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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All Aboard Vic Safety Train
Australian bosses want the right to sack trade apprentices as soon as they come off taxpayer-subsidised rates.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry blames the skills crisis on the difficulty employers face in sacking apprentices once they come out of their time.
The ACCI is demanding that the government strip apprentices of the right to claim unfair dismissal.
The call is part of a "barriers to training" report written for the Department of Education, Science and Training and follows a number of successful unfair dismissal claims by sacked apprentices.
But AMWU National President Julius Roe says the proposal would advantage unscrupulous bosses who use apprentices for cheap labour and to benefit from government incentives.
"Unfortunately there are some employers abusing subsidies for training apprentices without making any commitments to further employment," Roe said.
Roe says the proposal would actually drive people away from apprenticeships.
"The proposal that ACCI has been pursuing vigorously will undermine the quality of apprenticeships and their attractiveness to young people," Roe said.
"It would make the skill shortage worse. Why would someone sign up to something for a long period on low pay with no reasonable prospects for long term employment?"
The Federal Government will spend more than $500 million this year on "incentives", including cash-handouts to employers, under its New Apprentice scheme.
Roe says the Government should be considering more certainty for apprentices if they want to attract people to trades.
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