The truth has been breaking out in all sorts of strange places this week.
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.
Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Postís dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameronís demise may be premature
Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy
International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility
Politics: Howardís Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a Ďcultural museumí.
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.
Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.
Wipeout: Minchin Surfs New Wave
Scoop-idity: How The Truth Was Nicked
Howard's Bastard Under Lock and Key
Bank Shops Skilled Workers
Debnam Dogs on Libs
Jacko: "I'm Bad"
Computer Strike Could Crash System
Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold
Andrews Cops Legal Buffeting
Brough Love for Women
CFMEU Aids Escape
Hunt on for Asbestos Crims
Unions Counsel Queen
Guests Get Pizza Topping
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Guests Get Pizza Topping
Filipino guest workers are celebrating after Zeffirelli's pizza restaurant in Canberra was ordered by the Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to pay $5000 in back pay.
The workers are now camping outside the Department of Immigration over red-tape stopping them from taking up new jobs.
"Bureaucracy is now stopping many of these mistreated workers from taking up new jobs which the LHMU has now organised," says David Bibo, LHMU ACT Hospitality Union organiser. "Delays have stretched out to two to three weeks before the new sponsoring employers are cleared. Our people cannot work legally with these good bosses until the clearance is received.
"We've taken the hard yards to clean up the mess created by the irresponsible hospitality bosses and the Department. The Department of Immigration should cut the red tape - or we might lose these jobs too."
The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations found the workers had their wages effectively cut by half because of unauthorised expenses deducted, and non-payment of Award entitlements, by their employer, restaurant.
The workers were among 30 Filipino cooks and restaurant staff who arrived last September to work as short-term skilled labour.
"The employer has breached virtually all aspects of the Award," says Bibo said, adding that a wage case involving another two Canberra restaurants would be determined this week.
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