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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Kiwis Demand Shelf Respect
A Kiwi subsidiary of Australian retail giant Woolworths has locked out 600 distribution workers during enterprise agreement negotiations.
Progressive Enterprises shut its gates after workers struck for 48-hours four weeks ago.
The company had bypassed the union and offered the workers a 3.5 per cent pay increase.
Workers had wanted a national collective agreement with an eight per cent increase.
The Maritime Unions of Australia has pledged its support to the locked out workers.
MUA federal secretary Paddy Crumlin said it was outrageous a company that paid its chief executive officer $8 million a year was treating its staff this way.
"It's obscene company executives pocket multi-million dollar salaries, while working families have to struggle to keep their heads above water," Crumlin said.
More than $170,000 in donations to the workers' welfare fund have been received.
One way to donate is through the Maritime Union of New Zealand website: www.munz.org.nz
People wanting to send an email to the company can visit: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=140
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