It has been a sad spectacle watching a Labor Government run down public servants, as they have in NSW this week.
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.
Taskforce Shrugs Bashed Teen Worker
Car Plant Puts Pedal to Metal
Call Me Now: Rev Kev
Fat Boss Sings
Unions Back After This Break
Public Cuts Must Be Last
Apprentices Grow Up
‘Castle Win Keeps Trains On Track
Chicken Worker Stuffed
‘Revolving Gangplank' at Sydney Ferries
NSW Councils Short $21 billion
Activists 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.
Lest We Forget
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Fat Boss Sings
Workers at the Sydney Opera House will be picketing opera-goers after being told they have to sign non-union contracts that strip them of up to $20,000 a year, or face the sack.
US multinational United Group Services, has told the workers, including 38-year veteran, Steve Tsoukalas, who built the icon, to take the pay cut and brush the union they wants to keep his job.
The existing union delegate and another worker, on light duties after being injured in an accident on the site, have been told they will not be employed.
The workers and their union, the CFMEU, have a collective agreement with the existing contractor, Lucas Stuart, who is to be punted by Opera House management in favour of United Group Services, who are expected to post a 2005-2006 annual net profit of more than $70 million.
"Injured workers need to be assisted with rehabilitation and returned to work, not sacked because of injury," says Andrew Ferguson, NSW secretary of the CFMEU. "Profits should not be made at the expense of workers dignity."
"Loyal employees need to be treated with respect and not forced to work on unfair individual contracts. We need to stop this abuse of power."
The CFMEU is calling for all patrons of the Sydney Opera House to assist the campaign for justice and decency.
Details of the campaign can be found at the CFMEU website at www.cfmeu-construction-nsw.com.
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