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.
Bananas in the Mail
Dragons Slay St George
Collective Contracts Still Rule
Boeing Bombs Individual Contracts
Multis Raid Nest Eggs
"Guests" Stood Over, AMWU
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
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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AWAs: Kids Stuff
Nearly 600 kids, under 15, have been employed on AWAs in the past nine months.
They were among 8300 individual contracts signed by Aussies under 19 years old, between last July and this May, according to the Office of the Employment Advocate.
The Advocate, charged with getting people onto AWAs, reported that another 13,269 individual contracts had been signed by people aged 18-21.
ACTU president Sharan Burrow said it was disturbing that thousands of young people were signing contracts that weren't even underpinned by a "no disadvantage test".
The OEA has already admitted that all AWAS, signed since the passage of WorkChoices, removed at least one award condition that John Howard promised would be "protected by law".
"These are terrible statistics that show a generation of Australians is growing up with fewer rights as a result of the Coalition Government's laws," Burrow said.
The OEA confirmed it had green-lighted 598 AWAs for children 15 years and younger, since last July.
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