In vintage Workers Online fashion we have detected a minor, but telling, factual error in last week’s missive/suicide note. It’s not a seven year itch – this is, in fact, the end of an eight year project.
Interview: The Terminator
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson looks back on the highs and lows of a year when the battle lines were drawn.
Industrial: Vive La Resistance
Jim Marr glances back through a year of news and discovers plenty of reason for optimism…
Unions: Breaking News
The web offered new ways of covering unions issues. Here’s ten ways Workers Online tried to do things differently.
History: Seven Deadly Sins
Looking back on our annual year-ender editorials gives a nice overview of the journey we have taken.
Economics: Back to the Future
Political economist Frank Stilwell looks back at a year that saw the passing of the drivers of two strains of economic thought.
Politics: Organising and Organisations
Organising for unionists can mean overcoming the “union”. The “rolling of the right” by the BLF rank and file shows the power of workers united to defeat the power of bosses and certain union bosses.
International: Web Retrospective
Unions and the web – What's changed in the last seven years? The short answer is – everything and nothing, wrties Eric Lee
Review: Shock Therapy
Unreconstructed Kazakhi journalist Borat is unleashed on the ‘US and A’ offending everyone – except the bigots.
High Flyers Go For Gold
Hospital Staff Prescribe Radical Surgery
Holland Goes Dutch on Safety
New Thinking to Transport Sydney
Check Mate - Track Your Personal Info
WorkChoices on a Trolley
See No Evil, OEA
Feltex Carpets PM's Fibs
Workers Blood on the Walls
Lift For Unfair Dismissal Campaign
No Discrimination on Choice
Vanstone Opens New Meat Market
So Where to Now?
Amanda Tattersall outlines her plans for Working NSW and the challenge of connecting research, communications and campaigning.
Gone But Not Forgotten
Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (1915-2006). His memory is still being honoured, writes Jim Marr
Hit For Six
The Westie Wing
Our favourite politician bids adieu and hangs up his chestnuts.
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No Discrimination on Choice
Hundreds of indigenous Australians are being pushed onto AWAs by an organisation with strong links to the federal government.
Aboriginal Hostels Ltd management is refusing to negotiate a new collective contract and insisting that workers sign secret individual contracts.
The organisation provides temporary accommodation and associated services to indigenous people and is a major employer of Aboriginal workers.
The non-negotiable about-face came after Aboriginal Hostels had negotiated three collective contracts with the employees' union.
"They've made it clear that, despite the wishes of employees, management will not have another collective contract," LHMU rep Tim Ferrari said.
"They've made it clear their position is not-negotiable. It seems to come straight from their bosses in federal government.
"We have repeatedly tried to contact the AHL board but it refuses to sit down and talk with the workers' union."
The LHMU will contact Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island leaders to ask them to support the workforce's call for negotiations on a collective contract.
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