravene rights to organise, collectively bargain, and to join a union.
ILO president Sharan Burrow said the case would test the Government's willingness to respect international standards and "be part of the international community's efforts to promote and protect the rights of workers around the world".
An ILO Committee of Experts has previously slammed the Federal Government's Workplace Relations Act for providing inadequate protection against anti-union discrimination - particularly for workers who choose to have their terms and conditions governed by collective agreements.
Other countries to be trialed for labour rights violations alongside Australia include Burma, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Colombia.
Australia was a founding member of the ILO in 1919 and it's authority has since been upheld by both Liberal and Labor governments.
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