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?
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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Game, Set, Match Building Workers
The NSW branch of the CFMEU has registered a convincing 4-2 win over John Howard's Building Industry Taskforce.
The final scoreline was confirmed when the Australian Industrial Registry pulled the pin on a 30-month taxpayer-funded campaign to have organisers Martin Wyre and David Glass banned from doing their jobs.
The Taskforce claimed the organisers had improperly entered a construction site, two and a half years ago, and wanted their right of entry permits revoked.
It rejected the contentions of Wyre and Glass that they were properly exercising health and safety functions and tried to shift the contest to tailor-made federal conditions..
Deputy Registrar Jenkins, after hearing 10 days of evidence, ruled both men had been exercising their rights and rejected the Taskforce demand.
Significantly, in his judgement, the deputy registrar drew attention to the fact one of the company's own witnesses had written in her notes, at the time, that Wyre had sought entry under OH&S provisions, but that this had not managed to make it into her Taskforce-prepared statement.
Wyre, who had earlier been singled out by investigators for the Cole Royal Commission, described the legal proceedings as "harrowing".
When the feds wrapped up their Taskforce, headed by controversial former policeman Nigel Hadgkiss, and transferred its powers to a permanent Building Industry Commission, it had failed in four of six anti-union prosecutions in NSW.
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