Home Ground Advantage
American pollster Vic Fingerhut has been in Australia this week with a reassuring message to the labour movement - it's OK to stand up for what you believe in - and it might even win you elections.
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.
PM Rallies on Spin
Crafty Boss Bytes Staff
Andrews Faces "Thuggery" Challenge
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Boeing Hits Turbulence
Whole Truth Eludes Rev Kev
Correct Weight Caulfield
Business Nervous Over IR Changes
Last Weekend Gets a Lift
Free Pass for Death Doctors
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.
Do It Yourself?
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
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Business Nervous Over IR Changes
Employers won’t consider taking on more staff, even when the Howard Government makes it easier for them to fire people, a survey has found.
More than 80 per cent of businesses questioned in the Dun and Bradstreet survey said they had no intention to employ new staff, despite the government's plan to make it harder for employees to claim unfair dismissal.
The survey blows out of the water the government's claim more jobs will be created because of their changes.
Businesses' sales and profit expectations were found to be at their lowest in 14 years, which flies in the face of the government's claims workplace reform is a cure-all for the economy.
Dun and Bradstreet Australasia chief executive officer Christine Christian said businesses were adopting a wait and see approach during the increased economic uncertainty.
"There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment which has led to many businesses deciding to hold off on any major decisions about employment or capital investment," Christian said.
The uncertainty goes beyond business with consumers also worried about workplace reform.
A separate Westpac-Melbourne Institute survey found consumer confidence was 10 per cent lower than the same time last year.
Westpac's chief economist Bill Evans told a Sydney newspaper this week though the London bombings had dented confidence, the survey revealed uncertainty among consumers about industrial relations.
"Consumer unease with the industrial relations legislation is likely to persist for some time," Evans said.
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