Courting Public Opinion
This weekend marks a significant step forward in the evolution of union campaigning, with the launch of $8 million in advertising to hit the Howard Government where it hurts – in the lounge rooms of middle Australia.
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
Andrews Bends Over for Big End
Boeing, Boeing Gone
Cobb & Co Punt Parkes
Corporates Arm Firing Squad
Quad Gets the Brush
Practical Joke Costs Police
Unions Target Soap and Grunt
US Backs Terrorists
Royalty Held Hostage in WA
Bad News Rising On AWAs
Workers Exercise Choice
Howard Scores Own Goal
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…
Wandering In The Wilderness
In response to this year’s Federal Budget, Bishop Kevin Manning wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard
Once Upon A Time In America
The Truth Is Out There
Cash Cow On Private Tax Farm
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Workers Exercise Choice
More than 100 Department of Employment and Workplace Relations staff walked off the job, last week, in a slap in the face for their minister’s attack on choice in workplace bargaining.
Staff can't understand Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews' promotion of "choice" in industrial relations reform, while removing choice in his own department.
The department is delaying the negotiation of a collective agreement for current staff, while new staff onto non-union AWAs.
"Mr Andrews was saying everyone has a choice between a collective agreement an individual agreement, well excuse me, but this is wrong," a public servant of over 25 years, told the crowd of DEWR workers at Sydney's Belmore Park.
She was identified only as "Wendy" because public servants are forced to sign agreements preventing them from speaking out.
"I feel my department has a totally political agenda. I feel the workers are suffering because of this," she said.
DEWR's collective agreement expired last December, but negotiations have been delayed by management conditions and a lack of consultation with the workforce.
Community and Public Sector Union spokesperson Lisa Newman warned DEWR was at the thin end of Andrews' industrial relations wedge.
"Our fear is what's happening in DEWR is going to be rolled across the entire public service," she said.
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