A Free Vote
This week’s charade of the Senate amending the Howard Government’s workplace laws raises fundamental questions about the sort of democracy Australia has become.
Interview: The Binds That Tie
Dr Don Edgar has demolished the Prime Minister's credentials as a family man.
Unions: Worth Cycling For
Pedal power joined the Your Rights At Work campaign on a 350km journey to take a message to Canberra’s politicians, wrties Phil Doyle.
Industrial: The Elephant in the Corner
Jim Marr takes a look at what the government has secreted away in the WorkChoices package, revealing what is really at stake - and what can be done about it.
Legal: A Law Unto Themselves
In this extract from the Evatt Foundation's 'State of the States' Jeff Shaw & Monika Ciolek look at the constitutional issues rasied by WorkChoices.
Politics: Ethically Lonely
At a forum in the Australian Stock Exchange sponsored by big end of town solicitors, you would expect at least one person to be in favour of John Howard’s industrial relations laws, wrties Rachael Osman-Chin.
History: Women, Unions, Banners and Parades
Trade union banners reveal more about union history than their male designers and makers intended, writes Neale Towart.
Women: Relaxed and Comfortable?
Suzanne Hammond from WEL argues there are many hidden nasties in WorkChoices for working women.
International: The Last Social Democrat
A trade union leader's victory marks beginning of class politics in Israel, wrties Eric Lee
Review: The Corpse Bride
Come to a world where decay, loss and broken dreams are everywhere - and it's not the Federal Senate.
Culture: Tony Moore Holds His Own
In his new book, Tony Moore argues that today's generation of political leaders has much to learn from Bazza McKenzie.
Read His Lips: WorkChoices Too Much
Joyce A Christmas Goose
Workers Leave Boss in Tool Shed
Costello Chokes On Asbestos Compo
Telstra Hangs Up on Former Staff
Bank Check on Bras
Bill of Work Rights on Agenda
Funny Film - Scary Message
Sign Of the Times
Unions Chip In for Lauren
Company Raids Own Ship
Activist's What's On!
Whitefellas - You Just Can’t Trust ‘Em.
Racial stereotyping is a bad business. That said, Graham Ring has discovered a segment of society that drinks too much, behaves unreliably and can’t seem to adapt to change. Sadly, the conclusion is inescapable…
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle slices one into the car park.
Million Mum March
The Westie Wing
Ian West makes a midnight dash to Workers Online, slides his State political report under the door, then heads back to the Macquarie Street Chamber of Horrors…
John Bares All
Tom A World Away
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Workers Leave Boss in Tool Shed
A hardware distribution company is refusing to withdraw official warnings it gave to more than 90 staff for attending the November 15 Day of Protest.
The National Union of Workers took John Danks and Son to the Industrial Relations Commission to have the warnings withdrawn, but the company is refusing to budge.
NUW spokesman Mark Ptolemy said it was likely the matter would go to arbitration. "It looks like the company will fight this all the way," he said.
Danks, which operates a warehouse in Western Sydney, issued the warnings eight days after the protest.
The warning stated attending the rally was "in breach of your contractual obligations to John Danks and Son Pty Ltd."
To make matters worse, a delegate was told he had no right to advocate on behalf of their fellow workers during disciplinary meetings.
NUW organiser Steve Cain said company management seemed to be "spoiling for a fight" which could be avoided if they came to their senses.
"The workers at Danks are not antagonistic towards the company, in fact, it is the other way around," Cain said.
"It was the workers' democratic right to join the rally on the 15th of November, however, it seems the company has no respect for their rights at all."
The matter will return to the Commission this week before Justice Kavanagh.
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