Howard’s Secret War
There are two wars being waged against Australian workers right now.
Interview: Under Fire
Michael Crosby outlines his agenda to save the movement – and explains why Australians have nothing to fear from the SEIU.
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Wal King, Allan Moss, Roger Corbett, Chip Goodyear, Michael Chaney and David Murray have lots in common, writes Jim Marr.
Labour lawyer Clive Thompson argues the changes to IR are fundamentally at odds with the national tradition of consesensus.
Economics: The Common Wealth
As the policy wonks debate the future of our cities, Neale Towart mounts a simple argument: It’s the real people in a society, stupid
History: Walking for Justice
The Eight Hour Day, a very Australian celebration, had its origins in New Zealand it seems, writes Neale Towart.
International: Deja Vu
A group of trade unions have walked away from America's peak council, again. Labourstart's Eric Lee was there.
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Terror laws have sparked a fresh debate on a Bill of Rights - and workers have a bigger stake than ever before, writes Rachael Osman-Chin.
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Russell trades the phone for mitts in an inspiring cinematic slug-fest. Nathan Brown is ringside
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
Mel Cheal asks who Howard thinks he is kidding to the tune of the ‘Dad’s Army’ theme song.
Call Centre Dials Up Future
Greenfields Become Cotton Fields
PM Endorses Billy Boy Tactics
Stats Go Missing
Paper Tiger in Protection Racket
Thugs Are Go!
Usual Suspects Bite Employers
Pay Boss Opposed Living Wage
Tele Enlists Boss’ Family
Entitlements Go AWAy
State Employees in Limbo
Activist’s What’s On!
No Place For A Woman!
Doreen Borrow spoke to the Public Service Association’s women’s conference in September about her experiences of working life that span seven decades.
North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.
The Locker Room
In which Whatsisname slams the recent poor form of Thingummyjig.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West MLC, gets all casual in his latest missive from the Bear Pit.
Hooray for Robots
Good Guy Done Bad
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Good Guy Done Bad
THE LAW HAS NOT YET CHANGED, BUT MY EMPLOYER HAS ALREADY TRIED TO BULLY ME INTO ACCEPTING 10 CENTS PER ANNUM IN EXCHANGE FOR RECEIVING MY HOLIDAY LOADING IN MY HOURLY RATE. WHEN I REFUSED, HE CONSIDERED THAT I DID NOT UNDERSTAND. I ASSURED HIM I UNDERSTOOD ALL RIGHT. HE THEN TRIED AGAIN THE NEXT DAY, BULLY TACTICS. HE THEN SAID HE WOULD DO IT ANYWAY. I SAID GO AHEAD AND HAD TO REMIND HIM THAT I HAD A CONTRACT THAT I WOULD WORK UNDER THE STATE CLERKS AWARD. UNFORTUNETLY THE AWARD WILL IN ITSELF PUSH PEOPLE TO INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTS. BUT I HELD THE LINE AND REFUSED. MY EMPLOYER HAS A REPUTTATION OF NOT GIVING SACKED WORKERS THEIR LEGAL ENTITLEMENTS AND CONSIDEDRED IF I LEFT I WOULD NOT RECEIVE MY LOADING, AS I WOULD HAVE AGREED TO IT BEING IN AN HOURLY RATE. I MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT I WAS NOT GIVING UP AN AWARD RIGHT FOR 10 CENTS PER ANNUM.
MIND YOU MY BOSS SAID THAT HE WAS THE GOOD GUY. I WOULD HATE TO SEE THE BAD ONE.
UNFORTUNETLY THE PREDOMINANTLY YOUNG WORK FORCE DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND HAVE JUST GONE ALONG WITH IT. GIVING AWAY BARGANING CHIPS IS NOT THE WAY TO WIN.
LONE SOLDIER, NSW
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