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
Tom Goes Off I
Tom Goes Off II
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Prison Officers Strike Back
Queensland prison officers are into their third week of industrial action as private operator Management and Training Corporation (MTC) continues a push to drive down industry conditions.
Officers from the Borallon Correctional Centre have been offered a 1.9% pay rise and asked to give up sick leave by MTC who operate one of two private prisons in Queensland.
"Each week we've increased the length, and intensity, of the walkout," says Ron Simon from the LHMU Prison Officers Union. "Members want to negotiate a decent agreement. We should not be constantly asked to give back basic working rights such as sick leave."
Union members are concerned about MTC demands to slash sick leave entitlements and its inadequate wage offers. MTC claims that the Queensland State Government funding to run the prison will not cover wage increases.
Stoppages mean the prisoners will have trouble getting both breakfast and lunch, and some essential morning supplies will not be delivered.
MTC is also currently trying to undermine the working conditions at its only other unionised facility in Canada where correctional officers voted to reject the multinational's latest contract offer by over 95 per cent.
"Prison officers here have resolved to back the Ontario, Canada, workers,' says Simon.
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