When the Truth Hurts
Some rare moments of candour this week have vindicated all we’ve been saying about WorkChoices and more.
Interview: Rock Solid
Bill Shorten gives the inside story on the Australian Workers Union's involvement in the Beaconsfield rescue.
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Phil Oswald bought up his kids to believe in their rights; so when his 16-year old daughter was told to cop a pay cut she was never going to take it quietly.
Politics: The Johnnie Code
WorkChoices is encrypted deep in the PM's political DNA, writes Evan Jones
Energy: Fission Fantasies
Adam Ma’anit looks at the big business push behind the 'clean nuclear' debate that is sweeping the globe.
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
The WorkChoices Penal Powers are the latest in a long line of penal sanctions against trade unions, writes Neale Towart
International: Closer to Home
If Australia can forgive its debt to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Philippines, write Luke Fletcher and Karen Iles
Economics: Taking the Fizz
While the Treasurer has been popping the post-Budget champers, Frank Stilwell gives a more sober assessment.
Unions: Stronger Together
Amanada Tattersall looks at the possibilities of strengthening alliances between unions, environmental and community organisations
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a film about racism and retribution, writes James Gallaway.
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Employers in the land rejoice, for we are girt by greed.
Howard's Advocate Fesses Up
Cowra - Work Slaughter Legal
You're Killing Us - BHP Charged Again
Revealed: Beaconsfield Led AWA Charge
Warehouse Pushes the Envelope
Independent Schools Push Class Warfare
Spotlight on Howard’s Porkies
PM Backs Visa Buster
Sutton Wants Middle Men Probed
ATO Recruiting for WorkChoices
Taxpayers to Fund Ad Orgy
New Deal on Canberra Menu
Appeal for East Timor
Activist's What's On!
The Beaconsfield Declaration
As the Prime Minister feted Brant Webb and Todd Russell, their colleagues were outside with a message to the rest of Australia.
The Locker Room
Run Like You Stole Something
Phil Doyle observes that there are some tough bastards out there.
The Westie Wing
That fun-loving friend of the workers, Ian West, reports from the red leather of the Bear Pit.
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.
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Spotlight on Howard’s Porkies
The Prime Minster has been caught out misleading Parliament after he used the opening of a new Spotlight outlet at Mt Druitt to justify the retail chain’s push to cut overtime and penalty rates in return for a two cent pay rise.
Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show that the application for the new store was lodged in October 2005, three days before the WorkChoices legislation was even announced
Mr Howard this week used the Mt Druitt opening to defend the Spotlight AWAs that cash in penalty rates, public holidays, overtime, rest breaks, shift allowances, sick leave, rostered days off, uniform allowances, meal allowances and first aid for the princely increase of two cents and hour.
But the documents show the applications for the new store was made by Porgetto Design on September 27 and lodged with Blacktown City Council on October 6.
The WorkChoices package was not announced until October 9, was introduced into Parliament on November 2 and did not become active until March this year,
SDA state secretary Gerard Dwyer says the Prime Minister has been caught out. "The claim that new jobs were created at Spotlight Mount Druitt because of WorkChoices is false," Dwyer says.
"Being able to reduce employees' take home pay under WorkChoices was a simply a windfall that allows the Company to increase profits.
Meanwhile, the Coffs Harbour woman who blew the whistle on Spotlight, Annette Harris, has retuned to work secure on her award conditions - but the company is continuing to peddle the AWAs to new and existing employees.
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