Looking for the Light
As Labor searches for its Light on the Hill at last a senior Labor figure has come out and said it: the main game for the ALP should not be about shedding union involvement but making the movement – and that involvement - stronger.
Interview: Packing a Punch
Former Hawke and Keating Minister Gary Punch injects some sanity into the debate over unions and the ALP
Bad Boss: Basher Takes Back Passage
A new contender for our Bad Boss has emerged as 140 Stegbar workers confront a boofhead with bad attitude, writes Jim Marr
Unions: Five Star Shafting
What is twenty three years of unbroken, fulltime service worth? Eight weeks, according to Tony Abbott, the Federal Government and the cheapskates who run Sydney’s posh Hilton Hotel.
Economics: TINA – Rest In Peace
Sydney University’s Frank Stilwell argues that the ‘There is No Alternative’ school of economics should be consigned to the dustbin of history
International: Against Bush's "War on Terrorism"
Washington has become the first State Labor Council in the U.S. to call on the AFL-CIO to seek repeal of the USA Patriot Act and oppose the Bush Administration, reports Fred Hyde.
Environment: Saving the World
After a ten-day talkfest, are we any closer to saving the world, asks Nick Lucchinelli
History: A Radical Scribe
John Shields loks at the life of Lloyd Ross' brother, Edgar, and his work as a journalist and activist in Broken Hill
Poetry: With A Little Help From My Friend
Even oil giant BP Australasia came out and supported the Kyoto Protocol - but that was not enough for our beloved Prime Minister.
Satire: Colonel Gaddafi Promotes Himself to General
After years of ribbing by his Axis of Evil peers, General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran and General Than Shwe of Burma, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has finally promoted himself to General.
Review: Workplace Dictatorship
Award-winning journalist Barbara Ehrenreich went undercover in low-wage America to see how people live on six bucks an hour. And what did she find? They can’t.
Cole Comfort: I’m Not Biased
Grassroots Drives Safety Campaign
Deloittes Curry Favour on Sub-Continent
Ansett Workers Short-Changed
Rail Workers Buck Individual Contract Wage Bribe
Carr to Drive Hilton Deal?
Bush Regenerators Weed Out Dodgy Deal
Insurers in Redfern Rort
Hairdresser Wins Fight For Wage Justice
Cabin Crews Argue for ‘Safety in Numbers’
‘Slave Labour’ In Insurance Industry
Westie Fires Up Over Durries
Beattie Plods into Risky Territory
Sydney to Host Social Forum
Ian West on Suncorp Metway
NSW MLC Ian West lifts the lid on moves to impose 'start before you start' clauses in the insurance industry
The Locker Room
Terrible Terry and the Nice Guy from Fitzroy
As the debate over the new coach hots up, Phil Doyle believes that all is not as it seems on the good ship Swan.
Week in Review
War on Terror
Next Wednesday, September 11, marks the anniversary of one of the most brutal acts of terrorism in modern history. Jim Marr’s picking it will pass by virtually un-noticed
The corporate world is holding back the waves of accountability with a crackdown on trusts rubbished and resistance to a new plan to increase corporate disclosure.
Collex Decision is Terrible
All In the Family?
Labor Council’s Alison Peters went looking for a family friendly workplace and got caught in a cheesy smokescreen.
Charity Begins At Home
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Grassroots Drives Safety Campaign
NSW unions will use new regulations requiring employers to consult with their workforce on OHS to spearhead into a statewide campaign for safer workplaces.
Labor Council is preparing to roll out the ‘UnionSafe’ campaign – with it’s catchy ‘Know Union, Know Safety, Know Living’ tagline thought up by rank and file delegate Matthew Druce.
Under law changes, effective from September 1, every workplace has the right to elect an OHS committee to represent it on safety issues. Workers have the right to approach their unions to conduct elections for these positions.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the new regulations provide a golden opportunity for unions to organise in areas where they have found it difficult to get a foldhold.
"What these regulations provide is a basic framework for workplace representation. Unions should be actively encouraging members to put themselves forward for these committees and take a leadership role in the workplace," Robertson said.
Labor Council has commenced a series of seminars to train delegates on their rights under the new regulations and ways to organise around safety issues.
A Beautiful Logo
It was at one of these seminars, for Municipal Employee Union delegates, that Matthew - who works for Parramatta Council - came up with the campaign slogan.
A series of potential taglines were provided to delegates for their feedback. One of them was around the 'Know Union, Know Safety' theme. What Matthew did was see the 'no' within these words.
"It was a bit like that movie 'A Beautiful Mind'," Matthew told Workers Online. "I'm not saying I'm a genius but I managed to connect the dots."
The UnionSafe tagline will be used on all materials, information and a new OHS website as the new regime takes effect.
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