It has been a sad spectacle watching a Labor Government run down public servants, as they have in NSW this week.
Interview: Court's in Session
As the silks line up to challenge WorkChoices, Jeff Shaw is fighting for his own legacy - the NSW IR system.
Industrial: Whose Choices?
The Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation has been dissected by lawyers and the commentariat; now it's the turn of political economists.
Politics: Peter's Principles
Forget John Howard. The force behind WorkChoices is Peter Costello. The Prime Minister-in-waiting has devoted a lifetime to undermining the security and living standards of Australian families, Jim Marr reports.
Environment: TINA or Greener?
What does the greenhouse effect and legislation to control workers have in common, asks Neale Towart
History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
Power. They have it, we want it. Friendly societies tried to keep it for working people, writes Neale Towart
International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
The US Government has refused to allow France's most famous farmer Jose Bove into the country to address a conference
Education: No AWA - No Job
The Howard Government has given the Australian community its first view of the future by forcing new staff at Ballarat University to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement if they want a job, writes Jenny Macklin.
Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
The writings of a Middle Eastern theologian may provide guidance to those grappling with indigenous issues, writes Graham Ring
Review: Charlie the Serf
Nathan Brown takes the sledgehammer (and sickle) to Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Taskforce Shrugs Bashed Teen Worker
Car Plant Puts Pedal to Metal
Call Me Now: Rev Kev
Fat Boss Sings
Unions Back After This Break
Public Cuts Must Be Last
Apprentices Grow Up
‘Castle Win Keeps Trains On Track
Chicken Worker Stuffed
‘Revolving Gangplank' at Sydney Ferries
NSW Councils Short $21 billion
Activists What's On!
Hitler in Bowral
Political censorship has made its wasy to the sleepy Southern Highlands, wrties Rowan Cahill.
The Locker Room
No Laughing Matter
Phil Doyle tries to take Australian sportspeople seriously, and fails.
Lest We Forget
The Westie Wing
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Chicken Worker Stuffed
A worker who had his hand crushed in a poultry-processing machine in Victoria's northwest is another in a staggering number of injuries in regional parts of the state.
The 47-year-old man was working at a food processing business in the town of Nhill when the incident occurred last week. The man was flown to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital for treatment.
It was the latest in a string of serious industrial accidents in regional Victoria.
Executive Director of WorkSafe Victoria, John Merritt, said it underscored the need for proper guards on machinery, and proper supervision and training of workers.
"Serious injuries arising from working with machines are entirely preventable," said Merritt.
He said regional Victoria had produced an "inordinately high" rate of workplace deaths and serious injuries in recent years.
Regional workers were being admitted to hospital intensive care units at a rate of five to one compared with Melbourne-based workers, he said.
The safety arm of Victoria's peak trade union body, the Victorian Trades Hall Council, echoed the concern.
"Union workplaces are safer workplaces," says Renata Musolino. "Unions offer workers support, protection, information and help workers know about their rights,
Musolino welcomed the initiative, the WorkSafe safer workzone campaign, which was using regional tours to reinforce safer Victorian workplaces.
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