Open for Business?
While our focus in recent months has rightly been on the federal political arena, the first skirmish in the battle for rights for NSW workers will occur at the state election, due in just nine months.
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
Laughing All The Way To MacBank
Perth Apartments Go Like a Bomb
AWAs - Just Say No!
Andrews Puts Contracts on Families
Safety Laws Mine New Depths
Builder Threatens Homes
Beazley to Halt Maxi-Scam
Umpire Stumps Minister
Worker Dumped Over Casual Affair
Councils Trash Workers
Union Journo Escapes Fiji
Canucks Crash Howard’s Party
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.
Psychometric Testing for Bullies
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.
Pleased with Beazley
What is Working Class
National Day of Protest
Higher Profile for Labor
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Builder Threatens Homes
Family homes and small business are on the line after a corporate builder cried poor, leaving debts of $2.5 million.
Over 100 workers and sub contractors, facing the loss of $2.5m, are picketing a Parramatta building site.
At least one subcontractor risks losing his home after the developer, Estate Property Holdings, refused to release further money to builder Citilink.
Another dozen family businesses face ruin if they cannot recover debts from the company.
"Our company worked on this project in good faith, yet now we are out of pocket $174,000 which is devastating to a small family business like ours," says Manuel Marinof, owner of labour hire company Kazman Pty Ltd. "I have already been forced to mortgage my home to pay the wages of my workers, and if I don't receive the money I am owed I will not only be out of business, I will lose my home.
"We have stopped working on the project, the power is off, the crane is off, and we are not going to keep going until the developer can guarantee that we will be paid for the work we complete.
The businesses completed plumbing, electrical, gyprock and other work on the 25-story tower before discovering Citilink has insufficient money to pay the $2.5 million dollars owing.
Last year, Estate Property Holdings was the developer of a block of luxury units at Camperdown where the builder went bust and millions of dollars was never paid to subbies.
The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union is backing the campaign to ensure all businesses and workers are paid for work on the site at 138-140 Church Street.
"This will impact on more than one hundred building workers and their families, who risk the loss of wages, holiday pay and entitlements if the subbies are not paid," said CFMEU Organiser Mal Tulloch.
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