Truth In Advertising
In the past seven days we have witnessed the unprecedented spectacle of a Howard Minister attempting to campaign on ‘Truth’. That it has come back to bite him on the bum is the clearest proof yet of some eternal notion of justice.
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
Choice Bro, Andrews Unmasked
Rev Kev’s Big Stick
Grass Roots Flourish
Academics Give an F
Feds Invoke Feared Beard
Mum Gives Johnny the Slip
Hadgkiss in Family Friendly Assault
Slick Operator Goes Down
Tassie in Grip of Chip Strip
Elderly Boss Gets Cranky
Army Used To Privatise Phones
Dangerous Vic bosses face slammer
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…
Good outlook at Hertz
In response to this year’s Federal Budget, Bishop Kevin Manning wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard
Stuck for words
More care, less scare
Do or die time
China throws in Mao’s towel
Don’t strike out strikes
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Rev Kev’s Big Stick
Kevin Andrews is threatening to hit Mums and Dads who join next week’s protests against his workplace agenda with massive fines.
Laws passed in federal parliament, this week, subject building workers to $22,000 fines if they walk off jobs to join the protests, but Andrews is threatening legal action against any worker who opposes his bills.
In a bid to head off escalating opposition, the Workplace Relations Minister, last week, issued a warning to anyone who joins the nationwide protests.
"I would invite workers to think carefully before considering joining any industrial action being organised by the ACTU or specific unions," Andrews said.
"Employees should also be aware of the potential consequences if they choose to take unlawful industrial action."
Under proscriptive laws introduced by the Howard Government, meetings and rallies are illegal forms of industrial action.
Participants can be fined or gaoled, employers who choose to pay them can be fined, and unions found to have organised the actions can be slugged up to $110,000.
Key elements of the Government's workplace agenda include green-lighting unfair dismissals, making equal pay for equal work illegal, holding down the minimum wage, and sidelining collective agreements in favour of individual contracts that can be forced onto new starters without negotiation.
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