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.
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Unions Back After This Break
An attempt to make the first non-union TV ad in Australia since 1992 fell apart when a vocal demonstration proved to be too noisy for producers to shoot the commercial.
A hastily assembled picket in Waterloo by around 30 members of Equity and other unionists sang, yelled, whistled and whooped outside the location of the shoot for Quaker's Oats.
It took just 20 minutes before producers caved, agreeing to move performers onto the Equity contract.
The US production company previously insisted that Equity's Offshore Commercial Contract would not be used to engage performers.
Equity hailed the result as a major victory yesterday in securing decent pay and conditions for performers working on a US offshore commercial production.
The contract they offered performers provided lower fees, residual payments and superannuation than those specified in the union-negotiated Offshore Commercials Agreement.
"This proves that if members take action, and take it quickly, they can get results," says Simon Whipp, Director of Equity. "It sends a strong message not only to local producers, but to offshore producers that if they wish to work in NSW, they must do so on a union basis."
The Equity division of MEAA only had a few hours notice of where Shalala Productions was making the commercial for release in the American market.
Whipp expressed thanks to all those who attended the protest and said that Equity would remain vigilant about other attempts at non-union productions.
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