The Cowra Clause
The plight of the Cowra meatworkers is a fitting illustration of the way the new industrial laws will fundamentally shift the balance of relations in the Australian workplace.
Interview: Head On
John Buchanan has been warning that WorkChoices would be a car crash. Now he surveys the damage.
Unions: Do You Have a Moment?
CFMEU Mining national secretary Tony Maher lets fly at the new industrial laws.
Industrial: Vital Signs
In his new book, Craig Emerson argues that destroying unionism will not be in Australia's long term interests.
Economics: Taxing Times
Frank Stilwell argues that there are progressive alternatives to the slash and burn approach to tax reform.
Environment: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Don't let anyone tell you that jobs and the environment are opposities, argues Neale Towart.
History: Melbourne’s Hours
Neale Towart reluctantly pays homage to Victoria's celebration of the eight hour day.
Immigration: Opening the Floodgates
John Howard is deciding more and more foreign workers should come into this country - without the rights of citizenship, writes John Sutton,
Review: Pollie Fiction
For someone barely 25 years Sarah Doyle has an enviable track record in theatre behind her.
Poetry: The Cabal
Poetry returns to Workers Online with this rollicking ode to employer power.
Abattoir Boss Slaughters Andrews
More Slaughter in South Australia
Pickets Won't Face Cannon
Teens Win Thousands
Praise the Laws
Where The Bloody Hell Is Our Contract?
Building Crusade Raids Pockets
Workers Shows Its Hand
It's All Yellow, Mine Barons
Lismore Nine Breaks Ranks
Uber Bosses Clean Up
Howard's Skills Solution: Sack Apprentices
Spineless Companies Block Safety
Boxall in Sickie Backflip
Activist's What's On!
Democracy in Action
Former NSW Premier Neville Wran's speech to commemorate 150 years of responsible government.
The Westie Wing
There has been activity aplenty in the NSW Parliament this month, reports Ian West.
From Chaver to Cobber
John Robertson, Unions NSW Secretary, hosting Passover at Sydney Trades Hall discovers the first comrades followed a bloke called Moses.
Postcard from New Orleans
Mark Brenner surveys the long-term impact of Hurricane Katrina on the regions workers.
The Locker Room
My Country Right Or In Lane Five
Phil Doyle observes the golden shower at the recent Commonwealth Games, and asks what it means for the last great unpredictable drama.
Vale Bill Hartley
Unlike some of his comrades, Bill Hartley never departed from his position as a radical nor did he die rich in assets, writes Bob Scates.
Belly Spreads The Word
Lying Lies And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
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Praise the Laws
John Howard has blessed religion as the latest union-busting tool for bosses.
Employers who are members of anti-union religions can unilaterally bar union officials from their workplaces through the “Brethren clause” in WorkChoices regulations.
Prior to WorkChoices, employees had to agree if a sectarian boss wished to ban union officials.
The clause has become known as the "Exclusive Brethren Clause" after the aggressively anti-union and secretive Christian group, which has been linked to conservative political parties around the world.
The ultra-conservative sect actively lobbied for union exemptions for its members in last year's election in New Zealand.
A Brethren submission to the Kiwi parliament stated the group believed: "the bible does not recognise any union intervention between employer and employee (described there as master and servant)".
The group was also linked to pamphlets misquoting Greens policies at the Tasmanian election this year.
Greens Leader Bob Brown said the clause was payback to the Brethren for supporting the Coalition.
"Unless the government can show otherwise, it appears clear the Exclusive Brethren has won special favour in the industrial relations package to protect itself from scrutiny of workplace abuse," Brown said.
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