A New Mark for Labor
Few of us who care about the future of the labour movement would not admit to a surge of hope and sense of excitement following the election of Mark Latham to the federal parliamentary leadership.
Interview: Muscling Up
Laborï¿½s Craig Emerson discusses how the changes to his partyï¿½s leadership will impact on the industrial relations agenda.
Unions: Thinking Pink
Whatï¿½s the difference between a Nursing Home and an Aged Care Facility? More than semantics, according to nurses worried Australia is woefully unprepared for the crash at the end of the baby-boom cycle, writes Jim Marr.
Bad Boss: Global Bully
If nothing else, US-based call centre giant TeleTech is consistent. After being nosed out of last yearï¿½s Bad Boss gong it is back, bigger and badder than ever in its search for Tony honours.
Unions: National Focus
In this national round up by Noel Hester, Hugh McKay tells us how the young are sticking together in a bewildered society, the gongs get handed out at the ACTU awards and there is a chance to win as a worthy wordsmith.
Economics: Friend or Flunkey?
On New Years Day as you look at the wine stains and tread on a soggy puddle on the carpet, will you look for the phone and call a cleaner? Gabrielle Meagher gives a few ethical dilemmas to confront before you make that call.
History: Young Blood
Youth is no barrier to political leadership, as the 37-year-old John Watson proved 100 years ago, writes Neale Towart.
Industrial: Living For Work?
Mark Hearn reports from a recent conference addressing the dilemma of work, citizenship and community.
International: Fighting Together
The international trade union movement is launching a Global Unions HIV/AIDS campaign to combat the spread of the virus.
Poetry: Medicare Plus Blues
Is the Government's new health plan a plus for Medicare? Asks resident bard David Peetz
Review: Human Racing
Seabiscuit is a great horse movie but more than that it serves as a powerful metaphor for the importance of living for the future while maintaining passion and compassion in the present, writes Tara de Boehmler.
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Workers Win At Safety Meet
In his 500th piece of activist journalism, long-term Workers Online contributor Rowan Cahill sends a personal message to our prime Minister.
The Locker Room
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Blackout Hangs Over Sydney
A $200 million project to back-up central Sydneyï¿½s power supply is threatened by Transgridï¿½s proposed relocation to a site on the cityï¿½s western outskirts.
A key engineer on the project, who lives on the Northern Beaches, is questioning whether or not he can make the move to Wallgrove, near Eastern Creek, which lacks public transport and is hours away from most workers ï¿½ some of whom commute from the Central Coast and Wollongong.
Transgrid has refused a request for a Risk Assessment on its new headquarters, with management adopting a 'take it or leave it' approach to hundred of head office employees.
"They said 'we're going to Wallgrove, come if you want'." says PSA member Ho Yam Yeow.
"The move makes no sense unless there is a hidden agenda to downsize," says Paul Barrett, who works at Transgrid's Elizabeth Street headquarters in the city. "The proposal has caused a lot of hardship. People's fears and anxieties have been heightened."
"For some people they just cannot go to Eastern Creek."
Big Impact On Families
Ho Yam Yeow is concerned about the impact of the move as he has a sick wife and two children under seven.
"How am I supposed to get home in an emergency?" asks Yeow. "This is having a big impact on my family."
"Unless you've got a helicopter there's no way I could do it."
Another worker is looking at his family having to sacrifice one income to sustain the move.
"My wife will have to quit her job," he said. "Given the impact I would expect some consultation."
"It's unacceptable and upsetting."
The decision by Transgrid is likely to see a 'brain drain' from the organisation - especially from specialised and qualified engineers who are in demand.
"They'll lose key people," says one Transgrid insider. "They'll have trouble replacing these engineers."
The Public Service Association of NSW and the NSW Labor Council are backing the workers and will be seeking a meeting with the Minister to resolve the issue.
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