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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Army Used To Privatise Phones
Pakistan is adopting a new approach to telco privatisation, sending troops in to occupy exchanges and threatening employees with anti-terror laws.
The military dictatorship has gaoled 500 employees of Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) who were to resist the privatisation.
The move came as Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Pakistani President Perveez Musharraf were signing off on a joint anti-terrorism agreement.
The CEPU Communications Division has written to President Musharraf protesting against the attacks and demanding all gaoled workers be freed.
Unions NSW are backing the Pakistani workers with secretary John Robertson describing the use of anti-terrorism laws as disturbing.
"We have seen similar laws used in the US by George Bush against Longshoreman. We are concerned we are going to see this Federal Government use them against the union movement in NSW.
"The term terrorist is used quite freely these days. We've even seen Nelson Mandela referred to as a terrorist."
The CEPU is concerned the move comes as the Howard government is gearing up to seel the remaining public stake in Telstra.
They are calling for protest letters to be sent to the president of PCTL, Junaid Khan, [email protected], senior vice president of PCTL M Shahzad Sadan [email protected] and the Pakistani Telecoms Minister, Awais Leghari, moitt.gov.pk or [email protected]
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