Waves of Destruction
2005 was the year book-ended by two waves of destruction - the first causing untold suffering across the Indian Ocean; the second reawakening our darker angels on beaches closer to home.
Interview: Back to the Future
James Gallaway collars Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, on threats, challenges and opportunities.
Unions: A Real Page Turner
Jim Marr glances through Workers Online’s 2005 news stories and finds there is more one way to skin a Rat
Industrial: The Pin-Striped Union
Rachael Osman-Chin profiles a white collar union that is having some almighty blues.
International: Around The World In 365 Days
It was a year of online activism, as LabourStart's Eric Lee reports
Legends: Terrific, Tommy
Jim Marr tackles a champion.
Your Rights At Work: Worth Fighting For
The Your Rights At Work campaign has been a big part of this year and, as Phil Doyle reports, it is making a difference.
Politics: The Year That Was
Frank Stillwell looks at year that saw the politics of fear; and finds many reasons to be very afraid.
Economics: Master and Servant Revisited
Evan Jones asks if the Neo Liberals are taking us back to the future
Culture: 2005: The Year of Living Repetitively
Nathan Brown ignores Oasis and decides to look back in anger after all
Bad Boss: The Bottom Ten
Nathan Brown digs through his voluminous dirt files and comes up with the top 10 grubs of the year.
Religion: Hymns from a Different Song Sheet
James Gallaway on the Way, the Truth and life according to Brian.
Melbourne Burns AWAs
Corporates Defend Costello
Speaker Won't Talk
Bank Pays on Dodgy Contracts
Plan to Save Jobs
Harper's Bizarre Excuse for Failure
It's Not Fair: Business
Workers Walk As Warnings Wiped
Teenager Hit With Shrapnel
Pay Day “Unlawful”
Tassie Rail Win
Professionals Fear for Their Kids
Boss Pings Rorters Charter
New Ways to Take a Share
An Hour of Need
Boeing Steals Christmas
Trouble at the Mill
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 2006.
The Things People Say
It was a year of quotable quotes, reports Phil Doyle.
The Westie Wing
Ian West checks the rear vision mirror on 2005, and plants his foot down
The Locker Room
The 2005 Workers Online Sports Awards
After years of being overlooked by selectors at club, representative and national levels, Phil Doyle and Jim Marr, agreed to hand out our 2005 sports gongs.
Postcard from East Timor
In East Timor entertainment also spreads an important message into the community
Free to Rat
Tax Cuts and Cockroaches
Proportion, Not Distortion
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Letters to the Editor
Who said the NSW Labor Government was against John Howard's IR changes? Managers in NSW RailCorp Security Division are doing John Howard proud.
Twenty-three staff in the Security Control Centre have been told if they do not become uniformed Transit Officers they can only continue in their current positions if they agree to no more pay increases (other than EBA related). This means that whatever workload management place on the 23 staff they will not be paid for the increased value of the work, contrary to RailCorp's own HR policies.
Additionally, staff have to agree to have their positions reviewed every 6 months to see if they continue. This appears to be introducing another class of employee - a permanent temporary employee.
John Howard would be proud of RailCorp for introducing his reforms and the NSW Government should come clean - if they allow this type of industrial thuggery they obviously support the new IR legislation.
Robert Scott, NSW
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