The Power of Ones
Lorissa Sevens is no shrinking violet; she had mown down attackers for her nation playing defence for the Matildas. But even this sort of toughness means nothing in the face of WorkChoices.
Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
When the mobs took over the streets of Dili it was the people of East Timor that bore the brunt. Elisabeth Lino de Araujo from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was there to witness what happened.
Unions: Staying Mum
Penrith mums, Linda Everingham and Jo Jacobson, are at the heart of a grassroots campaign to boot Jackie Kelly, out of federal parliament. Jim Marr caught up with one half of the sister act.
Economics: Precious Metals
There's a lot of spin around AWAs in the mining industry, but Tony Maher argues all that glitters is not gold.
Industrial: The Cold 100
The Iemma Government has come up with 100 reasons why WorkChoices is a dud, with 100 examples of ripped off workers
History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
This month's Blacktown Rally was not the first time workers had stood up for their rights in the region, writes Andrew Moore.
Legal: Free Agents
Is an independent contractor a small businessperson or a worker? The answer depends upon whether the contractor is genuinely ‘independent’ or not, writes Even Jones.
Politics: Under The Influence
Bob Gould thinks Sonny Bill Williams is a hunk; he reveals all in a left wing view of The Bulletin’s 100 most influential Australians, questioning the relevance of some, and adding a few of his own.
International: How Swede It Was
Geoff Dow pays tribute to the passing of Rudolf Meidner, one of the architects of the Swedish model of capitalism.
Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.
Jihad Johnny Targets Perth
Rio Sets Up Own Goal
Telstra Fails to Snag Protest
AWAs Bucket Queenslanders
Kev Gives Aussies the Finger
Movie Blue: Win-Win for Critics
Wage Cut Scam Legal
Hardie Boss Takes 60 Percent Rise
The Stack Goes On
Boss Opens Door For Thieves
Hendy Banks on Mass Amnesia
Eisteddfod Win: Your Rock At Work
Airline Crashes Into Paypackets
Canucks Can BHP
Activist's What's On!
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.
As Pru Goward slams into the glass ceiling of the NSW Liberal Party, Ian West considers how women are faring under the Howard-Costello Government.
The Locker Room
Oz Hails Sun King
A World Away
Phil Doyle is pleased that a display of subtle beauty and athletic grace has been overtaken by some good old-fashioned mindless violence
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Wage Cut Scam Legal
It's official - Workchoices allows employers to dog on negotiated contracts by sacking staff and rehiring them at inferior rates.
John Howard's Office of Workplace Services has ruled it was legal for the Cowra Abattoir to punt 29 union members and rehire them on contracts that slashed incomes by up to $180 a week.
The Abattoir pulled its stunt during the first week of WorkChoices but withdrew the notices after Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, copped a barrage of flak from commentators and worker representatives.
WorkChoices allows employers of any size to sack Australians for "operational reasons". AWAs, at the heart of Workchoices, greenlight the hiring of "new" staff on rates and conditions inferior to those contained in negotiated agreements.
Industrial lawyers have warned that "operational reasons" is an effective carte blanche and the Industrial Relations Commission, dismissed a case, last month, with a warning that it was next to impossible for a worker to challenge such grounds.
Under WorkChoices, employers can refuse any applicant a position if he/she won't accept company-determined standards, irrespective of merit.
"After a thorough investigation, the OWS is satisfied that the only reason for the actions of Cowra was the poor viability of the firm and its attempt to address the problem," the office said, last week.
At the time of the Cowra sackings, the Workplace Relations Minister said the mere fact of an investigation proved workers were protected.
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