Justice, Applied Liberally
To think, Phillip Ruddock used to be a liberal.
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
The ACCC is the latest state agency to turn its guns on the construction union. National official, Dave Noonan, discusses the implications.
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
With new laws looming for “independent contractors”, Foxtel subbies have had the carpet pulled from under their feet, writes Nathan Brown.
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
A group of inner-Sydney veterans appear to be working to strip their families of retirement incomes. Jim Marr records their desperation.
International: Two Bob's Worth
German and British workers are participating in business decisions while WorkChoices locks Australians out of the conversation, writes Anthony Forsyth.
Economics: National Interest
John Howard claimed that interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government than under Labor, Neale Towart crunchess the numbers.
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
Economic ignorance remains at the top and the critics are oblivious says Sol Power
History: Only In Spain?
The experiences of self management during the Civil War have been the one positive factor to come from that tragic event, and the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation thrives today.
Review: Clerk Off
Nathan Brown draws solace from some fellow social misfits.
Boss Gives Dad the Finger
Amber's Law Pulps WorkChoices
Westfield Flogs Good Deal
Building Workers Spooked
Bankers to Train Assassins
Astroboy Blasts Off
First Global Deal Docks in Germany
Bans Stop the Press
Deportation for Pay-To-Work Tradesman
Telstra in Bush Bloodbath
Boss Punts Assaulted Teen
Ballots Stuffed By WorkChoices
Howard in a Spin
Extras – The Waterfront.
Activist's What's On!
MLC Ian West ventures beyond Macquarie St and into the desert of the eco rats.
Former RLPA secretary and Newcastle Knights prop, Tony Butterfield, fires up over dawn raids.
Dare to Win
The union movement has lost an inspirational leader of working men and women, writes Jeana Vithoulkas
Please Don’t Go
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.
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Boss Punts Assaulted Teen
A 15-year-old apprentice at a Sydney kitchen manufacturing company was sacked when he called the police after being assaulted by his supervising tradesman.
The boy called police after appeals to his employer over the assault failed to bring any action.
Rather than help, the proprietor of Network Kitchens Pty Ltd withdrew the boy's apprenticeship, claiming the police visit bought shame on his business.
Several months earlier, the proprietor told the boy - employed as a labourer - he couldn't afford to pay him if he made a workers compensation claim over an accident where the tops of his fingers were skimmed off.
The New South Wales Industrial Commission recently ordered Network Kitchens to compensate the boy for unfair dismissal, benefits lost as a result of victimisation, underpayment and unpaid super.
In another recent case, the Commission ordered a transport company to re-employ a worker who'd been sacked after raising safety concerns.
The worker had complained about risks from overfilling sugarcane bins.
When a new company took over the contract he was denied employment, despite a high score in recruitment tests for the job.
The Transport Workers Union won an employment order on his behalf after successfully arguing he'd been victimised for complaining about potential workplace safety risks.
In both cases the Commission applied section 210 of the NSW IR Act, designed to protect workers who raise safety issues.
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