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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Labor Council of NSW
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IT Workers Alliance
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Telstra Dials Up Cash Grab
Australia’s largest company is using labour hire firms to try and slash up to $9 an hour out of workers’ pay packets.
Hundreds of employees of BDS Recruit, Telstra's largest labour hire supplier, are considering industrial action in an effort to stave off massive cash grabs.
Last week, the company revealed plans to cut earnings by between $3.30 and $9 an hour.
BDS Recruit supplies labour to Telstra for work on its phone network infrastructure, mobile phone tower and broadband service.
Telstra was an early and enthusiastic user of Howard Government laws that attacked wages and job security.
It introduced thousands of AWAs, sacked tens of thousands of workers, and contracted out thousands more positions to ready itself for John Howard's promised privatisation.
While its labour hire provider was moving to slash wages, Telstra announced a $4.4 billion profit and confirmed its new American CEO, Sol Trujillo, would trouser more than $11 million a year.
ETU Queensland secretary, Dick Williams, said it was a foretaste of what would we tried on once the Howard Government titled laws further in employers' favour.
"It just defies belief that, in the face of irrefutable evidence, the Prime Minister and his supporters continue to say their proposed changes are about higher wages and greater prosperity for working people," Williams said.
BDS employees were holding meetings, or telephone hook-ups, around Australia, last week.
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