The hysterical response to the ACTU’s blueprint to restore industrial democracy to the Australian workplace only serves to underline what a brazen grab for employer privilege the Howard Government’s changes to IR really are.
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.
Medibank Sale "Critical"
Broken Down and Packaged for Export
Child's Play: New Low for Spooks
Judge Lashes Building Laws
Buy Gum and Masticate on "Associates"
Bosses on the Barbie
No Secrets On Union Agenda
OWS: Better Never Than Late
Youth Workers Beat AWAs
Kiwis Demand Shelf Respect
Meat Man Steaks Claim
Heinemann Chooses Its Laws
Air Safety Crashes
Less is More for Dixon
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
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.
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Heinemann Chooses Its Laws
An electrical parts manufacturer that said it had to dock workers a week's wages under federal laws, was slapped with eight safety improvement notices in the state jurisdiction.
The improvement notices put on Heinemann Electric in Melbourne's Mulgrave related to workplace bullying, unsafe work practices and the absence of equipment or planing in case of a fire.
Heinemann refyses to pay $33,000 in owed wages to 54 employees, saying Federal laws do not permit them to pay workers undertaking industrial action.
The workers had placed a ban on overtime during enterprise agreement negotiations.
Electrical Trades Union organiser Shaun Leane said it was a clear case hypocrisy.
"They're claiming they can't pay workers because of Federal laws, while at the same time showing disregard for the state's OHS act," Leane said.
Leane said the company's safety breaches had put lives at risk.
He said putting switchboards together required barriers to contain an explosion. Heinemann was found to be using ropes.
"If they don't die because of the explosion, they'd die trying to get out of the place," Leane said.
Leane said anyone who wished to make a donation to help the Heinemann workers could contact the ETU Victorian office on 03 8341 5555.
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