After the Action
After a National Week of Action that has had everything from mass rallies in all capital cities to IR chat rooms opening on the Vogue Magazine website it’s fair to say that the first objective of this campaign – to raise public awareness – has been achieved.
Interview: Battle Stations
Opposition leader Kim Beazley says he's ready to fight for workers right. But come July 1, he'll have to be fighting by different rules.
Unions: The Workers, United
It was a group of rank and filers who took centre stage when workers rallied in Sydney's Town Hall, writes Jim Marr.
Politics: The Lost Weekend
The ALP had a hot date, they had arranged to meet on the Town Hall steps, and Phil Doyle was there.
Industrial: Truth or Dare
Seventeen ivory towered academics upset those who know what is best for us last week.
History: A Class Act
After reading a new book on class in Australia, Neale Towart is left wondering if it is possible to tie the term down.
Economics: The Numbers Game
Political economist Frank Stilwell offers a beginners guide to understanding budgets
International: Blonde Ambition
Sweden can be an inspiration to labour movements the world over, as it has had community unionism for over 100 years, creating a vibrant caring society, rather than a "productive" lean economy.
Training: The Trade Off
Next time you go looking for a skilled tradesman and can’t find one, blame an economist, writes John Sutton.
Review: Bore of the Worlds
An invincible enemy has people turning against one another as they fight for survival – its not just an eerie view of John Howard’s ideal workplace, writes Nathan Brown.
Poetry: The Beaters Medley
In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.
Don't Get Angry, Get Organised
Feds Threaten Hardie Battlers
Beasts of Bourbon Play Dog
Churches on Workplace Mission
Unions Are The New Black
Muster Has Bosses in Fluster
Workers Flood to Protests
Official: Libs Don’t Know Own Laws
Schools Out For Uni Bosses
IR Campaign Taxing Andrews
Air Safety at Risk
Carr Runs Over Lib Laws
Aga Khan Workers Gaoled
Activists Whats On!
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ‘The Nine Myths of Modern Unionism’
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle trawls the murky depths of tawdry sleaze, and discovers Rugby is behind it all.
To Hew The Coal That Lies Below
Phil Doyle reviews Australia's first coal mining novel, Black Diamonds and Dust.
Workers Give In FNQ
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
Power and the Passion
Mao and Then
The Third Way Hits A Dead End
Unfair For All
What Is To Be Done?
Black Hawk Up
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IR Campaign Taxing Andrews
The federal government and big business will spend more than $20 million on shoreing-up their workplace relations agenda.
Unsettled by the success of union resistance, including targeted advertising, Canberra has announced it will spend taxpayers' money on a direct mailout and a counter television campaign.
Government MPs will distribute a full colour, eight page brochure to households using their recently-increased mailing allowances but the real money will go on an advertising campaign that insiders predict will dwarf the ACTU's $8 million spend.
When the government was in political trouble over GST and Medicare it saturated the airwaves with "advertising", spending upwards of $20 million.
Advertising agency sources expect the federal government to spend even more on workplace relations in an effort to win back ground after the Minister's own department was sprung forcing new starters to sign individual contracts, and standing over existing staff.
A key element of Andrews' sales pitch has been "freedom of choice" but last week's revelations undermined that position.
The aggressive Chamber of Commerce and Industry has confirmed it will also launch a campaign backing the federal government agenda.
The decision came after a meeting of business heavyweights in Melbourne, last week.
The ACCI was a leading petitioner for a radical rewrite of workplace laws and Andrews has incorporated much of its wish-list in his legislative program.
The organisation is made up of peak bodies representing most Australian employers, including master builders, retailers, airline companies, insurance houses, caterers, hotels, oil companies and the National Farmers Federation.
Chief executive, Peter Hendy, was a staffer with former Workplace Relations Minister, Peter Reith, who played an active role in the 1998 campaign that used mercenaries and dogs against waterfront workers.
Hendy said the big-businesses contribution would be a "campaign of truth".
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