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.
|other LaborNET sites
Labor Council of NSW
Vic Trades Hall Council
IT Workers Alliance
Unions on LaborNET
PM Backs Visa Buster
John Howard has written off overseas workers performing unskilled work as a technical visa breach.
The Immigration Department is investigating claims Chinese guest workers were undertaking unskilled work at Tey's Bros Abattoir at Naracoorte in South Australia.
The Meat Industry Union says local workers have lost hours at the abattoir in favour of the guest workers.
"The Australian workers have their mortgages to pay and everything else, they rely on their wages and they see this as a completely unfair situation where people doing the same job now get to go in and get paid when the Australians get stood down," the AMIEU's Graham Smith said.
But Howard refuted the claims when questioned in Parliament, saying the boss had acted fairly.
"I'm advised this fair treatment may amount to a technical breach of the visa requirement because the foreign workers are only required to work in a skilled position that they're sponsored to undertake, and DIMIA (Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs) officials are now talking to the company about that," he said.
Guest worker visas are only supposed to be granted when a skill shortage exists in that industry and local workers cannot be found.
View entire issue - print all of the articles!
Issue 309 contents