Regions To Be Cheerful
Rule changes endorsed by this week’s NSW Labor Council Annual General Meeting reorganising the South Coast Labor Council into as a regional branch council should not be under-estimated.
Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlov’s 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
Worker’s Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALP’s 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 Australia’s 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.
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Riot Raises Safety Probe
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"Shameful" Action Pays Dividends
Bum Rap for Bump Caps
Strikers Tie Down Gas Project
Heat Rises at Uni
TeleTech's Dead Heart
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Seven Days on a Leaking Boat
Families Back Safety Calls
Howard Pushes Pay Cut
Dog Whistlers, Spin Doctor and Us
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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.
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Strikers Tie Down Gas Project
The AMWU is hailing the actions of 380 workers who returned to their jobs on Australia’s largest construction site in the middle of a five-day strike, last week.
Organiser, Tony Lovett, said the AMWU and CEPU had asked volunteers to go back and tie the site down after weather forecasters predicted the continent's North West Shelf would be hit by a cyclone.
"That's what responsible workers do in these situations," Lovett told Workers Online. "When there is a cyclone warning we go home and tie down our houses, then we tie down the workplace. It's a safety issue."
The cyclone warning came as half a dozen companies were attempting to win Section 127 orders in the Industrial Relations Commission, forbidding 2000 workers on the gigantic project from engaging in any form of industrial action.
Lovett said the 380 who went back to secure the site, about 30km out of Karratha in West Australia's north, were the only union members left in town.
The workforce went on to complete its five-day stoppage in protest at management's use of scab labour.
Lovett said North West Shelf workers had given the companies "fair warning" that any use of "scab labour" would result in a five-day shut down after supervisors had been used to clean toilets during a cleaners dispute last year.
"We were faced with a situation where electricians had a dispute and management used scabs to do their work. It's not on," Lovett said.
The North West Shelf construction project is building infrastructure for the gas industry.
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