Independent of Facts
John Howard's mastery of the big lie was evident again this week.
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.
Howard Chews Up Lollipop Men
Ridout: WorkChoices “Revolutionary”
Voters: WorkChoices Rotten
Terror: WorkChoices Rule
Bussies Go Gangbusters
Strikers Drive Deal
Australia Faces Jobs Meltdown
Fat Lady Sings at Opera House
PM's Pick Burns Fire Fighters
Spooks Tail Early Risers
Telstra Boss Gets Crossed Line
Prof: Fair Pay Should Be Lower
TNT Snub is Dynamite
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
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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Fat Lady Sings at Opera House
A five-month picket of Sydney's Opera House has won $300 a week wage increases and brought down the curtain on AWAs
ended with a win for maintenance staff that stared down AWAs to pick up a union agreement.
The new agreement delivers maintenance staff $8 an hour more than the individual contracts, which United Group Services tried to impose in February.
Workers picketed opera goers after being told they had to sign non-union contracts stripping them of up to $20,000 a year, or face the sack.
"It's a victory," says CFMEU secretary Andrew Ferguson. "We recognise the role played by (Arts Minister) Bob Debus in recognising these arrangements breached labour principles.
"We also recognise the key to success has been months and months of picketing and pressure."
US multinational United Group Services had replaced the previous contractor, Lucas Stuart, who had a collective agreement with the workers' union, the CFMEU.
United Group Services said they would only take on the former Lucas Stuart employees if they signed AWAs offering inferior conditions.
Ferguson said it was important to pressure companies that used new laws to attack workers.
He acknowledged the assistance of NSW Minister for the Arts, Bob Debus, saying he recognised that these sorts of arrangements were not consistent with the principles of the labour movement.
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