Workers Online
Workers Online
Workers Online
  Issue No 1 Official Organ of LaborNet 19 February 1999  




*  Interview: Michael Costa
The new Labor Council secretary explains factions, frictions and how to save the union movement.
*  Unions: Getting Under The Skin
The cash-in-transit industry - known for it's vulnerability to violence and theft - comes under scrutiny as the industry moves to a new "soft skin" operation
*  History: Remembering the Labor Press
Workers Online is just the latest in a long tradition of publishing by working people and their organisations.
*  Review: Powderfinger's Political Power Pop
We look at a band who still reckon they can mix music with a bit social commentary.
*  Campaign Diary: Hartcher Chokes On His Own Uglies
No-one would have been more surprised by last week’s announcement of the Coalition industrial relations policy than its spokesman on the issue, Chris Hartcher.

Michael Costa - Secretary, Labor Council

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The pressure of long working hours is having an impact on many full-time workers’ health, social life and even their sex life, according to a Labor Council-Newspoll survey.
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Geeks Blow Up
In what is believed to be an industry first, software developers at Toshiba have been taking industrial action over the issue of work hours.
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The Greatest Act on Earth
The NSW Industrial Relations Act is the best set of workplace laws in the world, according to one of Australia's leading industrial lawyers.
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Museum of Contemporary Art calls time
Workers at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney have taken Andy Warhol's classic line that in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes and given it a dark twist.
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MEAA Goes Country!
Performers at this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival did not just get the chance to showcase their talents, they were also enticed to sign up to the union movement by a spirited organiser.
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Letters to the Editor

Workers Online Kicks Off!

Welcome to the debut edition of Workers OnLine. Every week we'll bring you news and views in the traditions of the workers press of yesteryear, but with our eyes firmly on the future.

We want to make Workers Online not only your first source of independent progressive news, but also a site that's informative, irreverent and fun to hit.

While the initiative is being supported by Labor Council, it is not an official Council mouthpiece. We'll be welcoming and publishing diverse views in an effort to promote the sort of debate that we need if we are to become a presence in the workplaces of the future.

In these early days the one thing you can do to support Workers OnLine is to get as many colleagues to subscribe as you can. It's easy to print out the front page, so pass it around and spread the word.

Our aim is to attract sufficient traffic to generate advertising, so we can be continually improving the paper. And if you want to contribute an article, use the Feedback link to get in touch with us.

With falling union membership and an increasingly hostile mainstream media, we are indeed living in interesting times.

Labor Council is committed to being at the forefront of the war to win back our membership base by establishing an active presence in cyberspace. Hope you will join us.


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