Recently many union members, especially in the manufacturing sector, have raised concerns about employers engaging in dodgy apprenticeship schemes. The schemes allow bosses to employ new or existing employees as apprentices or trainees, and receive thousands of dollars in both federal and state government funding. Advertisements
Over half a million workers marched across Australia on 15 November, protesting against John Howard’s new Industrial Relations laws. The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) called the national community day of protest with meetings and rallies in all major cities.
About 100 people turned up outside the US Embassy in Melbourne, last Friday night, to protest against the continuing occupation of Iraq. The demonstration was organised by the Socialist Party and was a slightly different format to the usual anti-war protests seen in Australia.