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
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$80,000 for Friendly Act
A boss’s wife stood to gain more than $80,000 if one of her husband’s workers, who was listed as her “friend” on superannuation forms, died.
Fran Ostad, wife of the boss of painting company Express Deco, was listed as Khashayar Zamani's sole recipient of benefits if he died.
Zamani was shocked by the revelation.
In a statutory declaration, Zemani stated Ostad had arranged for him to join the superannuation scheme.
Zemani alleged Ostad had prepared the forms. He said he spoke little English at the time.
Ostad denied all knowledge in Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is following up on Zamani's claim, as well as allegations of underpayment and unsafe work at other jobs involving the same company.
Iranian builder Golshan Hedayat is fighting for thousands of dollars of pay and entitlements.
Hedayat claims he was only paid half of what he was owed for during five months work for Express Deco.
"I didn't get payment for overtime, sick leave, public holidays, annual leave or superannuation," Hedayat said.
Claims from other immigrant workers range from being paid $6-an-hour to the boss discouraging safety courses.
CFMEU NSW Secretary Andrew Ferguson said too many immigrant building workers were exploited as cheap labour.
"Unscrupulous employers who exploit migrant workers are not only harming workers and their families, but they are also destroying legitimate small businesses that pay proper wages and conditions," Ferguson said.
Interested parties are invited to call Express Deco's owner, Frank Ostad, on 0412 284 212.
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