The Power of One
The power has now shifted. John Howard has control of the Senate by a solitary vote and no matter where your politics lie, the earth has definitely moved.
Interview: On Holiday
Historian Richard White looks back on the Aussie vacation - and finds a way of life is under threat.,
Unions: One Day Longer
Nathan Brown travels to the Boeing picket line and find a group of workers with a steely determination to stick together.
Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Jim Marr plays the Howard Government's industrial relations spin job on its merits.
Politics: Spun Out
Canberra’s latest campaign underlines the need for controls over government advertising, according to Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham
Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
Evan Jones explains how the way we purchase alcolohol reflects the type of economy we live in.
History: Taking a Stand
Neale Towart looks at two books that chronicle how to build community support against social injustice.
International: The Split
Amanda Tattersal outsider's account of an insider's shake-out at the AFL-CIO Convention 2005
Legal: Pushing the Friendship
George Williams argues that the federal government’s constitutional powers are not sufficient to enact a comprehensive national industrial relations scheme
Poetry: Simple Subtractions
The latest blitz of taxpayer-funded advertising has revealed a crisis of arithmetic in government ranks has moved resident bard David Peetz to prose.
Review: Sydney Trashed
Sydney band SC Trash are on a mission to give new life to folk and country music – and the politics of common sense. Nathan Brown had a beer with them
“Disgusting” AWAs Court Out
Andrews Agenda Rolled in DEWR
Sick Days Get Hadgkiss Sniffing
Fun Guy Skips Work, Docks Staff
Nurse Launches Neighbourhood Alert
Security Staff Bush Whacked
Commo Bank Staff Force Smiles
Cameron Gets ‘Fair Dinkum’
Feds: Inconsistency “Not Inconsistent”
Telstra Dials Up Cash Grab
Howard Votes Family Last
PacNat Troops Won't Be Railroaded
All Aboard Vic Safety Train
Activist's What's On!
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, goes away for a couple of weeks and look what happens…
The Last Weekend
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson's speech to the Last Weekend - how the Howard government laws will undermine the Ausrtalian way of life.
The Locker Room
A Concept Is Born
In which Phil Doyle helps the proponents of the vision thing across the road.
Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions
Farmers’ Best Friend
During his recent stay in London IEU industrial officer John Shapiro was living only a few hundred metres from the site of one of the bomb blasts.
Govt Has No Case
Logon to IR
Ears and Minds
Howard on the Couch
Kevin the Tool Man
Tom On Safety
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Andrews Agenda Rolled in DEWR
Thousands of public servants have knocked off an AWA-driven campaign to undermine their wages and conditions.
CPSU members at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations secured an in-principle deal, last week, that will maintain their access to the AIRC and deliver average 16 percent wage increases, over three years.
The agreement came eight months after their last EBA expired and followed a campaign of sporadic industrial action.
CPSU spokesperson, Stephen Jones, said the agreement was "very pleasing" and hailed the role of delegates and activists in rolling back the department's politically-motivated campaign.
"It's clear public sector workers are going to have to fight for their rights at work. If we are strategic and determined we can win."
During the 12-month stand-off, the CPSU accused DEWR or running its Minister Kevin Andrews' anti-union agenda.
The department initially rejected a union agreement but workers responded by overwhelmingly voting down its non-union alternative.
DEWR made AWAs compulsory for new starters, despite Prime Ministerial assurances that workers would be able to choose between collective agreements and government-favoured secret, individual contracts.
The final sticking point was its refusal to allow staff to put workplace disputes before the Industrial Relations Commission for resolution.
DEWR folded on that position, last week.
Workers Online understands the three-year wage settlement, built on a 12 percent floor, gives people under the collective agreement parity with those on AWAs.
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