No the sky didn’t fall in, but there were an awful lot of acorns falling on Australian workers this week as John Howard’s dream of a workplace without rights became a reality.
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.
Doctors Orders - Take a Walke
Teens Changing the Landscape
Voters Desert Howard
Electrical Boss Zaps Safety
Buggers in Office
Pub With No Beer
Telstra's Townsville Shocker
ABCC: Safety a Gas
Rough Night Pays Off
Game, Set, Match Building Workers
Feds AWA Offers No Choice
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
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe
The Earl Speaks
Let Us Rejoice
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Electrical Boss Zaps Safety
A fully qualified A grade electrician working on the largest property development on the south coast has been sacked and replaced by a TV repairman after being told, “you’re the dear one”.
Mark O’Neil, employed by Mission Electrical, was punted days after WorkChoices came into effect after asking why his redundancy benefits hadn’t been paid.
Mission did not deny there was enough work to continue to employ O'Neil, bringing extra staff from Sydney onto the job, which still has months to run.
"The one bloke I saw that had been brought on to the job was a fourth year apprentice," says O'Neil. "I'd rate the [trades] supervision of the job now as one out of ten."
Matt McCann from the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) said that WorkChoices could impact on the safety of the general public if the quality of trades work was undermined.
"We have to be concerned that companies will let highly qualified tradesmen go and replace them with cheaper, less qualified, workers," says McCann.
O'Neil, who was working on the construction of a medium density housing development of 98 units in Merimbula, had enquired three weeks ago as to why his boss wasn't paying into the MERT redundancy scheme after discovering the trust account designed to protect his entitlements was empty.
"I guess they thought that made me a trouble maker," says O'Neil.
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