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?
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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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PacNat Back On Track
Pacific National workers have knocked off a 12-month campaign to push them onto a non-union agreement on the eve of WorkChoices.
With WorkChoices on the horizon, PacNat drove an aggressive campaign, pushing pay cuts for new starters, staffing cuts, and sidelining the union.
PacNat backed its aggressive strategy with threats of legal action against rail workers who resisted.
"With WorkChoices coming up the company did try to force us agree to anything," said Greg Harvey from the Rail Tram and Bus Union. "But we kept our heads and didn't panic.
"This outcome is a testament to how workers at PN have stuck together."
Harvey, who picked up the ACTU's 'Organiser Of The Year' award for his role in marshalling 2,200 workers across five states, said while they were aware of the impending arrival of WorkChoices, union principles were key to resisting Pacific National's agenda.
Workers voted almost nine to one against a non-union agreement, with the ballot attracting a high turnout across all parts of the company.
The campaign featuered innovative use of technology, such as email and sms, to keep the membership informed and allow them to take ownership of the campaign.
The deal sees workers maintain existing conditions while delivering pay rises of 7.3% over the next 18 months.
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