It may become the defining irony of the Howard Era that a government that rode to power on the skirt of One Nation and hung there on the bridge of the Tampa is now opening our borders to hordes of low paid guest workers.
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.
Local Jockey Odds Shorten
Conscience II - RU4 Aussie Jobs?
Online Porkies Spark Class Action
Captain Cook Discovers WorkChoices
Skippy's Escape Breaks Law
PM's Pay Day
STOP PRESS - 262 Day Strike Set To Finish
Strike Sticks it to Glue Boss
Fair Pay Chief Wages War
Millionaires Score Tax Break
Memo Costa: Remember Your Roots
Gate Crashing Gourmet
Australia Mum On Basic Rights
Filipinos Pay for Packed House
Son of Wal-Mart Pinged $2M
Trust Me, I’m a Unionist
Activist's Whats On!
Hitler in Bowral
Political censorship has made its wasy to the sleepy Southern Highlands, wrties Rowan Cahill.
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No Laughing Matter
Phil Doyle tries to take Australian sportspeople seriously, and fails.
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Captain Cook Discovers WorkChoices
Suspicion is growing that Captain Cook Cruises is endeavouring to be Australia's first employer to use John Howard's new work laws to cut workers rights.
The Maritime Union smelt a rat after the company made a bizarre bid to strike a three-month non-union agreement rather than negotiate with its workers.
The company is refusing to negotiate with the MUA despite requests from a largely casualised workforce who want the union to act as their bargaining agent.
"We've got a lot of members who are employed at Captain Cook Cruises and they want us to represent them in this dispute," says MUA Sydney branch secretary Robert Coombs.
Following the company's attempts to register the three-month non-union agreement the Maritime Union was granted leave to give reasons why it should be a party to the agreement.
"No one wants a three-month agreement, unless they've got an ulterior motive," Coombs, said.
Captain Cook Cruises then attempted to withdraw its application for the EBA but was stopped by Commissioner Raffielli who decided to hear the matter at a later date.
Coombs says this shows how Captain Cook Cruises is prepared to put up every obstacle it can to avoid negotiations and suggested that the company was simply waiting until the regulations were in place so that it could take advantage of WorkChoices.
Workers Online contacted Anthony Howarth CEO of Captain Cook Cruises but he was unavailable for comment.
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