It has taken the tragic death of 16-year-old Joel Exner to focus public opinion on laws that allow an employer guilty of killing a worker to get off paying a measly $1800.
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!
It's Official - Life Worth $1800
Bank Fesses-Up on Robbery
Corrigan Straddles Robot
Striking Guards Beat Chubb
Killer Company Cuts And Runs
Call Centre Loses Its Sensis
Greens Set to Bowl Workers’ Homes
The RSL With No Beer
Law Rewritten To Get Workers’ Cash
Pressures Lead To Truckie Deaths
Soup Kitchen Signals Bleak Future For TAFE
Art For Workers Sake
Carr Sweeps Cleaners Off Their Feet
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.
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.
The Miracle Of Tom
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Greens Set to Bowl Workers’ Homes
Anti-logging activists have latched onto Howard Government laws to launch a Supreme Court prosecution that could cost eight Victorian forestry workers their family homes.
The action for "unspecified damages" - against eight workers, four sub-contractors, the CFMEU and its Victorian branch secretary, Jane Calvert - stems from a 1999 union picket at Seaview Ridge, inland from Apollo Bay.
Even though police were in attendance, and no charges were laid, protesters say the picket, mounted by timber workers and community members, amounted to unlawful imprisonment.
The Supreme Court has set aside 50 days to hear an action, described by CFMEU forestry division president, Trevor Smith, as a threat to the whole trade union movement.
"If this action is successful it will set a precedent and lead to all unions and workers, defending their rights to work, being the subject of litigation," Smith said.
"It is a clear attempt to bankrupt and intimidate workers through extensive litigation. If is succeeds it will be exploited by employers and the Howard Government to further erode working conditions."
Attempts to mediate a settlement, using public figures like Greens senator Bob Brown, have been fruitless.
Smith urged litigants, including a paid Wilderness Society organiser, to consider the ramifications of their actions on growing political co-operation between the working class and Green movements.
Workers Online understands that some named defendants were not even present at Seaview Ridge on the day in question. It understands the defence will argue protesters were offered a police escort from the area at any time they wanted to leave but turned it down.
The claimants are expected to contend the picket blocked Seaview Ridge Rd and prevented them leaving. None claims to have suffered financial loss but they allege the action resulted in cuts, lacerations, pain, suffering, anxiety, stress, fear and a "dimunition" of their ability to enjoy the bush and wilderness experience.
One of their number says, that in order to escape, he borrowed ill-fitting shoes that resulted in tropical ulcers, cuts and blisters which took months to heal.
The case is expected to begin on October 6.
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