The long hot summer, the calm before the storm, is finally passed; and as March 1 approaches the new world of work is looming and the extent of the attack on organised labour is becoming clear.
Interview: Court's in Session
As the silks line up to challenge WorkChoices, Jeff Shaw is fighting for his own legacy - the NSW IR system.
Industrial: Whose Choices?
The Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation has been dissected by lawyers and the commentariat; now it's the turn of political economists.
Politics: Peter's Principles
Forget John Howard. The force behind WorkChoices is Peter Costello. The Prime Minister-in-waiting has devoted a lifetime to undermining the security and living standards of Australian families, Jim Marr reports.
Environment: TINA or Greener?
What does the greenhouse effect and legislation to control workers have in common, asks Neale Towart
History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
Power. They have it, we want it. Friendly societies tried to keep it for working people, writes Neale Towart
International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
The US Government has refused to allow France's most famous farmer Jose Bove into the country to address a conference
Education: No AWA - No Job
The Howard Government has given the Australian community its first view of the future by forcing new staff at Ballarat University to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement if they want a job, writes Jenny Macklin.
Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
The writings of a Middle Eastern theologian may provide guidance to those grappling with indigenous issues, writes Graham Ring
Review: Charlie the Serf
Nathan Brown takes the sledgehammer (and sickle) to Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Capital Punishment on the Menu
Della Builds Fortress NSW
Unfair Sackings Face Challenge
Slave Contractors Sprung
Holden's Bad Deal for Adelaide
ACCI Never Sleeps
STOP PRESS: Guest Worker Plan Goes to Water
Taking a Punt on Melbourne Cup
Backlash on Job Cuts
Howard Coy on Ad Orgy
Newcastle Rails Against Contracts
Union Man Eyes Cuts
Free Enterprise Kills Hundreds
Aussie Icon Moves to China
Activist's What's On!
Hitler in Bowral
Political censorship has made its wasy to the sleepy Southern Highlands, wrties Rowan Cahill.
The Locker Room
No Laughing Matter
Phil Doyle tries to take Australian sportspeople seriously, and fails.
The Best for the Best
The Westie Wing
Ian West is mistakenly sent an advance copy of John Winston Howard’s Little Blue Book of Australian History…
Belated Merry Whatmas?
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
I Think Therefore I Scam
A Taxing Answer
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Aussie Icon Moves to China
The exodus of manufacturing jobs from Australia has spread to food, with Aussie icon Vegemite to soon display a “Made in China” label.
Vegemite manufacturer, Kraft, will sack 151 workers at its Broadmeadows plant in Victoria, moving the jobs to Asia.
The workers are the latest victims of Howard government policy, which sees 1,178 manufacturing jobs disappear each week.
The Broadmeadows plant has manufactured brands such as Captain's Table crackers, Premium crisp bread and In A Biskit for over 40 years.
"Thirty years on this job and now my job has gone to China," said one worker upon hearing the news.
Kraft, owned by US-owned tobacco and food giant Altria, warned of an "ongoing company-wide review" of its Australian operations, including the Port Melbourne factory that makes Vegemite and peanut butter.
The AMWU has slammed the lack of consultation over the decision, calling for workers to be compensated.
"They told us they were taking the product to China," said AMWU organiser Tony Mavromatis. "Already 20,000 Victorian manufacturing jobs have disappeared in the last year alone.
"Who will be next?"
"The Federal Government has announced that WorkChoices will create jobs, but where are these jobs going to be?"
The situation at the Kraft plant in Port Melbourne continues to be monitored.
In the absence of Commonwealth action, unions, industry groups and state governments will form a policy this year in an attempt to stem the flow of manufacturing overseas.
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