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.
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In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.
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TAFE Students Called to Arms
By Carly Knowles
TAFE students will be encouraged to kick up a stink over the NSW Government’s proposed changes to their education structure.
Unions plan to set up 'student networks' on campus to inform TAFE students and encourage them to get active about changes that would see fees increase by up to 300 percent and basic skills courses no longer fee exempt.
The networks have the added advantage of increasing union presence in TAFEs where students are likely to carry membership into the workforce.
Secretary of the TAFE Teacher's Association, Linda Simon, says students have not been consulted about the proposed changes even though they are directly affected.
Initially, some unions have agreed to set up stalls, hand out leaflets, place posters around campus and sponsor a petition to the Education Minister opposing the changes.
"In the long term it allows us to build up a very active student voice. We can then work with our TAFE students to increase their involvement in unions overall," says Simon.
The networks will be based on each campus, but will also have a focus on the students' particular union.
"We want it to become their organisation, their networks, we don't want it to be run by the teachers. But we do want it to be connected to the unions." Says Simon.
The CFMEU, the AMWU and the Teacher's Federation are already planning the first stages of the networks and Simon expects other unions to soon come on board.
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