The Road to Bangalore
A funny thing is happening as the major corporations plan their latest heist on the Australian public – the off shoring of an estimated two million white collar jobs to low cost countries like India.
Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Finance Sector Union national secretary Paul Schroder is standing between the big banks and a bucket of money.
Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Chris Christodoulou gives seven reasons why WorkChoices is bad for business
Unions: The IT Factor
The future of Australian IT looks grim as big companies lead the rush to India and China, writes Jackie Woods.
Politics: Bargain Basement
Simple principles of democracy underpin the ACTU's collective bargaining proposal, insists ACTU Secrteary Greg Combet.
Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Al Gore may be warning of climate breakdown, but what hope the truth when he's up against such a well-oiled machine? asks Paul Sheridan
Corporate: Two Sides
Bilateral trade agreements are a good idea – just ask the US multinationals. The rest of us should strongly disagree says Pat Ranald
International: Unfair Dismissals
Nearly 10,000 workers were fired for their trade union activities in 2005, an annual trade union survey shows.
History: A Stitch in Time
Neale Towart takes some lessons from female textile workers while considering the case for recognition ballots.
Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
A film charting the turmoil of the Irish war for independence against British occupation during the 1920s might seem an odd choice for top honours at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.
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Umpire Delivers to Posties
Organisers of the November 30 national day of action have been buoyed by an AIRC ruling that unions can promote the action without facing massive fines.
The Australian Industrial Relations Commission has overturned a ruling that prevented Australia Post workers participating in the June 28 national protest.
On the eve of that action, a single AIRC Commissioner issued orders that prevented the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union from promoting the event.
The CEPU had encouraged its Australia Post members to take leave to attend the rally and Australia Post responded by denying leave and issuing threats of disciplinary action.
The CEPU appealed the decision arguing that a ruling that threatened union officials, delegates and Australia Post workers with penalties and fines for exercising their democratic rights was outside the powers of the AIRC.
In a majority decision, the AIRC full bench has ruled that the decision to make an order against Australia Post workers and their Union officials was wrong as promoting participation in the National Day of Community action did not constitute the organising of industrial action against Australia Post.
CEPU NSW secretary Jim Metcher says the decision vindicates the union and reinforces the value of the AIRC's role as an independent umpire.
"The umpire has upheld the right of workers and their union to promote the National Day of Community action," Mr Metcher said.
"If the original decision had stood a number of workers could have been exposed to massive penalties and fines similar to that currently being experienced by Australian building industry workers, their families."
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