The Long March
Half a million Australian workers turn out for the largest industrial protests the nation has ever seen, an old style symbol of resistance linked by new world technology, opposing laws from another galaxy.
Interview: Public Defender
The CPSU's Stephen Jones has confronted the Howard Government's IR agenda at close quarters.
Legal: Craig's Story
An inquest in western NSW is a cautionary tale of the use of AWAs, writes Ian Latham
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
The WorkChoice legislation sends Australia down the wrong economic road by smashing the instittutions that have made it strong, argues Greg Combet.
The Howard Government has shown itself to be the master of illusion, writes Dr Anthony Forsyth
Politics: Queue Jumping
The changes to industrial laws, betray a new vision of Australian society, writes James Gallaway.
History: Iron Heel
Conservative governments using laws to take away basic civil rights. It's nothing new, writes Rowan Cahill
Economics: Waging War
When was the last time you heard an Australian politician talk about incomes policy, asks Matt Thistlethwaite
International: Under Pressure
The push for UN intervention in Burma is intensifying, following a report by Vaclav Havel and Bishop Desmond Tutu into slave labour.
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
More and more people are meeting Billy, the hero of page 15 of the WorkChoices booklet, including our resident bard, David Peetz
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
Nick Cave's "Australian western" touches on some themes still relevant today, Julianne Taverner writes.
Aussies Shrug Off Threats
PM Executes Back Flip
National Rally Boosts Local Action
Restaurateurs Do a Runner
St Hilliers No Angels
Penalties Frozen on Sundaes
Slammer Threat for Operators
Sunday Light on IR Shadows
Sol Dials Up 12,000 Scalps
Boss Likes Women 'Work-Hardened'
Bread Winner on $9 an Hour
King Goes the Gouge
Jo Jacks Up
Currawong Funds for IR Battle
Howard Joins IR Rogues
Activist's What's On!
Men and Women of Australia
What makes a perfect speech? Michael Fullilove has scoured Australian history to find out.
The Locker Room
The Hungry Years
Phil Doyle gets the feeling we’ve been here before
From Little Things
Paul Kelly's song about the battle for land rights misses one important character, writes Graham Ring
Driven to despair
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at Public Private Partnerships, and wonders if we should all just drink rum…
What lucky country
Swimming with Sharks
Save Our Culture
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King Goes the Gouge
Millionaires backing John Howard's IR rewrite are pocketing 16 percent wage increases.
According to a survey published in The Financial Review, last week, the average pay packets of Australian chief executive officers jumped from $1.35 to $1.7 million, last year.
The CEOs double as members of the Business Council of Australia, one of the most aggressive supporters of Howard Government proposals to ditch unfair dismissal rights, hold down the minimum wage, and strip awards back to five minimal standards.
Chief executives, whose increase nearly quadrupled the average movements earned by their employees, have taken the hat around their bosses to drum up a fund to advertise their support for WorkChoices.
The ads indicate that once government enacts their workplace wishlist, they will launch a campaign to slash tax rates for corporates and high income individuals.
Leightons chief executive officer, Wal King, who extracted $36 million from the building company, last financial year, has defended CEO pay levels.
King's income comes to nearly $700,000 a week, compared with the $484 earned by minimum wage Australians that the Business Council says are earning too much.
King is a BCA council member.
Others at the top of the CEO rich list, last year, were News Limited's Rupert Murdoch on $27 million (up 46 percent): Frank Lowy, Westfield Holdings, on $14.6 million (up nearly 10 per cent) and Qantas chief Geoff Dixon $6.1 million (163 percent).
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