|Issue No 90||30 March 2001|
Paul Howes’ Week on the Web
Workers Online web wunderkind trawls the Web and finds a comp campaign with bite, the future of work under the microscope and a new site for the federal ALP.
Online Campaigning for Workers Comp
With the introduction of a new bill this week to radically over-haul the NSW Workers Compensation system which with disadvantaged injured workers, the Labor Council has launched a campaign website http://www.labor.net.au/compo. The site is a bit rough, but since the announcement was only on Wednesday I'm pretty impressed in the turnaround time. There is a load of information on the proposed changes as well as details of the campaign to bring the government into discussions with the union movement.
The Future of Work
The Triple J Morning Show ran a series last week on the how the workplace and the nature of work is changing. As a part of the series they launched a website located at http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/morning/work/ , the site feature information on the previous forums, message boards and different opinions on what people see as the future of their employment.
The Party Gets with the Program
The National Secretariat of the ALP has finally given their site a makeover http://www.alp.org.au. Whilst the navigation and content is pretty much the same as the old site, it is now more attractive and not so confusing. However the site does require a major over-haul before the election.
Call Centre Workers Organise Online
Several months ago an alliance of call center unions launched a website called Call Central http://www.callcentral.com.au. It contains information on the Call Centre Industry Code of Practice, the ACTU's call center campaigns and information for call center workers on how to organise.
Scoring hits on Bush
A very cleaver site has been launched called Bush Follies http://www.bushfollies.com/ which focuses on the funny side of the Dubbya Administration (like there is another side). It features sections on "Bushisms", the "Bush Log" as well as genuine information on the plunders of the Administration. But my personal favorite is the count down clock which informs you of how many days, hours, minutes & seconds are left of the Bush Administration.
New Labour Think Tanks
The Institute for Public Policy Research http://www.ippr.org.uk is a UK based, labour oriented think tank that has put out some interesting arguments on privitisation, welfare and the role of Labour Governments in relation to society and culture.
Interview: On the Up and Up
On the eve of new figures showing the slide in union membership may be bottoming out, ACTU secretary Greg Combet takes stock of the state of the movement.
Unions: Organising Theory
Labor Council’s Chris Christodoulou reports back from this week’s ACTU Organising Conference
Economics: The Failure of the Third Way
In his presentation to this week's ACTU Organising Conference, John Buchanan painted a dark picture of the emerging labour market.
History: Emblems of Unity
The Gregory J. Smith Collection of Trade Union badges was auctioned today in Sydney. Smith compiled a book on 763 of his remarkable collection which was published in 1992.
Legal: Della's Compo Plan
Labour lawyer Richard Brennan places the NSW workers compensation reforms under the microscope.
International: East Timor Goes Union
Workers in the fledgling nation have established their equivalent to the ACTU to build a safety net for workers.
Satire: Management for the Post-Industrial World
A new management fad is sweeping the post-industrial world, which has major social and political implications at the macro and micro level. We have called it "Purge Management Strategy" (PMS).
Review: Surviving The Temptations of TV Island
Cultural analyst Mark Morey rakes over the coals of American TV culture to find very little is there.
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