|Issue No 21||09 July 1999|
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Aussies To Go For Gold in Foreign Uniforms?
Howard Warned: Time Ticking On Entitlements
Hotels Charge Triple Time - Now for the Workers
Air Attack - Qantas Telesales Under Fire
The Hills Are Alive - With the Sound of Pay Cuts
National Trust Places Green(back) Bans on Unions
Body Hire Campaign Hots Up
Attack of the Killer Skips Rocks City
A Holiday With a Social Consience
East Timor: Emergency Public Meeting Called
Do you remember turning 21? The big party, the speeches from family and friends about how you'd grown from that awkward dweeb into a reasonable human being, you're own drunken ramblings in reply.
The Key to the Door
Workers Online achieves the milestone this week, so I hope it's, not too indulgent to look back at what we've achieved in the past five months.
When we started we had a few objectives: to give the union movement its own voice in the media, to encourage the growth of the Web as a way of coordinating union activities and to develop an attractive vehicle for the younger workers who the union movement needs to win over if it is to survive.
So how have we gone? We've definitely established a media presence: from Pierswatch to Carr-watch we've been generating issues that the mainstream media has picked up; running the union line and promoting our publication.
That a backroom, one-person operation can make these sort of waves says a lot about the changing nature of the media - from the power of one authoritative voice to a medium that facilitates the views of the many.
In terms of helping unions work together more, I think Workers Online is becoming a useful meeting place. Take the New Years Eve campaign - each union can track what others are achieving. They no longer need to operate in a vacuum.
As for the younger generation, it's been really exciting to get feedback from students and young workers who see the union movement is reinventing itself and want to be part of it. The workforce is changing and Workers Online is determined to be part of it.
To help us grow, keep telling like-minded unionists about us and encouraging them to subscribe. The more readers we get the better our chances of surviving for the long haul. After all, in the information age the network is everything..
Finally, a big thanks to all those who have put their time and energy into the first 21 issues, without you Workers Online would have fallen over in its mid-teens. With your help, we will now push on into adulthood, a bit more mature but still prepared to rattle the cage!
|John Passant on Poetry and War||When Too Much Sport is Too Much||Michael Gadiel on the Generation Gap||The People Speak: Piers Is Clean!|
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