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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Tele Enlists Boss’ Family
When Sydney’s biggest newspaper went hunting for a worker to back John Howard’s IR rewrite, the best it could come up with was the boss’ sister.
Surprise over the "waitress" featured on the front page of the Daily Telegraph the day after Howard's latest IR announcement turned to cynicism when it was revealed her employers were her brothers.
Betty Wehbe, who works at Parramatta's Ray & Lou's Café, was touted as a waitress who "approved of the changes" and was keen to trade in her holidays for extra money.
However, while Ms Wehbe does waitress at the café, it has emerged that she is not a mere employee.
Ray and Lou's Café is owned by her brothers and local business identities, Louis, Ray and Joe Wehbe.
Ms Wehbe and her friend Richard Daha, who owns the Have If Off hairdressing salon in Parramatta, repeatedly refused to confirm whether she was related to the three men who ran the café.
"I don't want anything to do with this," said Ms Wehbe.
Mr Daha, who strongly approves of the proposed workplace changes, contacted Workers Online to complain that he has enormous trouble finding hairdressers whose lifestyles he approves of.
"All they want to do is the work they have to do, get paid and go to clubs," he said.
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