Fixing the WorkChoices Mess
While the Rights at Work campaign has galvanised opposition to the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, the debate about what sort of system should replace it is just hotting up.
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.
Spin Bowls Fair Pay
“Battler” Liberal on Safety
Radio Rentals Launches Hit
Under the Pump
Privacy Goes East
Which Bank Tossed Out of Court
Mum Lashes Feds
Sack Boss a Loser
Let's Fly AWA
Star City Bangs Wages Drum
Prof Offers AWA Lesson
Howard Stands By His Men
Wife Miscarries After Attack
Activist's What's On!
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle plays by the rules
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"
Love Me Slender
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.
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Prof Offers AWA Lesson
Bosses at Australia's oldest university believe workers will be 'cautious' in taking up AWAs being offered to 5,500 staff.
Sydney Uni vice chancellor, Professor Gavin Brown, admits they are offering the AWAs so they can pocket $13 million in Federal government funding.
"Examples from other sectors suggest that staff will be properly cautious," says Professor Brown.
The AWAs, which were offered to staff via an email, contain a non-guaranteed 6% performance bonus, while making it easier to sack staff and take disciplinary action
A statement from the university says the offer is to ensure that the University of Sydney complies with the Federal Government's Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements, which ties $13million worth of funding to the AWAs being offered.
The statement also said staff taking up AWAs accepted "risks of simplified procedures for disciplinary action and employment termination".
Other conditions at risk include all leave arrangements; academic freedom; and no access to the Australian Industrial Relations Commission to arbitrate disputes says Michael Thomson, President of the NTEU Branch at the University of Sydney.
"Universities should be about excellence in teaching and research, not about ideological warfare," says Thomson.
Like all other Universities, the University of Sydney is required to offer AWAs to all staff by a 30 August deadline in order to be eligible for its share of a $260 million pool of funding.
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