Regions To Be Cheerful
Rule changes endorsed by this weekís 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 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.
Trains Go Backwards
Mum Canít Bank on Westpac
Andrews Up for Hanke Panky
Riot Raises Safety Probe
ABC of Solidarity
"Shameful" Action Pays Dividends
Bum Rap for Bump Caps
Strikers Tie Down Gas Project
Heat Rises at Uni
TeleTech's Dead Heart
Tired Drivers Fight Hypocrisy
Seven Days on a Leaking Boat
Families Back Safety Calls
Howard Pushes Pay Cut
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
On the Road
The Westie Wing
Trickle, flood or drought? Workers friend Ian West, MLC, is wet, wet, wet on the issue of bilateral Free Trade.
A Casual Affair
Latham Is A Bad Man
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Families Back Safety Calls
Families and friends of workers killed on the job slammed the level of fines issued for workplace deaths as a disgrace in hearings before a parliamentary inquiry.
Submissions highlighted the tragic death of Dean McGoldrick as a case in which a penalty had no impact on a negligent employer.
Unions called for industrial manslaughter to be introduced in NSW as part of a submission to the NSW Upper House committee.
"It's important that WorkCover lift its game in terms of the way it relates to victims and their families," says NSW Upper House MP Ian West, who was a proxy on the committee for colleague Jan Burnswood. "The evidence before the committee showed that without the unions' backing [the victims friends and families] were left high and dry."
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union wants answers from WorkCover as to why prosecutions were not pursued following a number of workplace fatalities.
NSW Labor Council OHS Officer, Mary Yaager, told the NSW Legislative Council Committee Inquiry into Serious Injury and Death in the Workplace that OHS legislation needs to be strengthened to send a clear message to bring about a cultural change in the state's workplaces.
Unions also identified problems with enforcement of existing safety laws and pointed out that OHS is not given the priority and attention it deserved.
Unions called for enforcement and implementation strategies to be dramatically improved. Labor Council proposed that the numbers and resources of workplace inspectors be increased, along with the powers of union and safety representatives to issue improvement notices.
The Inquiry is continuing.
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