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Issue No. 299 17 March 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

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.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 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

 Mac Attack

 Work Choices Canned

 Work Pressure Kills: Judge

 Activist's What's On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Henderson’s unique take on history

Parliament
Westie Wing
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?

The Locker Room
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe

L E T T E R S
 Revelations of St John
 Save Frost
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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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