Revenge of the Footy Dads
The release of the second wave of ACTU TV advertising last weekend continues to take the debate around industrial relations into the broader community Ė and specifically the nationís footy grounds.
Interview: Polar Eclipse
Academic David McKnight challenges some sacred cows in his new book "Beyond Left and Right".
Industrial: Wrong Turn
Radical labour reform is on the horizon but some workers, like Sydney bus driver Yvonne Carson, have seen it all before, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Star Support
It wasn't just families who backed workers' rights at The Last Weekend, but a bunch of musicians who set the tone, writes Chrissy Layton.
Workplace: Checked Out
Glenda Kwek asks you to consider the plight of the retail worker, and shares some of her experiences
Economics: Sold Out
The Future Fund and industrial relations reform are favourite projects of the PM and the Treasurer. Both are speculations on the future and the only guarantee with them is that you will be worse off, writes Neale Towart.
Politics: Green Banned
The impact of new building industry laws wonít be confined to one industry, writes CFMEU national secretary John Sutton.
History: Potted History
Lithgow is a place with a proud history as a union town. The origins of broader community solidarity lie in the early industrial development of the town and the development of unions. The Lithgow Pottery dispute of 1890 was a key event.
International: Curtain Call
The curtains have opened for East Timorís young theatre performers, thanks to a Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA project.
Review: Little Fish
At last! An Aussie film with substance, suspense and a serious dose of reality, writes Lucy Muirhead
Poetry: Slug A Worker
In a shock development, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave a ringing endorsement to the poetry pages of Workers Online, writes resident bard David Peetz.
Brazilians Score at Rocky
PM Discounts Fair Go
Centrelink Crashes Internet
On Yer Bikes
Road Toll Off The Rails
Part-Timers in Bank Heist
Itís Eight Against Eight
OEA Says Plaque You
Kez and Rupe Tighten Grip
Feds Get Blank Cheque
Rev Kev Absolves Killers
Turning Business Upside Down
Stink Over CountryLink Shrink
Nurses Brush Sick Offer
Men Make Permanent Choice
Activist's What's On!
New Senator Stephen Fielding turned a few heads with his Maiden Speech to Parliament.
The Locker Room
The New World Order
Phil Doyle declares himself unavailable for the fifth and deciding test.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, reports from the NSW Government's Safety Summit
Four Cornered Rat
On The Bus
A bright orange bus travelling the state has become the focus of the campaign against federal IR changes. Nathan Brown was on board.
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Turning Business Upside Down
A group of Victorian academics want Australian business practices turned on their head.
Members of Monash University's business school say scandals such as James Hardie, and corporate collapses like One.Tel and Ansett are proof corporations should put employees, unions and environmental groups on an equal footing with shareholders.
"Directors could also be permitted to place stakeholders' interests ahead of shareholders where the company's reputation or long-term viability would be at risk if the directors failed to do so," they say in their submission to a senate inquiry into corporate responsibility.
The academics say current corporate law leaves employees vulnerable.
"Despite their enormous investment of 'human capital' in the firms for which they work, employees are still largely regarded as 'outsiders' by company law - with none of the information rights and measures to protect their interests enjoyed by 'insiders' such as shareholders and secured creditors," they say.
Most controversially, the academics advocate directors be directed to consider the interests of employees, creditors, consumers and environmental groups in their decision making, even in circumstances where it conflicts with the interests of shareholders and maximising profits.
Other submissions to the inquiry, including one by the ACTU, also point to infamous events such as the James hardy scandal as grounds for change, although not as radical a change as proposed by the Monash business school.
The ACTU says the difficulty asbestos victims have had in getting compensation from James Hardy illustrates the need for companies to not be allowed to set up systems of corporate entities that deliberately frustrate rightful compensation claims.
The ACTU also wants the federal government to encourage states and territories to make corporations subject to criminal laws relating to intentionally negligent or reckless causation of injury or death.
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