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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Education Stands Up To Howard Assault
Upwards of 8,000 workers in the tertiary education sector rallied across the state last Wednesday against the Howard government’s proposed IR reforms.
The rallies, backed by all unions in the sector, were well attended by academic and general staff from universities and TAFE institutions.
"This was not a rally against the bosses," says National Tertiary Education Union NSW secretary Chris Game. "This was a rally against the Howard governments IR agenda."
The message sent out from last Wednesday's rallies, held in Sydney and major regional centres, was that the changes would be bad for tertiary education.
"They will affect teaching quality, the capacity for unbiased research and lessen the autonomy of universities."
TAFE teachers and staff echoed the concerns of universities, with the federal Government threatening a privatisation by stealth - handing training over to for-profit institutions behind TAFE's back.
"We will defend student's access to TAFE facilities and an affordable TAFE system," says Phil Bradley from the NSW Teachers Federation. "From here we will continue to urge membership to take part in the major union campaign against Howard's legislation that is designed to force us back into the maters and servants conditions of the nineteenth century.
"The response by academic and general staff show that a majority are concerned about the impact of this agenda," says Simon. "We will be participating in the various statewide union activities that are planned for the near future."
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