Sucking the Oranges
Every three years the Australian union movement comes together for a gathering that is part policy forum, part Jamboree, the ACTU Congress.
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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Dragons Slay St George
Collective Contracts Still Rule
Boeing Bombs Individual Contracts
Multis Raid Nest Eggs
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Aunty Off the Air
Ban Ki-Moon, Koreans Warn
Super Shafting at Telstra
Qantas IT calls Bangalore home
Three Question Method
AWAs: Kids Stuff
The Westie Wing
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The Fear Factor
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Qantas IT calls Bangalore home
Qantas IT employees are facing a bleak future after the airline confirmed it would cut 340 jobs and hand its IT applications and maintenance functions to two Indian companies.
Until it announced the move yesterday at its AGM, Qantas had shrouded its offshoring plans in secrecy, but workers have reported that for some time they have been training the Indian workers who will take their jobs processing data for a range of online services like Frequent Flyer and Qantas.com.
"Three hundred and forty Australian families are not going to know whether their major breadwinner is going to have a job and this is an absolute outrage," said the Australian Services Union's assistant national secretary, Linda White.
"These Australian IT workers have built Qantas ... and are responsible for security and engineering and a range of maintenance issues that the Qantas board are clearly not aware of."
"The implications are enormous not only for employees but also for the flying public," said White.
Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon defended the move, saying it was for the good of the company and airlines should be at the forefront of globalisation. Dixon came away from the meeting $3.7 million richer, after being awarded 900,000 new shares in the company.
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