Somewhere between Bangalore and Surrey Hills a story about off shoring of Australian jobs got confused this week; unleashing a round of hand-wringing that speaks volumes about the political and commercial potency of this issue.
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.
Money Walks Over Jobs
Classifieds the New IR Attack Dog
States Keep Stakes in IR Blueprint
Meatworkers Boned by WorkChoices
Tune Up for Radio Rentals
Democracy Overboard in Bass Strait
Unionist Targeted for Deportation
Taxpayers Taken to the Cleaners
Staff Sunk By Float
AWB Sets New Low
Heinemann Pushes the Envelope
Giant Catastrophe for Crew
Workers Lose Right to Choose Lawyers
Skill Vouchers A Dud, AMWU
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
Honest John, Would You Like Lies With That
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.
The Unpromised Land
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Classifieds the New IR Attack Dog
A Sydney electrical company has taken out advertisements in the employment pages of newspapers to threaten workers before they vote on industrial action.
In a new and ingenuous form of intimidation, Wilken Electrical Services is placing ads to employ workers on AWAs, while its current employees bargain for a collective agreement.
Electrical Trades Union organiser Dan Weizman says workers will vote in a secret ballot, one of the first under the Howard Government's WorkChoices laws, to take protected industrial action.
Wilken Electrical is demanding the workers accept a halving in the number of Rostered Days Off, loss of travel and fare allowances, an $80 per week salary cut and a five year pay freeze.
When the 12 electricians attempted to negotiate a collective agreement on their terms, the employer began bringing in workers on AWAs.
"As the industrial position of the workers has hardened, the employer has become more aggressive in recruiting new workers on AWAs," Weizman says.
"These electricians are being told they must accept lower conditions and less RDOs or they will not get any work.
"It is like they have a knife to their throats - they have families and mortgages - and to be sent the message their work will go if they stand up for their rights is just bully tactics.
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