Home Ground Advantage
Interview: Battle Stations
Unions: The Workers, United
Politics: The Lost Weekend
Industrial: Truth or Dare
History: A Class Act
Economics: The Numbers Game
International: Blonde Ambition
Training: The Trade Off
Review: Bore of the Worlds
Poetry: The Beaters Medley
The Locker Room
The vision thing
You C.A.N. Do It
About Workers Online
The brief of Workers Online is to promote debate within the trade union movement, provide a platform for union stories and act as a counter-balance to the mainstream media's coverage of workplace issues.
Workers Online is recognised as a world-leader in union communications, joint winner of the ACTU website of the year award in 2000 and runner-up in the Labourstart international website of the year for 2001. It is posted online every Friday and is emailed to about 5,000 subscribers across the globe.
View our Editorial Policy.
The Workers Online team:
Workers Online by a team of trade union journalists backed by an extensive network of contributors from across the labour movement.
Editor: Peter Lewis
Peter first worked in Sussex Street as a pre-pubescent office boy for his father's trade union, the old PSPOA. He covered industrial relations with the Daily Telegraph and AAP before crossing the great divide and teaming up with NSW IR Minister Jeff Shaw in the mid-1990s.
He joined the Labor Council is 1998 and established Workers Online one year later.
Contact Peter at: [email protected]
News Editor: Jim Marr
Jim joins us with a background in journalism and trade unionism on both sides of the Tasman. After seven years as a trade union organiser in a previous lifetime, he worked for a number of New Zealand newspapers, including the Auckland and Sunday Stars,then movedinto TV script writing. Rugby League Week occupied six years, first as NZ Editor then as a Sydney-based senior writer, before he returned to trade unionism, through the CPSU, in 2000.
Contact Jim at:[email protected]
International Editor: Andrew Casey
Andrew has been working around newspapers, the media and working in PR for unions and the ALP for nearly 25 years. Do you think this describes him as an old dog? "The Case" started off at the SMH where he worked for years as an industrial reporter, as well as having a wonderful stint in London and Europe for the Fairfax media (one Sydney ultra-leftie Trot rag described him as a yellow capitalist running dog Fairfax journo, during his period in London!). For several years he worked at the ACTU when Simon Crean and Martin Ferguson were, in turn, ACTU President. Now he's working back in Sydney in the national office of the LHMU as a media officer, and on the side enjoying the bullsh*t title of Senior Asia-Pacific correspondent for the international union website LabourStart.
Contact Andrew at: [email protected]
History Editor: Neale Towart
It is believed that Neale is carefully preserved in the basement of the Labor Council Building, as close as possible to the venerable pile that is the Trades Hall Building. Neale rummages amongst the dusty archives and signs of life emerge once a week in the form of Neale's treatises on Labour History. So far no bodies have appeared but with Trades Hall due for renovation this might be the year. Neale is also rumoured to be the answers man behind Ask Neale.
Cultural Editor: Tara de Bohlmier
Aside from reviewing all things cultural for Workers Online, Tara de Boehmler is a communications consultant with a sound knowledge of the media industry and a successful track record as a working journalist. The former editor of popular labour industry publication Workforce NSW has applied her skills to a number of union clients, including the NSW/ACT Independent Education Union, The Australian Education Union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, and the Labor Council of NSW's OHS unit. Tara writes content for union websites, journals, and newsletters, and provides a range of media services. Tara has also worked as a journalist and editor of publications in the environmental, renewable energy and privacy industries. She is currently completing a masters in Environmental Management at the University of NSW.
Contact Tara at: [email protected]
Web Manager Mark McGrath
Mark has been the Union Projects Manager at Social Change Online for the last 5 years and has coordinated the website development of Workers Online and most of the other LaborNET sites during this time. He also guest reports for Workers on web technology for unions. But Mark is no geek and actually has a colorful past...in 1996 Mark discovered the web as an ALP candidate in that year's Federal Election, being the first Australian candidate to go online with a campaign website. Even more colorful was his career on the turf as a Handicapper for the Australian Jockey Club where he managed to get himself into all sorts of strife leading industrial campaigns for workplace reform in the racing industry.
Contact Mark at: [email protected]
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