I'm No Economist, But ….
I'm no economist, but there a few things about the national economic debate right now that I don't quite get.
Interview: Rock Solid
Bill Shorten gives the inside story on the Australian Workers Union's involvement in the Beaconsfield rescue.
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Phil Oswald bought up his kids to believe in their rights; so when his 16-year old daughter was told to cop a pay cut she was never going to take it quietly.
Politics: The Johnnie Code
WorkChoices is encrypted deep in the PM's political DNA, writes Evan Jones
Energy: Fission Fantasies
Adam Ma’anit looks at the big business push behind the 'clean nuclear' debate that is sweeping the globe.
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
The WorkChoices Penal Powers are the latest in a long line of penal sanctions against trade unions, writes Neale Towart
International: Closer to Home
If Australia can forgive its debt to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Philippines, write Luke Fletcher and Karen Iles
Economics: Taking the Fizz
While the Treasurer has been popping the post-Budget champers, Frank Stilwell gives a more sober assessment.
Unions: Stronger Together
Amanada Tattersall looks at the possibilities of strengthening alliances between unions, environmental and community organisations
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a film about racism and retribution, writes James Gallaway.
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Employers in the land rejoice, for we are girt by greed.
Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company
Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed
Foxtel Channels Contracts
Telstra Dials Up A Shocker
Viva La Resolution
Smirk Boss Loses Control
Iemma Told To Change At Central
On The Tiles
APHEDA Offices Attacked
Vanstone Sits On Wages
PM Slap for Battered Women
"Spineless" Andrews Apologises
Howard Lags “Best Practice”
Harper's Bizarre Theories
Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain
Activists What's On!
The Beaconsfield Declaration
As the Prime Minister feted Brant Webb and Todd Russell, their colleagues were outside with a message to the rest of Australia.
The Locker Room
Run Like You Stole Something
Phil Doyle observes that there are some tough bastards out there.
The Westie Wing
That fun-loving friend of the workers, Ian West, reports from the red leather of the Bear Pit.
Her Honour Judge Judith Scheindler
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.
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Telstra Dials Up A Shocker
Telstra left a call centre worker, struck by acoustic shock for the second time in three months, to find his own way to hospital, according to the CPSU.
Leon Bulgarelli was one of 14 Townsville staff ferried to hospital by ambulance after a March power surge left him with a burst eardrum and internal haemorrhaging.
He was hospitalised again, last Monday, after being struck at his River Quays desk by another power surge.
The Public Sector Union's Rose Boothroyd said the site has had a history of power surges, with up to eight unreported surges since March.
In April last year, one worker was injured so badly she suffered permanent brain damage.
Boothroyd said the dangerous conditions had inspired people to vote with their feet.
"One year ago, just after the first incident we had close to 170 working in the area - today there are less than 80," the CPSU organiser said. "People are scared to come to work."
Victims of power surges can experience nausea and dizziness, loss of balance, blurred vision, disorientation and memory loss, for up to three months.
"Typically an operator will hear a noise and then get a sensation similar to a static electric shock - but the real damage is done as the current surges through the headset, straight through the ear canal to the inner ear and into the brain," Boothroyd said.
Telstra's Julie-Ann Taylor said initial findings of an investigation showed no problems with the site.
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