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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An Hour of Need
“Support your unions because they are there in your hour of need” is what Christine Huxley, mother of Sydney teenager, Lauren Huxley, told a Unions NSW council meeting last week.
Appearing with her husband Pat, Mrs Huxley told the room of delegates that their daughter, who was viciously bashed last month, is recovering slowly from her attack and is now able to squeeze her hand.
"We're still waiting for her to say I love you," Mrs Huxley said.
Both Lauren's parents came to the council meeting to thank the union movement for its fund raising efforts. The Huxley family has been living in a one bedroom flat since the attack, which saw their home set alight, so the extra help was most welcome.
Pat Huxley is a carpenter and member of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union and his wife Christine is a member of the Finance Sector Union.
Lauren Huxley, who regained consciousness after lying in a coma for three weeks on life support at Westmead Hospital, was attacked when she returned home from an exam at Baulkham Hills TAFE, where she was studying a marketing and journalism course.
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