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Shannon Plots Corporate Raid


Recent company collapses like One Tel and employer hostility to union organising have shown that unions need to run more corporate or strategic campaigns.

The problem is that few Australian unions have the resources, expertise (or time!) at present to collect even the basic information they need about their target companies.

Labor Council is currently developing a dedicated Bosswatch website that will do this. The site will be launched by the end of September.

Bosswatch is a website that will house a database of Australian companies which tracks company performance, exposes bad management and monitors executive salaries and company profits. The site will also track who sits on which company boards.

Shannon O'Keeffe who recently joined the Organising Centre after 2 ½ years as a Campaign Researcher at the LHMU is coordinating the project.

"We need to know what's going on inside these big companies because workers are being told there is no money in the coffers while CEOs and executives are paying themselves multi-million dollar bonuses. Workers and the community are outraged when this is exposed," Shannon says.

Once Bosswatch is up and running it can be used to assist unions and community groups in the development of e-campaigning and strategic campaigns by providing the supporting technology and base information.

BossWatch is being developed by Labor Council's technology partners Social Change Online.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
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*  Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
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*  Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
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*  Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
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*  International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
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*  History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
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*  Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
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*  Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
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*  Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.
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News
»  Dudded Dudes Lead Union Fight Back
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»  Redundancy Rules Promote Outsourcing
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»  Workers Compo Bill Hovers
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»  Della’s Pay for View Awards
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»  Trades Hall Get Green Light
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»  Public Works Under the Gun
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»  Inner City School Closures
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»  TAB Computers Push Bigger Bets
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»  Shannon Plots Corporate Raid
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»  Stop CSR Militants Wrecking Economy
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»  NRMA Learns From the Big Boys
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»  Diggers’ Records to be Outsourced?
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»  Unions Back Religious Freedoms in Vietnam
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»  Blair's Britain - An Insider Speaks
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»  Workers Online 100th Issue Bash
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»  Activists' Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  The May Day Wash-Out Explained
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»  What's Wrong With Compo?
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