The Unmaking of History
The new millennium has got off to an ominous start. The fireworks, circuses and self-congratulation of 2000 were a thing of the past and we were left with the task of redefining ourselves in a new era.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson looks back on a turbulent year and forward to a dynamic 2002.
International: Global Year in Review
Labourstart's Eric Lee gives his take on a year where the world changed forever.
Unions: A Year at the Barricades
2001 was a year when workers were forced to fight for what they once took for granted.
Technology: Unions Online 2001
Social Change Online's Mark McGrath looks at the advances unions made in web development in 2001.
Republic: Terror Australis
ARM national director James Terrie asks where to now for the Republic?
Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Frank Stilwell looks back at a troubled year and looks forward to the challenges for the labour movement.
Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Strewth's Steve Cannane went into the viper's nest on election night and emerged with an ordinary feeling.
Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Wide boys, spivs, spin doctors and hereditary idiots have hijacked a once great Australian institution.
Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Cultural theoritician Mark Morey deconstructs the televisual subplots of our collective consciousness.
Legal: The New McCarthyism
The “war on terrorism” declared in the wake of the American events of September 11 dramatically threatens Australian democratic life.
Unions Take Lead in Refugee Rethink
Workers Christmas Wish List
Sparkie Snares Organiser of the Year Title
Bosswatch Gets International Attention
Bank Workers Get Serious in 2002
Qantas's Warfare Agenda Exposed
Cabin Crew Stand Up for Themselves
Win for Medibank Workers
City Council's Tactics Rival Worst in the World
Dynamic New Start for Musos
Unions in the Mosh Pit
Into the Crystal Ball
What will happen in 2002? We asked some of the players in the world of industrial relations to look into the crystal ball.
The Locker Room
The 2002 Workers Online Sports Awards
There may have been no Olympics, but there were some stellar performances in 2001, from madass bad boys to terminated talents, these are the big ones.
Neale Towart's Labour (Year in) Review
Sporting a Costa crew-cut, a new look Neale looks back on some issues of 2001 that look likely to the centres of debate for unions in 2002.
A Fair Go For All
Tool of the Year? You're Standing In It
After a year when Australians brought out the worst in themselves, we all stand condemned for a stint in the Tool Shed.
The First Bastion
Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
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Win for Medibank Workers
After months of campaigning, 1,100 Medibank Private staff have won their struggle for 'family-friendly' working conditions.
Over 85% of staff have voted to accept the latest enterprise bargaining proposal after management agreed to drop controversial plans to extend the working day and impose weekend work.
CPSU spokesperson, Malcolm Larsen, is "delighted" with the result a describing it as "a significant victory which vindicates the hard-line members took against management's earlier proposals."
"Many Medibank staff have young families and they made it crystal clear they would not accept any deal that made it harder for them to spend time with their kids. This dispute wasn't just about pay and conditions. It was about helping with school work and turning up for netball games," he said.
The new agreement delivers other 'family friendly' initiatives including two weeks Paid Paternity Leave, six weeks Adoption Leave and access to Maternity Leave at half pay.
The two-year agreement also includes a 6.5% pay increase and 3.5% backdated from January 2001.
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