No the sky didnít fall in, but there were an awful lot of acorns falling on Australian workers this week as John Howardís 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 Postís dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameronís 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: Howardís 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 Ďcultural museumí.
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 Hendersonís 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
The Earl Speaks
Let Us Rejoice
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Rough Night Pays Off
Boral concrete truck driver Tim Bollard is back on the job after his mates backed him following his sacking last week.
Bollard camped outside his workplace for the night after being dismissed on "medical grounds" and in the morning his workmates swung behind him when they found him outside the gates.
Bollard thanked his fellow work mates for sticking by him to help to save his job, saying Boral's decision to reinstate him demonstrated the strength of what sticking together could do in the workplace.
"This just goes to show what can be achieved when people in a workplace come together as members of a strong union.
"My situation has shown that legislation can change but when workers stick together they can achieve amazing results."
Sub-Branch said it was very good news Boral were able to find an alternate job for Mr Bollard.
"We are very happy that Tim will now be able to go back to work and continue to support his five children," says secretary of the ACT Transport Workers' Union Scott Connolly. "This outcome proves that when working people stick together justice prevails."
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