Well, he’s finally done it. Opposition leader Kim Beazley has wrestled with his internal doubters and staked his future, and one suspects the next election, on workers rights.
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.
Esselte Occasioning Workplace Harm
Andrews Backs State Laws
Death Sentence for BHP
Unions Deliver: Freehills
No Job is Safe: AIRC
Klan Backs Jan
Village People Clean Up
Dad Heads for Blacktown
Indonesian Guards Occupy Office
Qantas Passes the Bucks
IR Laws a Loser: Lib
Business Bombs Beazley
OECD Undercuts Howard
Leafy Council Rewards Choppers
High Price Of A Low Wage
Actvist'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.
Lost in the Supermarket
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.
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OECD Undercuts Howard
John Howard's economic rationale for WorkChoices has been lacerated by the OECD.
In a comprehensive refutation of the federal government's claims for its radical new workplace regime, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development finds ...
- unfair dismissal laws do not cost jobs
- minimum wages don't increase unemployment
- collective bargaining is strongly related to low levels of unemployment
The findings are contained in Economic Outlook 2006 which brings together research and analysis from the OECD's 30 member countries, and an accompanying document, Boosting Jobs and Incomes.
The report describes the impact of EPL (employment protection legislation) and union density on unemployment as "statistically insignificant".
The findings are somewhat surprising, given that the OECD, often referred to as the Rich Man's Club, has been liberal with conservative remedies for the ills of developing nations.
Howard and Andrews have repeatedly claimed that individual contracts, inferior conditions and reduced wages will lead to greater employment.
Their other key claim is for increased productivity but that is undermined by the New Zealand experience where businesses that cut wages and conditions, simply transferred the savings into profit.
In fact, after New Zealand introduced its Employment Contracts Act, in 1991, productivity nosedived in comparison to Australia which, at the time, had a strongly centralised, collective wage-setting structure.
Federal Shadow Treasurer Wayne Swan said the OECD's findings were "a direct assault on the economic case" the Government had mounted for Workchoices.
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