Lord of the Lobster Legs
It was probably only shame that prompted the Prime Minister to drag himself away from a $250 per head fundraiser to meet with a group of emergency workers in Wollongong this week. But, this in itself may be a development.
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.
Family Grieves an Enterprise Worker
All Quiet in Dandenong
Hotline Gets Wires Crossed
High Flyer Crashes Families
Bolt Strikes Lecturer
Good Heavens - Della Plays Santa
Maori Take Challenge to Canberra
Drips Fail Water Test
Hardie Shuts the Door
Hadgkiss Threatens Protesters
Army Fires Salvo
The Munro Doctrine
IR Sparks Emergency Call
Tassie Jobs Hit By Truck
Canberra Coy on Promised Statements
Inquiry to Speak No Evil
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.
Sacking For Dummies
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West MLC, gets all casual in his latest missive from the Bear Pit.
Thus Spake Sydney Uni
Vote 1 Dictator
Buying peace Of Mind
Rev Kev Speaks
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Sacking For Dummies
Big or small (Business) it will become easier to terminate employees more easily - the PM wants flexibility.
I would like to bet that the following methods will be quickly incorporated into management practices once IR reforms are passed. In fact, they are already being used quite widely.
However, the reforms will simply make it much easier by removing the protections that allow employees to challenge management's decision to terminate.
The following can be used individually or in combination:
a. The said employee was terminated as a result of corporate restructure;
b. The said employee was terminated within their probationary period, therefore, we are not required to 'show cause';
c. The said employee made claims of harassment and/or discrimination, however, our own internal investigation concluded that that the allegations were unsubstantiated by evidence. We have offered said employee a termination package as part of our good will and said employee has accepted.
Special note, when attempting to convince employees of the merit of AWA's please list those employees who refuse to sign as we can organise a corporate restructure for those who oppose the move, which will allow us finalise agreements with those who are willing to participate - remember, however, AWA's cannot be forced.
John McPhilbin, NSW
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