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.
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Workers Win At Safety Meet
Nearly thirty workers were presented with Safety Achievement Awards by NSW Premier Bob Carr at the second annual UnionSafe Safety Delegates Conference held at Darling Harbour on December 5.
Among the winners were Sgt Mark Conway, who has been making the streets safer for police through his involvement in new equipment; defensive tactics and firearms training initiatives as well as uniform issues.
He is currently seeking to resolve the growing incidence of back injury through the introduction of a new equipment belt.
Other winners included:
Norman O'Neil, a bricklayer with 50 years of experience who is providing younger workers with a great wealth of knowledge, especially on safety issues.
Train driver Glenn Sorbello is making a positive difference by campaigning to improve amenities for drivers at various train depots
K Mart worker Elsie Percy's great initiative in dealing with an understaffing problem at K Mart Mt Druitt's Lay-By department; her solution helps improve safety, and is also a great outcome for management and customers.
Three transport workers at Qantas Domestic who developed a suspicious baggage handling procedure following the increased threat of terrorism.
Truck driver Steve Archbold, who is now spreading the word on safety to non-unionised yards where there is little or no safety culture.
The Brian Miller Lifetime Safety Achievement Award was bestowed upon Terry Hannan from the NSW Public Service Association (PSA). For 19 years he has been the OH&S 'guru' for the public servants across the state, making public workplaces safer. Hannan, who has seen amny changes over the years, believes that OHS is an investment from which there is always a return.
UnionSafe, the safety arm of the NSW Labor Council, launched its new joint Sun Safety policy with the NSW Cancer Council.
The conference also heard presentations on worker's rights under the new WorkCover laws, safety consultation at work and the role of WorkCover inspectors.
The NSW Labor Council's Guide for Hazards in the Workplace was also launched at the conference.
Labor Council of NSW secretary John Robertson said the annual safety conference had become a major event on the union calendar.
"The awards recognise the contribution of everyday workers in reducing the number of workers killed and injured in the workplace," Mr Robertson said.
"It is also an important opportunity for workers from across the workforce to share information and experience on dealing with workplace safety issues."
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