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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ATO Recruiting for WorkChoices
The Australian Tax Office is drafting thousands of apprentices into the federal assault on working conditions by reneging on a promise to stop issuing them with ABNs.
Last week's policy backflip denies apprentices and unskilled labourers the protections of industrial relations law by allowing employers to use them as contractors.
"The ATO has broken a cast iron promise to stop the inappropriate issue of ABNs to apprentices and labourers - the treatment of these young apprentices is particularly outrageous," CFMEU national secretary, John Sutton, said.
Mr Sutton said the move would allow employers to duck costs such as holiday pay, sick leave and superannuation.
"How can an apprentice be an independent business when they have to be connected to an employer to work through their apprenticeship?" Sutton asked.
Mr Sutton said that it was obvious that the Federal Government was pressuring the ATO to allow this arrangement to continue.
"This is a scam and the Federal Government is clearly interfering with the tax office and preventing it from doing its required statutory duty," Sutton said.
The back down occured as NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca, flagged a possible High Court challenge to federal Independent Contractors legislation.
A spokesman for the Minister said the challenge would be based on a successful 1995 High Court action against attempts to regulate contracts relating to constitutional corporations.
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