As another successful Week of Action comes to an end, we have again been exposed to the Howard Government’s defence of its IR laws, perhaps the flimsiest in Australian political history.
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.
Bold Post Spy at Rally
NRL Throws Tradition a Dummy
Ballarat Derails AWA Push
Graphic Glimpse Behind the Veil
Biz Blows Cover
John Howard Vs God (0:1)
Andrews A Bit Rich on Wages
Sydney Backs Booze Deliverers
Record Numbers in Blacktown
Hardie Busted Over Burn Victim
Sacked Mum Has Last Laugh
Unions: Book Dodgy AWA Bosses
Jobs War Gathers Pace
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.
Man-Goat Love Drug Link
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.
Dare To Dream
Better Get A Lawyer
The Last Laugh
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John Howard Vs God (0:1)
John Howard and Kevin Andrews' push to strip working conditions came up against the Bible last week, with the good book coming out firmly against WorkChoices.
An ecumenical service at St Peters Cathedral in Adelaide, last Tuesday, received wisdom from a higher authority than the ACTU.
Deuteronomy and the Gospel according to Matthew delivered the final word on workplace rights.
"Do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbour. Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought", MP Paul Caica read from Deuteronomy 15:7.
The South Australian Attorney General, Michael Atkinson, read from the "Sermon on the Mount" in the book of Matthew, which includes the line "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled".
Prayers for fairness and justice at work rang out alongside traditional hymns, including Amazing Grace, and biblical readings.
The service was followed by a candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of the 18 people killed in industrial accidents in the past year in South Australia.
"SA Unions is committed to standing with churches and other leading community organisations to strive for justice for working Australians," said secretary of Unions SA, Janet Giles, after the service.
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