Geoff Dixon is shorthand for the Howard decade.
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.
Mum Rains on Howard's Parade
Aussie Rorts on Korean Tele
Hardcorp Romp: All the Goss
Holiday Win for Thousands
Della Exposes Rip-Offs
Commission Plugs Job Cuts
Sweatshop Workers Hit the Catwalk
Libs Beg For Worker's Dosh
Skills Base Up In The Air
Bakers Deal Short On Bread
Captain Cook Runs Away
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.
Belly Tells It Like It Is
The Westie Wing
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Della Exposes Rip-Offs
NSW bosses are using individual contracts to strip up to $600 out of workers pay packets every week.
Community workers earning $1566 a week on collective agreements are being offered $938 on individual contracts while chefs on $1069 are being offered $749, according to data released by NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca.
"Now more than ever, workers need to be fully aware of their entitlements, many of which will be lost if they're forced onto individual contracts as a result of the Commonwealth's Work Choices," says Della Bosca.
Even before the Howard Government's Work Choices laws come into effect, the NSW Office of Industrial Relations found workers are already being asked to sign away pay and conditions.
"Many of the AWAs examined so far have stripped away penalties for shift work, overtime, paid public holidays, provisions for jury service, bereavement leave, annual leave loading and meal, uniform and travel allowances."
The statistics emerged following the establishment of the NSW Government's Fair Go Advisory Service, launched by Premier Iemma last year.
The service features:
· a hotline for information on current award entitlements
· a checklist of issues to consider before signing an AWA
· a statewide program of seminars on the impact of the Work Choices
· a range of web resources and publications.
Mr Della Bosca said the Compare What's Fair calculator would allow users to judge an Australian Workplace Agreement against existing state awards
Compare What's Fair is located on the Office of Industrial Relations website at www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au
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