Those of us preparing to protest US President George W Bush’s visit to Australia must tread a fine line – between condemning the policies of an illegitimate president with a dangerous agenda and damning an entire nation.
Interview: No Ifs, No Butts
Rugby League Professionals Association president Tony Butterfield on his battle to deliver a collective agreement for NRL players.
Unions: National Focus
In this month’s national wrap: Noel Hester meets a heavy hitter talking up open source unionism, truckies front the suits at Boral’s AGM, tales of corporate bastardry and Medicare birthday revelry.
Industrial: Fools Gold
Unions have thrashed out a string of protocols with the NSW Labor Government. Some, now, are questioning whether they are worth the cheap, imported paper they are written on, reports Jim Marr.
Bad Boss: Bones of Contention
Byron Bay chicken boners have nominated thier boss for a Tony after seeing their entitlements plucked.
History: The Gong Show
In late September the South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) celebrated 75 unbroken years championing the rights of workers in the coastal Illawarra region 80 kilometres south of Sydney, writes Rowan Cahill.
Politics: The Hawke Legacy
The election of the Hawke Labor government twenty years ago holds some salient lessons for today’s Labor Party, writes Troy Bramston.
International: Sick Nation
As Australia celebrates 20 years of Medicare’s universal health coverage the crisis facing American workers in need of medical care is a useful reminder of what we’ve got – and what we stand, writes Andrew Casey.
Economics: Closed Minds
Philip Mendes looks at the political influence of right-wing think tanks, their financial backing and asks why the left hasn’t been able to get its ideas out there.
Review: Mixing Pop and Politics
He's had relations, with girls from many nations... but Billy Bragg seems to like us Aussies as much or even more than any of the others, writes Pádraig Collins.
Poetry: One Size Fits All
There once was a man from the Lodge - Who tried hard, our poems, to dodge... Resident bard David Peetz is back!
Rail Whistleblower Attacked - Again
Royal Con on Tape
Call Centre Stumps Umpire
Breakthrough for Email Privacy
Harbour Sell Off Sparks Occupation
Harvey World Travel Locks Up Tour
STOP PRESS: Telstra Drops Out
Workers Voice Gets Hard Edge
Employees Disable Hard-Ball Bosses
Canberra Eyes Crash Windfall
Bush Whacker - Dubya Fingered
Assault Costs Education Department
Uni Workers Stand Up To Feds
Thousands Say No to Cole
The Town that Struck
North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.
The $140 Million Patriot
It would be hard to imagine a steeper slide from hero to zero than the experience of Richard Grasso, the now-deposed head of the New York Stock Exchange. writes Jim Stanford.
Bush's Bad News Blues
The Bush Administration is cooking up a new campaign 'to shine light on progress made in Iraq', writes Bill Berkowitz.
The Locker Room
A Tale Of One City
Phil Doyle gazes into the crystal ball for signs of life, and finds that somewhere the horses are running in the wrong direction.
With Banners Furled
There is no better account of the glory that was the annual Labour Day marches than that given by Kylie Tennant in Foveaux, her fictional account of life in inner Sydney in 1912, the year she was born.
The Westie Wing
Our favourite Macquarie Street MP, Ian West MLC, reports on the world of NSW politics.
On The Waterfront
The Cancun Wash-Up
The dramatic collapse of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, last month has been followed by a deafening quiet from Geneva, Brussels and Washington, writes Peter Murphy.
An Honest Job
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Assault Costs Education Department
An assault on a Teachers Aide at a School for Special Purposes has led to the NSW Department of Education and Training being fined $160,000 for breaches of the Occupational Health & Safety Act. The unprecedented legal action firmly places inadequate staffing levels as an OHS hazard.
The NSW Industrial Relations Commission found the assault could have been prevented with adequate staffing levels.
"We are pleased with the result," says John Cahill, Public Service Association Acting General Secretary. "PSA members work in lots of dangerous places; gaols, juvenile detention centres; and even places like the RTA where public counters have the potential to be violent [places]."
"We will continue to insist that employers provide a safe working environment for everyone."
The PSA, who had prosecuted the Education Department, was awarded 70 percent of costs and 50 percent of the fine.
The incident occurred at a special needs school when a teachers' aide was left alone in charge of a number of physically and intellectually disabled students, some of whom were known to be particularly violent. The aide had requested that a teacher be present to assist in the supervision of the children. Her request had not yet been met when a 15-year-old student attacked her. After further assaults she now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and has not returned to work.
The PSA stressed that they apportioned no blame to the intellectually disabled student.
In handing down the sentence Justice Michael Walton of the NSW IRC said that the risk to safety posed by the inadequate staff levels "was not only reasonably foreseeable, but the risk of assault was 'known and avoidable'."
Justice Walton said the provision of a portable duress alarm, as an alternative to the fixed telephone in the classroom, was an "obvious and practical step" that the Department could have taken to minimise the risk of assault.
The case sets a precedent for more prosecutions by recognising inadequate staff numbers as a legitimate OHS hazard.
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