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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Entitlements Go AWAy
A Sydney building company has been caught out offering an AWA that strips a worker of most entitlements and replaces them with a single hourly rate.
In return for trading in sick pay, holiday pay, rostered days off, public holidays, overtime, leave loading, meal and tool allowances, travel allowance, long service leave except that provided by the NSW Long Service Board and redundancy payments, Ian Reynolds Building Pty Ltd offered a worker $20 per hour.
CFMEU Sydney organiser Tony Papa said the offer fell well short of provisions under the award and enterprise agreements.
"Under an enterprise agreement he would be paid $19.09 an hour, $3.50 an hour productivity payment, $25 a day travel allowance, $2 an hour site allowance," Papa said.
"And that's not including things such as sick pay and annual leave."
Papas said the AWA also fell short of health and safety provisions.
The agreement states: "Shoes to be removed at all times when working in occupied houses".
"What it's saying is don't drop anything on your foot because you won't be covered by workers compensation," Papas said.
"All it does is talk about the client, which isn't bad, but it makes little mention of the worker's rights."
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