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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Postal Workers Wrap Boss
Years of simmering tension in Australia Postís parcel and delivery sections boiled over this week when 2,000 workers called a 24-hour strike, halting deliveries across the nation.
Workers Online's original Bad Boss earned the ire of its workforce for pushing a restructure that would see many of it's full-time workforce converted to part-time and casual status.
And when the workers compiled a list of 157 grievances relating to the current restructure, management refused to take the issues to the independent umpire, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
The action, from members of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, won the backing of workers across the organisation who refused to cover for the parcel and delivery workers on the day of the stoppage.
"For too long Australia Post has taken workers for granted and the strike shows they are not prepared to be treated like that any longer," CEPU spokesman George Houssos says.
The CEPU ahs now given Australia Post a February 20 deadline to address their issues or face further industrial action.
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