And so Workers Online makes our belated return to 2005 - and while we may have the same old familiar faces in Federal Parliament, politically, itï¿½s a whole new ball game.
Economics: Super Seduction
Sharks are circling your super. From July 1, banks and financial planners will have access to the nesteggs of an extra four million workers.
Interview: Bono and Me
ACTU Sharan Burrow lifts the lid on the rock star lifestyle of an international union leader.
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Rowan Cahill bucks conventional wisdom to argue the eight-hour day began in Sydney.
The OECD calls for more reform. But, Asks Neale Towart, who is really doing the calling?
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
How can unions grow and continue to successfully represent workers when their traditional structures are rooted in an industry, craft or fixed location?
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Unions are leading the fight against a political agenda that does away with smart jobs.
Health: No Place for the Young
The support of union members is required to help get young people out of nursing homes, writes Mark Robinson
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
February 17 marks 30-years to the day that sacked coal miners at the NSW Northern District Nymboida Colliery began their historic work-in at the mine.
Review: Dare to Win
The history of the militant and often controversial BLF is as surprising as it is fascinating writes Tim Brunero.
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
With another change at the helm of the Labor Party,
our resident bard, David Peetz, can't help but
dreamily drawing on some political history.
Plastic Man Crosses the Line
Taskforce Loses "Payback" Evidence
Court Out ï¿½ Again
Blue Chips Fried in CBD
Bosses Duck Decapitation
Computer Driven Posties
Stalking Horses in Safety Stampede
Low Blow in Ferry Blue
Picketers Chase Millions
Whistleblower Beats Bullies
Mateship Shines Through
Queensland Marks Power Grab
Vale Laurie Aarons 1917-2005
There are book reviewers who have not read the book they have just reviewed and there are critics who have criticised films they have not yet seen. I want to review a novel that has not yet been written.
Labour and Labor
Grant Bellchamber looks at the relationship between both sides organised labour
Aussie Unions Help Tsunami Victims
The union movementï¿½s aid agency reports back on its relief effort in Asia.
The Locker Room
Game, Set and Yawn
Phil Doyle asks if tennis is evil or just boring
Nelson's Double Standard
The Westie Wing
As a reshuffle of the State Ministry settles in and the Federal Government throws down the gauntlet, 2005 promises to be a new and vital chapter in the struggle for workers and their families, writes Ian West in Macquarie Street.
Morals Beat Hasty Retreat
Uncounted Cost Of Asbestos
Voting Farce Expands
I Beg To Differ
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Queensland Marks Power Grab
Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of Joh Bjelke-Petersenï¿½s sacking of 1002 Queensland linesmen who tried to protect their jobs and the integrity of the stateï¿½s electricity system.
The state government punted the linesmen employed by the South East Queensland Electricity Board, now Energex, on February 11, 1985.
ETU state secretary, Dick Williams, says it is instructive to compare the quick power restoration times after the serious storms of January, 1985, with the lengthy delays inflicted on consumers over recent years.
"As well as defending their jobs the linesmen were protecting the supply industry," Williams said. "It took a lot of guts for these men and their families to stand up to a corrupt government that, eventually, made them pay with their jobs and superannuation.
"The anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the social and economic damage done when governments and employers try to weaken workplace and industrial accountability provided by unions."
Williams said in the 20 years since the National Party Government sacked the linesmen, a key industry had become a "milch cow" for successive regimes. Apprenticeship and training schemes had been slashed, leading to a serious skills shortage.
"Like all anti-union policies, it was about giving employers and shareholders a free hand at the expense of workers and the wides community," Williams said.
He said, only now under the Beattie government, were the problems of electricity supply being addressed.
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