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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It's Not Fair: Business
A big businesses lobby group has nailed the essence of WorkChoices, saying businesses that use the legislation will be barred from state contracts because the NSW Government is demanding fairness.
Australian Business Limited's Chief Executive Mark Bethwaite said the NSW Government's policy that companies tendering for contracts treat employees fairly would effectively 'blackban' businesses using WorkChoices.
"It is revealing that ABL considers that companies using the WorkChoices legislation are, by definition, not being fair to their workers," NSW Industrial Relations Minister, John Della Bosca, said.
The stand-off came as NSW formally challenged Canberra's hostile takeover of industrial relations.
The State Government filed a writ this week at the High Court Registry in Sydney.
The Federal Government is claiming use of its corporations power to take over industrial relations, which under the constitution, is a matter for state governments.
"The case we will put before the High Court will demonstrate that the Howard Government has misused its authority in conducting a hostile takeover of powers that are constitutionally vested in the states," Della Bosca said.
Other State governments are expected to submit similar writs shortly.
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