Rivers of Gold
The latest catchphrase from the econmentariat seems to be ‘infrastructure’ – which I think refers to what we used to know as ‘public works’.
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
Feds Wrong on Minimum Wage
Dogs in Sheep’s Clothing
Andrews Faces Probe
NSW Packs IR Scrum
Pirates Of The Canberrean
Foxtel Scores Own Goal
Killer Bosses on Notice
Apprentices Spitting Chips
Howard Chokes Working Women
Vice Regal Notes
Survey – Do it Now or Else
Greens Join Fight
Workers win repreive
Activists Whats 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
All The Way With The USA
Expensive Door Charge
Teen Years in Detention
Court Cases are Media’s Drug
Lang Is Right
Hertz Meenz Hurtz
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Apprentices Spitting Chips
The CFMEU is trying to close the wage gap between apprentice carpenters and burger flippers in a bid to address to Australia’s skills crisis.
The union is making a submission to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission calling for the axing of the meagrely-paid first year apprentice level, which is turning young people off a career in the trade.
If adopted, new apprentices would go straight to a second year apprentice rate, seeing the average wage for apprentices increase $80 per week.
But the increased wage for first year chippies will still be $40 lower than the wage for an 18-year-old McDonalds employee.
At the moment, an 18-year-old in Melbourne would be $135 a week better off if they worked at McDonalds rather than become an apprentice carpenter.
National secretary of the CFMEU, John Sutton, said the low wage rate was a major reason for the ten per cent drop in building apprentices in the last 15 years, leading to a skills crisis.
Fourth year apprentice carpenter David Baker, from Sydney, said he knew 10 people who had left their apprenticeships to work in other fields because of the low pay in often dangerous work.
"You think why am I doing this for this amount of money," Baker said.
Meanwhile the AMWU has welcomed a discussion paper from the Queensland Government which identifies low apprentice wages as a major problem in the skill shortage.
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