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
Labor’s Craig Emerson discusses how the changes to his party’s leadership will impact on the industrial relations agenda.
Unions: Thinking Pink
What’s 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 year’s 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.
Peeking Dicks in Pickle
Lights Out on Cheap Labour
Blackout Hangs Over Sydney
Contractors Hang Up on Telstra
Uni Workers Too Smart For Minister
Employer Bullies Vie For ‘Tony’
South Coast Deal to Build Movement
TeleTech Safety Rep Vows to Fight On
Corporates Urged to Come Clean
MP Too Busy For Teachers
Bosses Block Good Shops Code
Engineers Ground Safety System
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
Every innings comes to an end, some too soon, and others not soon enough, writes Phil Doyle.
Labor's Craig Emerson puts the spotlight on the Howard Government's politics of division.
Feds Ignore Building Deaths
The Westie Wing
Workers Friend Ian West MLC is back with his monthly round-up from Macquarie Street.
Bob Gould On Kicking The Liberals Out
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South Coast Deal to Build Movement
Unions are planning to rev up organising activity in southern NSW, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between the South Coast and NSW Labor Councils.
In what is seen as a model for regional unionism, the NSW Labor Council will formally recognise the South Coast Labor Council as a regional branch council and inject significant financial resources into the region.
While the SCLC will retain it sown affiliation and political autonomy, campaigning activity will be better integrated with the rest of the NSW movement.
Under the partnership, SCLC secretary Arthur Rorris will take a seat on the NSW Labor Council executive where he will take on responsibility for coordinating campaigns all the way to the Victorian border.
Rorris says the partnership meets the SCLC's financial challenges and positions the Council to help grow the movement.
"There is an urgency now across all sections of the movement to improve cooperation at regional, state and national peak councils to address the crisis over continuing membership," Rorris told the Illawarra Mercury this week.
NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the SCLC's strong community links and history of grassroots campaign represented a significant contribution to the broader movement.
"The reality is we are struggling in regional NSW and branch councils are required to coordinate union activity and make sure workers don't fall through the cracks," Robertson says.
"Branch council can become the mechanism to campaign for rural workers' interests and allow affiliates to share resources to better service their members.
"It is my hope that at the end of this process, every single worker in regional NSW will have access to union assistance in the area they work. "
Robertson says he intends to commence discussions in other areas based on the South Coast model.
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