Some of the biggest names in corporate Australia are copping a spanking right now – and while the troubles are of their own making the fall-out may have broader consequences.
Interview: Generation Next
The Australian Services Union's Luke Foley is one of a group of thirty-somethings taking the reins of the union movement.
Legal: We’re All Terrorists Now
The Government’s hastily cobbled security laws are so all-encompassing that jamming the boss’s fax could see you eating porridge in Long Bay for the rest of your life, reports Noel Hester.
Unions: Holding the Baby
The concept of Carers’ Responsibilities doesn’t appear to have penetrated the ageing walls of the Australian Retailers Federation, reports Jim Marr.
International: Taking It To The Streets
In the past few days 22 million workers have taken to the streets in two countries over the global push to cut workers rights, as Andrew Casey reports.
History: Off the Wall
Creative campaign posters provide a colourful archive of worker struggles from the past, writes Neale Towart.
Economics: Financing International Development
John Langmore details the significance of the first International Conference on Financing Development held in Mexico in March.
Satire: Queen Mum's Life Tragically Cut Short
The world has been numbed by grief and shock, after Her Royal Highness the Queen Mother unexpectedly died last night at the tender age of 101.
Review: Return of The People’s Parliament
The last two weeks has seen the return of the most democratic program on the television, Big Brother. Cultural theoritian Mark Morey reports.
Poetry: Silent Night
Our resident bard, David Peetz, turns his hand to the Senate Inquiry into a Certain Maritime Incident.
Tobacco Giant's New Smoking Gun
Evidence Proves McJobs A Reality
Workers Die Waiting For Justice
Abbot Sparks Nuclear Reaction
Sick As A Dog Or Pissed As A Parrot?
Workers’ Anthem – Hip Hop or Grunge?
DOCS Crisis – At Risk Kids Slipping Through Net
Call Centre Workers Stiffed - Survey
Broadcast Blues at SBS
South Coast Medical Centre in Della’s Sights
Sydney Take-Off For Security Campaign
Israel On Dangerous Ground
Technicians Take Aim At Canon
Intel Faces Email Censure Challenge
Megawati Reopens Marsinah Case
The Politics of Unfair Dismissal
Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations Robert McClelland finally nails down the Labor line on the Abbott sackings laws.
The Locker Room
Tipping the Scales
Jim Marr argues that policing of the ten-metre rule is creating havoc for footy tipsters.
Stand and Deliver
It might be tough for some - but for shareholders and executives, life is just dandy.
Week in Review
Stretching the Truth
The political porkie still reigns supreme on the big stage but, good news in the form of a warning, some tall tales from the past are unravelling with embarrassing consequences…
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Sick As A Dog Or Pissed As A Parrot?
NSW employers can expect to be hit up for flu vaccinations as specialists suggest working with the flu is as dangerous as labouring under the influence of alcohol.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson is throwing his organisation’s weight behind a national campaign to vaccinate as many people as possible, healthy adults included, before this year’s virus strikes.
"This should be a basic workplace issue," Robertson says. "Preventative action means a win-win outcome. Workers will increase their chances of remaining healthy while employers can save costs on unnecessary absenteeism.
"We will be encouraging all workers to pressure employers to organise and pay for flu vacinnations."
Robertson says Labor Council will give a lead by making vacinnations available to its staff.
The council was addressed by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories director of public health, Dr Neil Formica, who warned against viewing the flu as just another cold.
"It is a distinct viral infection causing severe symptoms which result in widespread illness every year," he said.
He said while the elderly and those with chronic conditions faced higher health risks, everyone should consider the benefits of vacinnation.
Dr Formica told delegates researchers had likened working with flu to working drunk, revealing it could slow reaction times by as much as 40 percent.
Robertson said the latter point made combatting flu a frontline union issue.
"It's health and safety, in more ways than one," he said.
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