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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Work Pressure Kills: Judge
Bosses who force workers onto longer hours to keep their jobs could be churning out murderers, according to a Victorian Judge
In sentencing a man to 17 years for murdering his wife, Justice Betty King said overwork had been a contributing factor.
Paul Jason Margach stabbed his wife to death in front of their eight-year-old daughter, after he suspected his spouse was having an affair.
"What was occurring was a suburban tragedy, a tragedy for all concerned - your wife, her family, your daughters, your friends and family, and also you," the Judge said.
Noting Margach's ambitions to climb the corporate ladder, Justice King said bosses had to assess the pressure they placed on employees.
"Or there will be more and more people unable to cope with the combination of high pressure of working long hours for no more benefit than to retain their jobs, the pressure of family and saving for ... retirement from your early 30s," she said.
"(These people could) explode, often over something small, and their anger overtakes them and, as can be seen, the consequences can be totally devastating."
Justice King said Margach had been diagnosed as suffering a major depressive disorder.
Victorian Trades and Labor Council OHS Officer Renata Musolino said the incident could be seen as a tragic example of the results of corporate culture.
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