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 Ainít Necessarily So
Don't let anyone tell you that jobs and the environment are opposities, argues Neale Towart.
History: Melbourneís 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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Howard's Skills Solution: Sack Apprentices
Two apprentices were punted the day the Howard governments new work laws came in, prompting SA Unions to launch legal action and a hotline for sacked workers to call.
SA Unions secretary Janet Giles understands it is illegal to sack an apprentice, saying it will mount a legal challenge to test whether the federal government's harsh new industrial laws override apprentice contracts.
"Apprentice contracts explicitly prevent the termination of apprentices. If an employer cannot fulfil the apprenticeship, they must negotiate with the appropriate government department to either suspend the apprenticeship or transfer it to another employer," says Giles.
"In the instance of 19 and 20 year old Yorke Peninsula based third year apprentice electricians Robert Elkson and Greg Garrard, they, along with three other workers were sacked without notice on Monday March 27, the day the new work laws took effect."
"We believe the company involved deliberately used the new laws in order to sack these apprentices and further believe this is illegal under the South Australia Training and Skills Act."
Ms Giles says if the challenge finds that apprentices can be sacked then it's a blow to Australia's skills base and the careers of thousands of young people.
"It is unthinkable that at a time of severe national skills shortages, when the federal government is importing workers from overseas, that our apprenticeship system could be undermined in this way."
SA Unions' has launched their "I've been sacked" hotline on 8279 2222, and are encouraging any worker who has been sacked to get in touch.
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