For Queen and Country
There’s nothing like a Commonwealth Games – and one on home turf to boot – to get one thinking about Australia’s relationship with Britain and the monarch who still reigns over us.
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.
Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Post’s dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameron’s demise may be premature
Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy
International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility
Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a ‘cultural museum’.
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.
Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.
Fleas Bite Back
Visa Boss Restrained
Howard's Holiday Secrets
Picket Buster Carpeted
No Ticket No Start For Asbestos
On The Road Again
WorkChoices Goes Mental
United Cuts Hit Turbulence
Bad News for Bullies
Vegie Contracts Poisonous
Work Choices Canned
Work Pressure Kills: Judge
Activist's What's On!
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Henderson’s unique take on history
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?
The Locker Room
Revelations of St John
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe
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Bad News for Bullies
Bosses who don't stamp out workplace abuse could be up for millions, following a $1.94 million payout to a bullied security guard.
Devandar Naidu had a career-debilitating nervous breakdown after being subjected to all sorts of abuse while working at News Ltd sites around Sydney.
The NSW Supreme Court heard News Ltd's Fire and Security Manager, Lance Chaloner, called the Fijian, "coconut head", "monkey face" and "black c---".
Justice Michael Adams described the abuse as "extraordinary".
Over the four years they worked together, Chaloner would kick Naidu's chair out from under him, throw tantrums and force Naidu to work more than three hours after his shift without pay.
When Naidu went on a holiday to Fiji, Chaloner required him to ring in each day. When he returned, Chaloner forced him to do manual work in Chaloner's home.
News Ltd was ordered to pay $2 million in compensation, and Naidu's former employer Group 4 Securitasto pay $1.7 million.
Unions NSW OHS Officer Mary Yaager said the payout would set a precedent for a lot of other cases.
"It shows what can happen if employers don't have strategies in place to stop workplace abuse," Yaager said.
Yaager said using Unions NSW's Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Charter was one way to get the ball rolling on curbing bullying.
Workers Online understands Naidu had a nervous breakdown and is unlikely to work again.
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