Rock Of Ages
The Howard Government’s response to Australia’s aging population - to make them work longer and harder – is a small minded response to a mind-blowing problem, a perversion of the discipline of demography.
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.
Siren Sounds on Asbestos "Scam"
Youngsters Taken For A Ride
Costello Necks Young and Old
CFMEU Backs Redfern Jobs
Della to Save Christmas?
Time for Global Zone Out
Equant's Pyramid Jobs Scheme
Unions at Unis
A Bridge Too Far
Men Score Mat Leave
Strikes Rock TAFE, Unis
Health Maters To The Barricades
Prison Officers Strike Back
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
We Make Mistakes
The Westie Wing
Trickle, flood or drought? Workers friend Ian West, MLC, is wet, wet, wet on the issue of bilateral Free Trade.
Taking The Piss
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Health Maters To The Barricades
Plans to build a new section of Newcastle’s Mater Hospital with private money is looming as the next battle between workers and the bean-counters running the Carr Government.
The Health Services Union has slammed the plan for a Private Public Partnership to work on the Mater, after learning that staff in the new facility will be denied public sector employment conditions.
HSU state secretary Michael Williamson says the plans amount to privatisation by stealth and is an insult to the Newcastle community that raised millions for their hospital last year.
"There is no rational argument for this - it is just a view taken by Treasury that public investment in health is a waste of money," he says.
Williamson has called for an urgent meeting of the State Labour Advisory Council to deal with the mater issue.
Conference Resolutions Gather Dust
Also on the agenda, will be the swathe of resolutions passed at last October's ALP State Conference which are yet to be acted upon.
Top of the list is government procurement, with an Easter deadline for the establishment of a working party to ensure that NSW workers are not undercut by products made by exploited labour when the government awards contracts.
Also on the books are support for industrial manslaughter and government endorsement of the union movement's Secure Employment Test Case.
"ALP policy must be taken seriously," Labor Council secretary John Robertson says, vowing to convene a SLAC meeting to clear the air.
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