It is one of the great mysteries of Australian politics that the Prime Minister has managed to emerge unscathed from one of the most profound geo-political misadventures since history was first recorded.
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.
Howard Amps Up Repression
Andrews on the Fiddle
Robbo Flags Mobile Holidays
Shop Group Maroons Kids
BHP Confronts Chilean Resistance
The Thin Yellow Line
Safety Goes to the Dogs
Pollies Wings Clipped By Junket Ban
Technicians Win Action Ballot
Academics Take Contract Lessons
Hardie, Ha, Ha - Directors Laughing
Amcor Sends Hundreds Packing
Warren Goes to Ground
Activist's What's On!
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle plays by the rules
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.
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Academics Take Contract Lessons
Australian Workplace Agreements have become the battle ground ideological power struggle within the upper echelons of Sydney University.,
While Chancellor Gavan brown is down-playing the push, Workers Online can reveal a team of outsourced HR warriors under the direction of Vice Chancellor Ann Brewer is driving the contracts aggressively.
National Tertiary Education Union NSW secretary Chris Game has fingered Brewer as the driver of the AWAs.
Brewer, whose background is in transport management ruffled feathers last year when she restructures the University's Human Resources Department and outsourced swathes of work to corporate firms.
These firms are now driving AWAs that make it easier to sack staff, take disciplinary action and strip back significant conditions.
They are backing the contracts with a glossy 54 page hand book and have established an 'AWA Service Centre; to administer the contracts.
"While most universities are paying lip service to the Howard Government's demand that contracts are offered to staff, Sydney Uni are leading the charge," Game said
Meanwhile, up Anzac Parade, Uni of NSW Vice Chancellor Fred Hiulmer is under fire for pushing voluntary redundancies among non-academic staff.
Unions fear the slashing of support staff. Already below the national average ratio, will drive academics away from research and teaching.
"Professor Hilmer may believe that this process workers at Fairfax when he was CEO, but he is showing his inexperience in higher education," Game says.
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