Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Did the economy slip on a banana skin or an oil slick?
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Macquarie Street and Canberra are squaring off over safety in the workplace, NSW Minister for Industrial relations, John Della Bosca, explains what's at stake.
Unions: Fighting Back
When John Howard's building industry enforcer started threatening people's homes, one couple hit the road. Jim Marr met them in Sydney.
Industrial: What Cowra Means
The ruling on the Cowra abattoir case highlights the implications of the new IR rules, according to John Howe and Jill Murray
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Howard Government hypocrisy is showcased in its climate change manoeuvring, Stuart Rosewarne writes:
Politics: Page Turner
A new book leaves no doubt about whether the faction came before the ego, Nathan Brown writes.
Economics: The State of Labour
The capacity of the state to shape the political economy and thus improve the social lives of the people must be reasserted, argues Geoff Dow.
International: Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions
History: Liberty in Spain
Worker Self-Management is good management. The proof in Spain was in Catalania, Andalusia and continues in the Basque Country, as Neale Towart explains.
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
Phil Doyle thought he'd find nostalgia, but instead Vulgar Press' new book, Maroon & Blue is a penetrating insight into the suburban mind under stress.
Telstra Contractors in Bush Raid
Spooks Go “Nuclear”
Drivers Under Attack
Stacks on the Hill
29 Face Secret Interrogations
Bureaucrats Sit on Wages
Blue Mountains Fit Through Loophole
G Spot for Rally
Chalkies Give WorkChoices An F
Howard Base Shaky
Deaf Workers Lose Voice
Canberra Scratches WorkChoices Handicap
MUA Hungry for Change
Vanny Changes Story
Activists What's On
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle plays by the rules
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"
Bussies Are Tops
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.
What Was He On About?
Belly On Balance
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Howard Base Shaky
A staggering 40 percent of small business operators believe WorkChoices is unfair to “many” workers.
The figure was one of a number, in the latest MYOB survey of the sector, that suggest John Howard's small business constituency is turning its back on his IR agenda.
The accounting software firm also revealed that 42 percent of small business operators thought the laws were unfair to low skilled employees.
Just 12 percent of respondents accepted Howard's claim that WorkChoices would boost productivity, while only three percent "strongly agreed" with the contention.
The July survey covered a national sample of 1,189 small business proprietors and general managers. They were either owner operators or employers of less than 20 staff.
Just nine percent of businesses said they would change their approach to employment because of the new law.
Despite a $55 million taxpayer funded advertising campaign in support of the laws, 40 percent said they still had a low level of understanding of them.
The small business survey came on the back of attempts by Victorian and NSW Liberal leaders to distance themselves from WorkChoices, and a poll in the Sydney Morning Herald that listed IR as the second most important state issue.
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