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
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Tassie in Grip of Chip Strip
McDonald’s has brought farmers and unionists together in Tasmania after cutting its order for local potatoes.
Thousands of people, both workers and farmers, rallied outside McDonald's in Devonport yesterday to protest the fast food chain's decision to bump up its percentage of imported potatoes to half, leaving locals in the lurch.
Tasmanian secretary for the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Anne Urquhart, said unions and farmers were joining together to save the industry as a whole.
"It's an unlikely marriage but we're singing the same song.
"The whole community is rallying around this."
Although no-one will be directly laid off because of the decision, reduced hours will mean 350 workers at the Simplot plant at Ulverstone, which processes the potatoes, could take home $100 to $200 a week less.
But Urquhart emphasised that it affected not only the factory staff, but also the farmers and rural workers.
"The decision has been pretty widely felt across the community.
"Families who drive past McDonalds say they're not going there for lunch because they don't buy our potatoes."
The AMWU will continue the campaign with farmers, broadening its target to major supermarkets, which are moving to import more processed food from overseas.
Coles announced a plan this week to increase the amount of generic stock, which is mostly made up of imported ingredients, on its shelves to 30 per cent.
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