Hearts, Minds and Other Body Parts
Thanks to advances in technology, workers are being asked to expose more and more of themselves to their employer: their emails, their genes, even their urine.
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.
Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.
Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.
Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack
International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown
Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear
Authority Shafts Excessive Mine Hours
Insurance Quiz: Money or the Baby?
Monk Lined up with Jihad Masters
Rat in Ranks, Tubner Warns
Hard Drug Stance Stoned
Vote Snooping Bosses Out of House
Termination Battle Hots Up
US Actors Back Aussie Comrades
TAFE Students Called to Arms
Teachers Caught in Family Feud
Longer Strikes Spark Picket Code
Max Sets Athens as Airport Standard
Indigenous First for Construction
Call Centre Jobs Diverted From Delhi
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.
The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.
Feedback on Feedback
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee
Sid Einfield Would be Proud
Tom in the Manger
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Vote Snooping Bosses Out of House
Unions are inviting workers to mark the final Big Brother eviction by calling on the Carr Government to ban electronic surveillance in the workplace.
The NSW Labor Council has established a special campaign website where workers can email Premier Bob Carr and Attorney General Bob Debus to act on undertakings made more than two years ago to end electronic monitoring at work.
In particular, unions seek a ban on employers monitoring workers emails and blocking emails from unions.
In 2001 the NSW Law Reform Commission recommended safeguards be put in place based on the Video Surveillance Act, which places strict limits on how and in what circumstances employees can be filmed.
The reforms have been bogged down because the A-G now claims it is a federal government issue. This is contrary to advice provided to Labor Council by Supreme Court Justice Jeff Shaw, prior to his appointment.
Labor Council argues the Carr Government should move on the recommendations and then be prepared to argue the constitutional issues - the alternative is to allow Howard to set the standards.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says unions have been arguing for some years that workers should not be spied on at work.
"Employers should not screen private emails. While there should be limits placed on email usage, emails themselves should not be monitored.
"Big Brother's eviction night is a good opportunity to launch our campaign. While the contestants in big brother have agreed to be monitored, workers do not and should not be spied on.
Labor Council is calling on all workers to visit our 'Who's Watching [email protected]' site and send a message to the government - go to http://www.labor.net.au
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