Beyond The Law
Despite the all-engulfing gloom emenating from our political wing right now, 2004 comes to an end on a strangely upbeat note for the trade union movement.
Interview: The King of Comedy
John Robertson looks back on a year when his comic genius was finally realised.
Unions: Ten Simple Rules
Accepted wisdom has unions all but retired as serious players in the Australian game. A glance through the major industrial stories of 2004, however, suggests improved footwork, and a commitment to boxing clever, might herald a comeback, writes Jim Marr.
Politics: Rampant Indivdualism
CFMEU National Secretary John Sutton gives his take on a year when the political debate took a turn to the Right.
International: Global Struggle
Labourstart's Eric Lee looks back on a year when the struggles for labour increasingly crossed international lines.
Economics: Cashing in the Year
Look back in sorrow or look back in anger? By any standards 2004 has been a hell of a year, writes Frank Stilwell.
History: Grass Roots
Worker solidarity in Australia in the first century of invasion can give us inspiration and clues for our upcoming battles, writes Neale Towart.
Review: Cultural Realities
In 2004 popular culture shifted from reality television to reality movies, and swapped last year's light-weight subject matter for the slightly more substantial, writes Tara de Boehmler.
Workers Online resident bard David Peetz takes inspiration from The Village People for his latest prose.
Unions Make Hardie Pay
Hadgkiss Gives Mourners Grief
Mum Gets "Hopson’s" Choice
AWAs Crash on Broken Hill
No Fun in the Sack
Tax Office Draws Blood
Origin Prop a Union Hit
Good Guy Wears Black
Security Crisis at Sydney Airport
Biscuit Bosses Crumble
Ardmona Urged to Can Racism
Bomber Predicts Big Bang
Stolen Wages Cut
Tomorrow the World…
Bosses Sack WorkCover
Activists What's On!
The Crystal Ball
Workers Online consults a raft of leading psychics to find out what readers can look forward to in 2005.
Scrooge Was Right
Christmas has been cancelled this year, writes our US correspondent Brooklyn Phil.
The Locker Room
The Workers Online Sports Awards
Continuing a tradition that dates back to the Twentieth Century, Phil Doyle dishes out the gongs for all things great and small in the world of sport during 2004.
Costa’s Hike Unfare
The Westie Wing
Our favoutrite MP looks for a positive spin on the year at NSW Parliament
The Price Of Tea In China
Cry For Me, Argentina
Ho Bloody Ho
Right Is Wrong
Business As Usual
All In The Family
Swing Left Wishful Thinking
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No Fun in the Sack
A firm has gone bust three days before Christmas, leaving 200 workers without money to buy presents for their kids.
All State Electrical Contractors went into voluntary liquidation without paying holiday pay, leaving displaced workers no prospect of being paid at all over the holiday period.
"Because the company is in voluntary liquidation, an administrator has control of all assets," says Electrical Trades Union (ETU) secretary Bernie Riordan. "This means workers will not receive Christmas pay they had been expecting to receive.
"We have been informed that until the financial situation is clarified, no moneys will be outlaid."
All State are primarily engaged in NSW construction work and the ETU has been concerned about the company's viability for some time. It moved some time ago to ensure long-term entitlements have been protected.
In the short term, however, workers have been left high and dry.
"The news is a shattering blow to many of our members, who are wondering how they will be able to afford Christmas presents for their kids," says Riordan. "The ETU has today made representation to the Administrator, Rogers Reiby, to expedite the payment of all entitlements."
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