If the Answer is Nuclear ….
At least George Dubya still has some influence. Not in his own country, certainly not in Europe, not even in the former dominions of Latin America.
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
Death Site Under Wraps
Lets Get Physical, Building Bosses
Retailers Spotlight Wage Cuts
Sparkie Vote Will Go To the Wire
More Front Than Meyer
Nine Vanish in Melbourne Triangle
Black is White, Andrews
Kev Nicks from Kids
Toothless Tiger Squeals
High Standard Bugs Boss
Labor Roots In Graft Allegations
ALP Urged to Front Up
On the Road Again
Activists 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.
Spotlight on WorkChoices
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.
Riders on the Strom
No Gerry Can
Insight Fires Up
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High Standard Bugs Boss
One week after attending his WorkChoices course, an Adelaide manager tried to axe a shop steward for displaying the AMWU flag in his workplace.
The new boss at Iplex Pipelines, Elizabeth, argued the flag breached "coercion" and "freedom of association" provisions of John Howard's legislation.
He wanted the scalp of popular workplace rep, Greg Wohling, and to take disciplinary action against two workmates who had helped him raise the standard.
"We talked it through and management changed their minds. Then they came back and said they wanted him on a technical breach of occupational health and safety rules," organiser, Mark Emmerson, explained..
"He got the flag up high but it was a flim flam argument.
"It shows the power managers think they have in this environment and, in my opinion, also reveals a personal antipathy towards Greg."
Eventually the company backed off but attempted face with a third and final written warning.
Given that Wohling has never had a first or second written warning, AMWU officials are scratching their heads about this one.
The actions came against the backdrop of Iplex Pipelines trying to impose "functional capacity testing" on all staff.
The AMWU has warned the testing could have unforseen consequences for employees, particularly in regard to Workcover entitlements and the empowerment of company doctors.
Emmerson says relations between workers and management at the plant have been "good" for the past decade.
The job is strongly unionised between the NUW which covers most production workers and the AMWU which represents the interests of maintenance staff.
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