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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Vegie Contracts Poisonous
Queensland electricians are downing tools in a bid to stop someone dying from an electricity company's cost cutting.
Contract employees for Energex held two stop work meetings last week to draw attention to new contracts, which have unqualified workers cutting trees touching live 11,000 volt power lines.
Electrical Trades Union Queensland Deputy Secretary Paul Simpson said these "vegetation contracts" put at risk the lives of workers and the public.
"It's only a matter of time until some poor bastard dies," Simpson said.
Simpson said the Electrical Safety Office and the Queensland Government needed to act immediately.
Audits in the past two days have found dangerous trees in South Brisbane, Capalaba and most recently, outside the West End State School, all of which pose grave dangers to the public.
Simpson said Energex was using the unqualified workers to drive down wages.
"(The contracts do) not allow for industry-standard rates of pay and conditions and encourages unscrupulous employers to undermine long established wages, conditions and safety standards."
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