The tragic bombings in London may knock industrial relations off the front pages over the next few days, but it is unlikely to end the groundswell of opposition to the Howard Government's mad grab at workers' rights.
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.
Then There Were Three
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OEA Invokes Sgt Schultz
CFMEU Resists Standover Tactics
Tall Tales and Two
Corrine Throws Stones
Cardinal Adds Weight to Concerns
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16 Hours to Recover Worker
Choice Gets Confusing
Attack Derailed In Qld
PM Pulls Rank On Ads
HT Lee Gravely Ill
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.
Don’t Call Me Customer
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
Do It Yourself?
Vale the Eight Hour Day
The vision thing
Campaign Pushes Right Buttons
It’s Time to Punt the PM
Bob Each Way
Hits the Mark
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Attack Derailed In Qld
Queensland Rail has assured its 13,000 employees it will not use the Federal Government’s new industrial relations laws against them.
Chief Executive Bob Scheuber made the statement following agreements between Queensland rail workers and the Beattie government.
The agreement commits QR to not use the Federal workplace law changes to take away basic rights at work, reduce employees' wages and conditions or restrict union access to workplaces.
The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has commended Queensland Rail, but has warned that this agreement alone will not be enough to fully protect Queensland rail workers.
"Some of the potential amendments to the Federal Industrial Relations Legislative are outside the control of both QR and the Union," says RTBU Queensland secretary Owen Doogan. "For instance, the position of QR in respect of remaining within the State Industrial Relations system will not even be a consideration to the Federal Government.
"It will be hard for QR to be competitive in the future if the Federal Industrial Relations changes result in reduction in the wages and conditions of employees throughout Australia."
Doogan also pointed to the impact on society as a whole, particularly the next generation that would be faced with being forced to accept individual contracts in many places where proper Award or Enterprise Agreement conditions currently exist.
"It is important that we continue with the campaign to unite the union movement with other community groups in Australia to send a message to the Federal Government that the attack on workers conditions will not be tolerated by Australians," says Doogan.
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