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Issue No. 306 12 May 2006  

Good Times
Hands up who watched Kim Beazley’s budget in reply last night? None of you? Thought so.


Interview: Out of the Bedroom
Reverend Jim Wallis is leading a crusade to take the moral debate into the public arena.

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Government has begun a series of workshops to sell its WorkChoice vsision. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Lockout!
Jim Comerford’s eyewitness account of the 15-month Lockout of 10,000 New South Wales miners in1929-1930 records the inside story of Australia’s most bloody and bitter industrial conflict

Legal: The Fantasy of Choice
Professor Ron McCallum argues the WorkChoices laws are built on a fundamental fiction.

Politics: Labor Pains
Labor has dealt itself out of the crucial workplace relations debate by failing to articulate a credible policy alternative to Howard’s new WorkChoices legislation, argues Mark Heearn and Grant Michelson

Economics: Economics and the Public Purpose
Evan Jones pays tribute to John Kenneth Galbraith, a big man who never stopped arguing that economics should serve the public good, not create public squalor.

Corporate: House of Horrors
Anthony Keenan takes a tour of Sydney’s notorious, Asbestos House, courtesy of Gideon Haig.

History: Clash Of Cultures
Neale Towart with a new take on Mayday through the words of a punk icon

International: Childs Play
An ILO report into Child Labour shows some progress is being made to curb this gobal scurge .

Culture: Folk You Mate!
Phil Doyle dodges Morris Dancers to find signs of Working Life at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over the Easter Weekend.

Review: Last Holeproof Hero
Finally, a superhero who has worked out how to wear his underpants. Nathan Brown ogles V for Vendetta


 Howard Hunts Heroes

 Workplace Cop Shrugs Shoulders

 Gerry Built Apartments Fall Behind

 NFF Axe Over Childcare

 Ballarat Suffers Maxi-Rort

 Hunter Collects on Jobs

 Company Doctors Terminal

 Killer Bosses Swoop on Croweaters

 US: Thousands Fired For Joining Unions

 Cozzies Skills Skid

 Howard’s Unpaid Photo Op

 Activist's What's On!


The Soapbox
Albo's Meltdown
Labor's environment spokesman Antony Albanese argues that Chrernobyl is one reason why the ALP should stand firm on nuclear.

The Locker Room
A Sort Of Homecoming
Phil Doyle plays to the whistle.

The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.

 Immigration Department Strikes Again
 Budget Dividend
 The Real Truth About Independent Contractors
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NFF Axe Over Childcare

National Farmers Federation headkicker, Paul Houlihan, is coming after Sydney childcare workers in an effort to strip them of pay equity gains.

Houlihan’s company, IR Australia, has drafted AWAs that seek to dud employees at more than 50 Childs Family Kingergartens of every cent they won in a recent pay equity case that found they had been victims of the “undervaluing of women’s work”.

IR Australia has stuck John Howard-endorsed individual contracts in front of directors of 37 centres across NSW. They seek to slash wages by a minimum of $138 a week, remove access to rest breaks, eliminate holiday loadings and cut sick pay entitlements.

The same company has been contracted by Cubby House Australia to come up with a non-union agreement for its staff and, according to Ian West, MLC, it is near identical to those being foisted on Childs Family Kindergarten people.

"They claim to tailor agreements to individual circumstances but these agreements are very similar and, in some parts, identical," West told Workers Online.

West blew the story in a state parliament expose.

"The owners and managers of these two organisations would like people to think they are family friendly and they support families," West said. "But they are treating employees with contempt and abusing their new-found master-servant relationship.

"If workers sign these individual agreements they will lose between $138 and $313 per week, depending on their classifications.

"It is a massive amount of money and they will lose it straight away.''

Workers Online has discovered that Houlihan, infamous for his roles in the Mudginberri dispute and the 1998 Waterfront shambles, orchestrated by Peter Reith and the NFF, is a director of IR Australia.

According to its website, the company is fronted by Sydney-based Peter Rochfort.


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