Kill the Lawyers
What’s left of the HR Nichols Society must be popping the champagne this week, with a NSW court ruling that sees the triumph of their 20-year battle to kill industrial relations and replace it with a ‘rule of law’.
Interview: Power and the Passion
ALP's star recruit Peter Garrett shares his views on unions, forests and being the Member for Wedding Cake Island
Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Tony Butterfield became a State of Origin gladiator at the unlikely age of 33. Even that, Jim Marr reports, couldn’t prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.
Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSW’s forests have raised eyebrows and temperatures amongst some of the key players reports Phil Doyle.
Housing: Home Truths
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton argues for a radical solution to the housing affordability crisis.
International: Boycott Busters
International unions have issued a new list of corporations breaching ILO sanctions to do business in Burma.
Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
The absurdities of neoclassical economic assumptions has never stood in the way of their being trotted out to justify profiteering and attacks on the rights of citizens. The AUSFTA is the latest rort we are supposed to swallow, writes Neale Towart.
History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Interest in JC Watson's short time as Labor's first Prime Minister should not detract from his more substantial role as Party leader, writes Mark Hearn
Review: Chewing the Fat
As debate rages in Australia about Fast Food advertising, Julianne Taverner takes a look at a side of the industry that Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about in Supersize Me.
Poetry: Dear John
Workers Online reader Rob Mullen shares some personal correspondence with our glorious leader.
Vandals Hit Sweat Shoppers
Blow For Union Busters
Poll Rocks Election Boat
It’s Official: Eggs Come Second
Tetra Packs Private Dick
Workers Demand Act of Contrition
Wollongong’s $4000 Hamberger
Company Pays for Casual Affair
Shame Ships Hide Sausage
First Test for Death Law
Convenience Store Detains Student
Bashed Youth Workers Walk
Un-Fairfax Leads Paper Chase
Nile On The Death Law
ACCC Lays Down Council Code
Activists What’s On!
The Westie Wing
As the NSW Labor Government sells its first budget deficit in nine years, the real concern for the union movement is the devil in the detail, especially when it comes to procurement agreements, writes Ian West.
Labor's IR spokesman Craig Emerson launches a few characteristic salvos across the Parliamentary chamber
The Locker Room
Tears After Bedtime
Phil Doyle says that it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye
Postcard from Vietnam
APHEDA's Hoang Thi Le Hang reports from the north of Vietnam on a project being fund by Australian unionists.,
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Bashed Youth Workers Walk
Staff "sick and tired of being used as punching bags" walked off the job last week following a near riot at a NSW facility housing some of the most dangerous juvenile detainees in the state.
The walkout followed assaults on six staff and fires and disturbances within the Kariong Juvenile Justice Centre on the NSW Central Coast.
The assaults were the latest in a series of attacks on staff at the centre.
The Public Service Association (PSA), who represents staff at the centre, claim that staff had no option but to walk off the job in order to protect themselves from further violence.
The PSA is seeking that the detainees responsible for assaulting staff be moved out of the centre. The Association is also seeking that restrictions be placed on other detainees and that management plans for all detainees be strengthened in order to protect staff.
PSA General Secretary John Cahill said, "The Department must act immediately to ensure the safety of staff and the security of the centre. The safety of staff must be paramount."
"The assaults on staff could have and should have been prevented"
"These staff do some of the most difficult and dangerous work in the community. They deserve to be treated better by the Department"
"The staff at the centre a sick and tired of being treated as human punching bags. The detainees in Kariong are the most dangerous juvenile detainees in the state. The management of the Department needs to address this danger."
PSA delegates from juvenile justice centres across the state have met following the walkout to discuss what they say are pressing health and safety concerns.
Workers have returned to work following an 'interim' resolution, but have flagged that there is still much to be done before their concerns are fully addressed.
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