No the sky didnít fall in, but there were an awful lot of acorns falling on Australian workers this week as John Howardís dream of a workplace without rights became a reality.
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.
Doctors Orders - Take a Walke
Teens Changing the Landscape
Voters Desert Howard
Electrical Boss Zaps Safety
Buggers in Office
Pub With No Beer
Telstra's Townsville Shocker
ABCC: Safety a Gas
Rough Night Pays Off
Game, Set, Match Building Workers
Feds AWA Offers No Choice
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Hendersonís unique take on history
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?
The Locker Room
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe
The Earl Speaks
Let Us Rejoice
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Feds AWA Offers No Choice
Public servants say the Federal Government is failing to live up to its own rhetoric on choice, after a Treasury agency offered AWAs to its employees, despite almost 90% of them petitioning for a collective deal.
Shadow IR Minister Stephen Smith questioned Assistant Treasurer Peter Dutton in parliament over moves by the Australian Valuation Office to offer AWAs despite 91 out of 105 employees signing a petition in support of a collective agreement.
Smith asked why employees had been told that because of the WorkChoices legislation, the only option being offered was AWAs and no union involvement.
"How was that greater choice for the Government's own employees?" Asked Smith.
The CPSU says the individual deals cut base pay for junior executive valuers by up to $18,000 a year, from $97,951 in the current agreement to $80,000 under the AWA.
It says the AWA also cuts take-home pay by cutting out entitlements such as access to overtime payment, higher duties allowance, flex time and personal leave.
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