It took the Easter Bunny, a couple of diplomatic crises and a bit of classic Howard wedge politics to shift industrial relations off the front pages, but if you think the story is over, forget it.
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.
Costello Plans Super Swindle
Control Freak Turns Hand to AWAs
‘Clean Start’ Sweeps Into Action
Fleas Leave Andrews Scratching
The $130 Question: What is He On?
Howard Stings Liberal Mum
Apprentices Assume Missionary Position
$80,000 for Friendly Act
David Phoenix Rises Again
Rights At Work Worth Playing For
Qantas Sackings Grounded
Eight Hours Play
TWU Boss Gaoled
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.
Say No To Optus
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.
Lying Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them II
What Tax Cuts?
Belly Says It’s Time
A Word Of Warning Stop
Well That Clears That Up Then
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Howard Stings Liberal Mum
Lifetime Liberal voter, Maree Filipczuk, has turned her back on John Howard after being sacked for asking for her superannuation.
“A month ago I would not have believed that asking about your super could cost you your job,” said the Sydney mother of two. “John Howard and his ministers have shown they just don't care.”
Filipczuk was dumped from her sales assistant position by phone after she asked the boss of the House of Cillini chain of clothing stores why she hadn't been paid super or received pay slips.
"I asked if they could please provide the pay slips and advice on unpaid penalties and superannuation," she said. "I put it in writing and they telephoned me to say that the super had been paid."
When Mrs Filipczuk asked if the super would be back dated to December, when she began work, she was asked to ring back and speak to the manager.
When she called back she was told her position had been terminated.
"To say that this has been a stressful time for me would be an understatement," Filipczuk said. "I won't be voting for John Howard at the next election."
Unions NSW assistant secretary Mark Lennon said predictions of unwarranted were now being proved.
"Here we have an employee who has been terminated, not for disagreeing with her employer but for simply asking a question," Lennon said.
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