As our athletes approach the starting line in Athens, it is interesting to reflect on how the world has changed since Sydney was the centre of a global group hug just four years ago.
Interview: Trading Places
New ACTU International Officer Alison Tate cut her teeth delivering aid to developing nations through APHEDA. Now she is helping chart the global union agenda.
Safety: Snow Job
James Hardie has been drilled into our collective consciousness as a story of power, greed and immorality. It is also, as Jim Marr reports, a tale of human tragedy.
Politics: In the Vanguard
Damien Cahill reveals how neo-liberal think tanks have been at the forefront of the corporate assault upon trade unions and social movements in Australia.
Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Don’t get between Sydney sparkie Semir Pepic and a gold medal in a dimly lit alley, writes Tim Brunero.
Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
Perfect Porker, Darren Vincent, brings a history of meat worker shafting to this month’s Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europe’s big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours – without any recompense, reports Andrew Casey.
History: Under the Influence
Was John Kerr drunk when he wrote and signed the letter dismissing Edward Gough Whitlam from the Prime Ministership in 1975? Geraldine Willissee investigates.
Economics: Working Capital
Where superannuation fits, where it fails and what we should we do about it. Neale Towart gives the tough answers.
Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
There's many a must see moment in Mike Moore's new flick but beating the propaganda machine at its own game wreaks havoc with wearied bullshit detectors, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
When Flood washed away the PM's sins, the truth was once again left high and dry.
Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
During a recent visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home, I was waylaid by an ancient gentleman who insisted I listen to what he had to say, writes Rowan Cahill.
Stink Rises from Hamberger
ALP Embraces Collectivism
Bully Drives Deckhand into Drink
Fighter in Cancer Link
Tunnellers Dig in for Safety
Seconds Out in Newcastle
Vale Josh Heuchan
"Betrayal" Sparks Election Rethink
Councils Wedge James Hardie
Great Southern Death Rattler
Libs Desert "War Criminal"
Casuals Take Over
ALP Star Hits The Waterfront
Activists What’s On!
The Westie Wing
The Labor Governments in each State must take the lead to stop the abuse of corporate law in Australia in the absence of action from the Federal Government, as the Inquiry into James Hardie’s has highlighted, writes Ian West.
Cleaners Deserve Our Support
It's time the state's cleaners were given some support, loyalty and long service leave, writes Chris Christodoulou.
The Locker Room
Half Time At The Football
Phil Doyle wants to have his pie and eat it too.
Frank Mossfield was one of the labour movement’s quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.
An Officer And A Teacher
Lessons From East Timor
Just back from a study tour to East Timor, National Reserach Officer with the Construction division of the CFMEU, Ben Stirling, writes about the experience for Workers Online.
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Road Rage At Work
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Letters to the Editor
Road Rage At Work
I have just noticed your Workers Online article - Issue No.219 Dob a Driver Strikes Out. May 2004‚ and found it an interesting read, the same sentiments I had when I worked for Telstra and they introduced the system for reporting their drivers when the public saw fit.
One of the problems with that system was that Professional drivers were at the mercy of the general driving public, and being immune from scrutiny themselves, would apply road rage mentality by reporting those with big targets displayed on their bumpers. The annoyance factor was more the fact that only professional drivers were targeted while the main offenders, the general public (part time drivers) were immune from being reported.
Now that I have that off my chest, let‚s get to the reason I'm writing this letter.
There is a system currently available whereby ALL drivers will be held accountable for their actions on the roads and on the water, not just professional drivers. All drivers and general members of the public are able to report reckless and inconsiderate drivers with the use of a pro-forma obtained from the website 'www.dobadriver.com.au'. The difference here is that individual reported incidents accumulate over a period of time can, with the appropriate search criteria, be used by
Insurance companies and the like to hold the real offenders accountable for their past actions, not hauled into the boss's office every time a disgruntled member of the public sees fit.
Although not necessarily the perfect answer, this system should tend to filter out the majority of spurious complaints which can be made with the current phone-in system. This system will also not hold drivers accountable for each and every complaint, but rather for a series of fragmented reports over a period of time a much fairer system. Dob-a-Driver also is meant for the total driving public of Australia, not just certain professional driver groups.
Please visit dobadriver.com.au for further information.
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