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.
OWS Blesses Tassie Plunder
Feds Knew About Wage Slashing
Data Farmers' Bitter Harvest
Umpire Delivers to Posties
It's a Goal - Compass Out-Pointed
Childcare Giant Goes Union
Meat Head Jumps The Queue
AWAs – Thanks a Million
Vets’ Fight On
TB Threat From FoC Ship
Hamberger in Cancer Blue
AMWU Challenges Forced Deportation
Let’s Dance – Andrews Get Hot
Legal Centres Under Threat
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a walk around the backyard with the Prime Minister…
Hugo Chavez's explosive address to the United Nations
The Fear Factor
A new analysis of the history of fear takes us from the war on terror all the way to the modern workplace.
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Hamberger in Cancer Blue
Former federal government IR point-man, Jonathan Hamberger, is considering whether or not the dismissal of a cancer sufferer, who told his boss he needed time off for chemotherapy, was justified.
Hamberger, who built an anti-worker reputation as an aggressive employer representative and John Howard's original Employment Advocate, heard more than 10 hours of evidence, last week, as an IRC Commissioner.
He reserved his decision in the case brought by Lyle Whyte, 57, against Ullrich Aluminium.
Whyte is still allowed to take an unjustified dismissal case because more than 100 people are employed at Ullrich's Smithfield site.
The nervous warehouse supervisor said he couldn't tell which way Hamberger was leaning.
"I'm just hoping," Whyte said, "it's hard to know what counts as unjustified under WorkChoices."
NUW rep, Mark Ptolemy, said Whyte was adamant he lost his job because he needed time off for chemotherapy treatment.
He said Whyte had been diagnosed in January and, after being hospitalised, he returned to work to find he had been demoted.
"In June, the company sacked him on the basis of 'poor performance' halfway through a vital cancer treatment," Ptolemy said.
"There had been no previous performance issues."
Hamberger is expected to rule on the matter this week.
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