Solidarity Gets Sexy
Here’s an image of modern trade unionism: articulate soap stars gives evidence to Senate inquiry into free trade; young IT workers pressure the government to get Big Brother out of the workplace and strapping young footballers join the union to take on the might of Murdoch’s NRL.
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
Gloves Off Over Workers’ Rights
Win for Victims of Rio Tinto "Blood Sport"
League Players Join Union Team
The Stack Goes On
Trolley Rort Gathers Pace
Allende Comes to Fairfield
Vale Ernie Razborsek
Kodak Chops Workers from Picture
Stool Lady’s Stand Vindicated
Nurses Seek Work-Based Elder Care
Aussie Stars Buck Trade Off
High Tech Pokies Threaten Jobs
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.
The New Globalism
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee
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Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
There are two major problems with the code of conduct for pickets as outlined in Workers Online news items (Issue 187).
My first concern is that the code gives control of the picket to the union officials (or delegate) rather than the branch (as a group) who are directly affected. We often hear the movement's officials talk about turning unions into grass roots activists networks, but the minute it really matters (on strike, on a rally, on a picket) control is taken away from the workers.
Instead; the union movement needs to train officials to be advisors and supporters on site rather than be the people who run the show and give directions. The union movement needs to dismiss its top down practices if it hopes to improve recruitment and retention within our ranks. Real participation is the answer. Not just another boss taking control.
The second problem is that the strength of a picket is its ability to hamper trade, therefore profit. The picket is a clear demonstration that the workers create the wealth. This code of conduct suggests that the hampering of trade cannot occur. I'm reminded of the quote "Bad laws are made to be broken". It's a question of who starts the violence and how we handle the PR afterwards.
A third concern is the agreement to shut out community/political groups on pickets. But I'll leave the discussion about democracy to another day. If it's good enough for Howard and Abbott to ignore democracy I guess its good enough for us.
NSWNA Branch Rep RPA
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