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.
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!
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.
Immigration Department Strikes Again
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.
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Company Doctors Terminal
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission has reined in an Australia Post doctor scheme, which saw an injured worker receive 14 calls from management over four hours when she took a sick day.
The Commission ruled Post could not force employees to see company doctors unless it was assessing fitness for work, after the Communications Union (CEPU) presented evidence that injured workers were being harassed.
Postie Alana Weissel said she felt "harassed" when she received phone calls and a personal visit from Australia Post management, who were trying to get her to see a company doctor after hurting her back at work.
Management said not attending a company doctor would put her workers compensation claim at risk.
"The practice was grossly unfair to injured workers because doctors - paid by Australia Post - invariably found them fit for work when Postal workers' own doctors were saying they were unfit following a workplace injury," CEPU Secretary Jim Metcher said.
According to Australia Post's figures, employees who attend their own doctor are found unfit for work 95 per cent of the time.
When they see a company doctor they are found unfit in six per cent of cases.
Metcher also said the case highlighted the effectiveness of the IRC in resolving workplace disputes.
"John Howard's industrial relations changes, which unilaterally remove the power of the AIRC, are an attack on workers mistreated by their employers."
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