Of Milestones and Millstones
Three hundred issues ago, in February 1999, Workers Online published its first edition, with the following promise: “to bring you news and views in the traditions of the workers press of yesteryear, but with our eyes firmly on the future.”
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.
Coonan Practises Her ABC
Mr Andrews Decrees
Year Zero Set for Monday
Secret Police Visit Workers
PacNat Back On Track
Print Bosses Finger the Bush
Whinger Draws Fire
National IT Win
RailCorp Shtum On Asbestos Stations
Deaf Bank Pinged $145,000
Phantom AWA of the Opera
Crane Company Hooks Workers
Umpire: Dump Contractors Now
Lift Companies Promote Falls
Activists 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
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The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe
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Secret Police Visit Workers
John Howard's building industry spooks are amongst thousands of people who get their news from Workers Online.
The Building Industry Commission has demanded an urgent meeting with CFMEU branch secretary, Andrew Ferguson, over comments it read on Workers Online.
"You are quoted in Workers On Line of February 24 2006," the letter signed by Building and Construction Commission Northern Director, Trevor Young, reads.
"Invesigators from the Australian Building and Construction Commission are anxious to interview you ..."
The Commission, armed with coercive powers and staffed by lawyers and recruits from the federal police, can order people in the building industry to attend interrogation sessions, on pain of prison.
It appears to have taken offence to Ferguson's comments to Workers Online criticising its lack of action on behalf of a young Cook Islands immigrant bashed by his employer.
The Commission, set up on the pretext of criminality in the building industry, has limited itself to industrial matters.
Ferguson dismissed the written demand for an interview as another attempt to bully and silence critics of the enforcement agency.
Unions NSW Secretary John Robertson said everyone had a right to speak out against the Howard Government's policies.
"We will stand shoulder to shoulder with any union or any worker in their right to speak up," Robertson said.
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