All The Way With FTA?
Question marks over the bi-lateral Free Trade Agreement with the USA have only begun to scratch the surface.
Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlovís Dogs.
Unions: While We Were Away
While Workers Online was washing sand from between its toes and enjoying an Indian summer at the cricket, there was a reality show chugging relentlessly away in the background, Jim Marr reports.
Politics: Follow the Leader
Workerís Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALPís Darling Harbour love-in and nearly drowns in treacle.
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
The CFMEU has come up with a killer nomination to kick off our 2004 hunt for Australiaís worst employer.
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
British academic, Kevin Doogan, sets the record straight on casualisation and warns unionists about the dangers of scoring an own goal
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Drew Cottle and Angela Keys ask if it's worth rememberinng the 1971 Harco work-in.
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
The 1998 maritime dispute threatened to tear many a family apart but Katherine Thomson's Harbour tells the tale of at least one that it brought back together - albeit reluctantly, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Rail Safety Back On Track
Commuter Headaches Continue
Ban "Ruthless" Operators - Judge
Telstra Provokes Jobs Fight
Taskforce Ignores Million Dollar Rorts
Musos Tune-Up for Election Rock
Chubby Fingers in Timorese Pockets
Postal Workers Wrap Boss
Aussie Sites Doing the Business
Feds Abandon Aged
TAFE Stands Over Poor Students
Round the World on Aid
Dog Whistlers, Spin Doctor and Us
John Menadue argues the "better angels" of the Australian character are having their wings ripped off by an ever-expanding group dedicating to keeping the public at arms length from our decision-makers.
Something Fishy In Laos
Phillip Hazelton fishes around in Vientiane, Laos, and looks at the impact of Bird Flu on those relying on feathered friends for survival.
Phil Doyle discovers that literature and sport may have more in common than you would think
The Westie Wing
Trickle, flood or drought? Workers friend Ian West, MLC, is wet, wet, wet on the issue of bilateral Free Trade.
State Of Confusion
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Ban "Ruthless" Operators - Judge
A Victorian judge is calling on authorities to ban "ruthless" transport bosses who impose unreasonable deadlines on truck drivers.
County Court Judge Joe Gullaci made his stand in gaoling a truck driver after an accident that killed a western Victorian woman.
The court heard the truck driver had been working 14-hour shifts, on fear of dismissal, in the days leading up to the fatal accident.
Joseph Terry Caldwell, 24, of Warrnambool, was gaoled in the Victorian County Court for at least three years and 10 months over the death of Francis Fava on July 6, 2001.
The Transport Workers Union has endorsed the judge's call, after campaigning for years to have excessive hours curtailed.
"It's time employers and clients accepted responsibility for what's happening in the [transport] industry," says Transport Workers Union spokesperson Scott Connolly. "The problem is out of control."
Connolly said there has been a 100% increase in trucking fatalities in January.
"The authorities need to take immediate action because of the crisis on our roads," says Connolly.
Meanwhile the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has heard that only a "superhuman" could have worked the hours a long-distance truck driver did in the days before he died when his semitrailer crashed on the Pacific Highway.
WorkCover NSW is prosecuting a transport company over the death of the driver.
The court hearing is continuing.
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