The Heart of the Matter
Senators Steve Fielding and Barnaby Joyce are right to quibble over the futures of Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
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.
Carr Fingers Feds
Boeing Scabs Take Flight
Billion Dollar Blow Hards
Door Closes on Foot Soldier
Andrews Ropes In Footy
Gooooood Morning Sydney!
Posties Bite Back
Choice Myth Busted Again
Dumb and DEWR
Combet: Business Can't Be Trusted
Telstra Burns Bush
Detective on Death Site
States of Disunity
A Turbulent Decade
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 take your Gunns to town
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
Poetry in motion
Losing the faith
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Dumb and DEWR
As workers in Kevin Andrews’ Workplace Relations Department embark on a further round of industrial action, another federal agency has joined the crusade to force workers onto individual contracts.
Department of Workplace Relations employees have voted to take industrial action this week to force the Government to back away from its ideological agenda.
The CPSU has been negotiating a new enterprise agreement with DEWR since last year.
The department improved its pay offer and salary progression following a union campaign last month, but it is still holding out on access to the Industrial Relations Commission and its policy of employing all new staff on AWAs.
People can support DEWR employees in their campaign for a fair agreement by sending a protest letter to Andrews. Visit http://www.cpsu.org.au/campaigns/DEWR/protest/index.html for more information.
Meanwhile, Centrelink has been advertising for graduate jobs with "a generous remuneration package ... depending on your qualifications, an Australian Workplace Agreement and a permanent full-time job."
Centrelink has also been holding out on an enterprise agreement with its staff and have been active in pushing the Government's AWA agenda.
Longtime union and left activist HT Lee died in Melbourne this week from complications arising out of heart surgery.
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