The Struggle Continues
While the romantic image of May Day may be one of international struggle to establish a workers paradise, the reality is far more pragmatic and practical.
Interview: If The Commission Pleases
President Lance Wright marks the NSW Industrial Relations Commission's centenary with an exclusive interview with Workers Online.
History: Protest and Celebrate
Neale Towart scours the globe to discover the spirit of May Day online – the celebration of the eight-hour day.
Unions: A Novel Approach
A union office has been transformed into a library thanks to efforts to provide books for children in detention centres, reports Jim Marr.
Industrial: Hare Tony, Hare Tony
Close your eyes and the Mad Monk sounds like a Hare Krishna, but increasingly the world is tuning out from his mantra about IR reform, writes Noel Hester.
International: Never Forget Jenin
Trade unionist Sari Kassis argues the word 'Jenin' now defines Palestinian demands for justice.
Politics: Left Right Out In France
The results of the first round vote for the French presidency have led to mass protests and calls for national unity, Paul Howes reports.
Health: Delivering A Public Health Revolution
Zoe Reynolds travelled to Cuba to discover how Australians are backing a ground-breaking child health project.
Review: The Secret Life of U(nion)s
Tara de Boehmler stumbles upon a juicy trade union sub-plot in the popular GenX TV drama.
Poetry: May Day, May Day
Rapper Swarmy G is one of the finalists in our workers anthem comp with this ode to May Day.
Shonky Bosses Get Contract Brush
Kirby Bouquet for Equal Pay
Deep Pocket Syndrome Stalks IRC
Court Decision Threatens Thousands Of Jobs
Safety Summit to Set Accident Targets
Detention Centre Vets Song Lyrics
Fat Sheep Dip Into Workers Pockets
Government Con Drives SA Vehicle Blue
Dead Worker’s Family Calls for Safety Crime Laws
Netball Mum Bounces Back
Aussie Agency Backs War Crimes Call
Thumbs-up For Union Immigration Role
May Day Rundown
DOCS Worker Assaulted In Courthouse
Queensland Unions Move on Youth Exploitation
A Humane Under-Belly
Presenting the annual Kingsley Laffer Lecture, Justice Michael Kirby argues that international human rights underpin Australian industrial law.
The Locker Room
The Hidden Culture of Indigenous Football
Brian McCoy argues that indigenous footballers do not just bring thier skills to the game, they bring their culture as well.
Of Shares and Options
It was a week when Rio Tinto faced its shareholders, Ford faced a backlash and a bid to cap US executive salaries failed.
Week in Review
The ANZAC Spirit?
Jim Marr wonders what the ANZACs would have said about our current treatment of the homeless and needy.
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Safety Summit to Set Accident Targets
The NSW Government has announced a historic Workplace Safety Summit, designed to drive a 40 percent reduction in the rate of workplace accidents, injuries and deaths over the next decade.
The initiative has been developed with NSW Labor Council, and comes ahead of Sunday’s International Day of Mourning for people killed or seriously injured at work.
NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca, says the Summit will take place in Bathurst in July. It will feature international experts on workplace safety, together with senior government, union and industry representatives.
"This Summit will develop strategies to deliver a reduction in workplace injuries and illnesses of at least 40 percent by 2012," Della Bosca says.
Occupations with the highest risk are labourers (52 injuries per 1,000 workers), plant and machine operators and drivers (49.7) and tradespersons (35.1).
Fatalities have fallen significantly from 181 in 1999/2000 to 139 in 2000/2001. "While that is a very welcome reduction, it is a tragedy that 139 people have lost their lives at work in NSW in one year," Della Bosca says.
In the past 12 months in NSW, a 48 year old timber cutter was killed when using a chainsaw to cut down a tree, a 26 year old trainee sustained fatal crush injuries to the head from a hydraulically operated pile driver and a 53 year old labourer died from a asthma attack after being splashed by polyurethane.
"By convening the Workplace Safety Summit and with modern and effective occupational health and safety legislation in place, NSW is taking active steps to reduce accidents, injuries and deaths in the workplace," Della Bosca said.
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