As unions across Australia put up a united front against the Howard IR assault, events across the Pacific serve as a warning of what can happen when individuals start going one out.
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.
Centrelink to Cheat Workers
Foot Soldiers Get Blisters
Feds to Lift Voting Age
Paint It Slack
Hadgkiss in Safety Failure
Freedom to Starve
Police And Thieves
Feds Make Asbestos Blue
Capital Idea Under Threat
Masterton Homes Crumbles
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.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
Keep the Faith
Life on a Low Wage
Seeing the Trees For the Wood
Carnival Comes to Town
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Capital Idea Under Threat
A deal thrashed out between the ACT Government and unions to protect workers rights could be undermined by planned changes to workplace laws.
A memorandum of Understanding between UnionsACT and the territory's government ensures that only companies who have met their industrial relations obligations will be eligible for government contracts.
The memorandum provides an enforceable tool for ensuring that appropriate conditions of employment are a pre-condition of eligibility for companies to tender for contracts.
"These IR obligations are clear," says Peter Malone, secretary of UnionsACT. "They must treat their staff appropriately in terms of wages, workers compensation, collective bargaining and right of entry.
"They can't avoid their obligations."
While UnionsACT have warmly welcomed the agreement they are also warning that the Howard Government's proposed changes to workplace laws could threaten the whole agreement.
"Changes to federal laws could potentially undermine a progressive and cooperative arrangement that only seeks to protect employees," says Malone.
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