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
Donít 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 monthís Bad Boss nomination.
International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europeís big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours Ė 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 Whatís 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 Hardieís 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 movementís 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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Bully Drives Deckhand into Drink
A fishing boat skipper, described as "a latter-day Captain Bligh", bullied a 19-year-old deckhand to the point where he jumped overboard.
The Darwin Magistrates Court heard how deckhand Callum Moran tried to swim to a remote island because he thought he was going to be killed by the vesselís skipper, Captain Daniel Schoolmeester, following "vindictive and brutal" bullying.
Moran told police that he dived off the Tally Ho because he had been threatened continuously and was told it was "going to get worse".
"This is the sort of thuggery you hear of every day in the international shipping industry," says Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Sydney Branch Secretary Robert Coombs. "We get calls from crew asking for help all the time. And we take them on.
"Bullying is certainly not tolerated in the Australian industry. But you find pockets of non-unionised workers in fishing, pearling and tourism where bullying and exploitation are rampant - even on Sydney Harbour. We are looking into some of these areas right now."
The news comes as the Australian Army has also moved against bullying.
Former Chubb employee and bullying victim, John McPhilbin - who also served in the armed forces - has questioned why people in the workplace cannot be afforded the same protection as those in the military.
McPhilbin has urged bullying victims to speak out and be a part of the NSW Labor Council's Dignity and Respect at Work campaign.
The NSW Labor Council has produced a survey form, which can be obtained by phoning the Labor Council on 9264 1691.
The peak union body has also scheduled a conference on bullying that has been set down for the 8th of September at Sydney's Opera House.
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