Seven Year Itch
For the past seven years, over 335 issues, Workers Online has been chronicling events in the labour movement and passing our judgments on all things union.
Interview: Flying High
The Australian international Pilots Association has rejoined the ACTU and president Ian Woods is taking it into new airspace.
Unions: TUF on Toll
As transport giant Toll expands across the region, unions are working together to boost their bargaining power, writes Jackie Woods.
Industrial: Forward to the Past
Anti-union building laws draw their inspiration from a century ago, writes Neale Towart
Economics: Debt and the Economy
Household debt is at record levels. Interest rates are rising. Production of real things is not increasing. The military generates most demand. How long can it go on?
Obituary: The Charlatanry of Milton Friedman
Evan Jones busts some myths about the grand-daddy of free market economics
Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial Pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, writes Neale Towart
Legal: The Fair Deal
Anthony Forsyth proposes a social partnership agenda for Australia
Review: A Little History
The Little History of Australian Unionism is exactly that; fifteen thousand words on the topic, writes Rowan Cahill.
Global Campaign for Jailed Iranian Union Leader
Bully Tactics Can’t Dull Protests
Which Bank Slashes Work Rights?
Sunday’s The Day For Future Rallies
Carmel Saves Job, Loses Bonus
Case Dismissed: No Justice in WorkChoices
China (S)trains Procurement Policy
Contracts Out on Sole Traders
Car Companies Do The Dirty
Historic Case Restores Security
Final Hurdle for Medibank Sell-Off
Address to the Nation
ACTU secretary Greg Combet's speech to the National Day of Action
The Westie Wing
Ian West recalls a time when the earth was flat, unions ran the country and Honest John Howard was the workers’ best friend.
One Reader, At Least
Punitive IR laws and a commercially-driven workers compensation scheme are conspiring to bully injured workers, writes Dr Con Costa.
Boss With a Heart
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Carmel Saves Job, Loses Bonus
The woman who fronted the campaign to prevent Westpac off-shoring 485 jobs to India has been denied an annual pay bonus.
Carmel Bourke told the Sydney Rights at Work rally she had been informed this week she would not be receiving the annual bonus, valued at between $3000 and $5000.
While she has not been told the reasons she failed her performance review, Carmel says she has been under pressure from managers for making public comment on the off-shoring proposal.
Finance Sector Union state secretary Geoff Derrick says the decision reeks of pay-back over the campaign to halt the off-shore of Westpac's Concord transactions centre..
"Carmel is a dead-set hero for her courage is standing up for her job and the jobs of her co-workers," Derrick says.
Carmel received a heroe's welcome when she took the stage alongside NSW Premier Morris Iemma before 40,000 Sydney protestors.
She thanks the public for their support and paid tribute to the work of the FSU.
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson told the crowd it was an historic win against one of Australia's strongest corporation.
"You sent the bank the message that Australian companies have a responsibility to their workers; you can't send jobs to the lowest bidder and expect customer loyalty in return."
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