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Back Door Bob Does Wollongong


Premier Bob Carr slipped into town today through the back door, apparently to avoid coming into contact with workers still angry about the Government' betrayal over workers compensation changes.

The Premier's visit, to open the ECCOCEM plant at Port Kembla, was shrouded in secrecy, even the local media were kept in the dark till this morning. Despite the short notice, dozens of Port Kembla workers turned out to greet the Premier.

Arthur Rorris, Secretary of the South Coast Labour Council said,

"We knew from recent experience that the Premier gets nervous about coming to Wollongong, so we put in a request that he meet with a Labour Council delegation."

"Our request was officially declined, unfortunately it appears that the Premier is too busy to meet and hear the concerns of ordinary workers in our region."

"Workers then lined up at the front gate expecting the Premier to arrive this morning only to find out that he sneaked in through the back door again."

"He's acting like a Premier on the run"

Convinced that he was acting suspiciously, a public announcement was made seeking information on a person fitting the following ethnic and political description:

Middle Aged Male, Caucasian, Wears Glasses But is Tunnel Visioned, Last seen Wearing a Dark Suit. Further, it is known that he has a record of crimes against the working class and public education. Officials warn that this man should not be approached by ordinary workers as he has a reputation for quick getaways. Any sighting in the region should be reported to the South Coast Labour Council who will send a negotiating team to attempt to organise a meeting.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: The Man from Manusafe
Manusafe chief Andrew Whiley explains why employers have nothing to fear from the entitlements trust fund.
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*  E-Change: 2.4 The Skeptic’s Response
In this round-table discussion, Noel Hester leads the charge against the argument that globalisation and change are inevitable.
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*  Politics: No Hand Idle
Whitlam Institute director Peter Botsman finds much to agree with in John Howard's social coalition for welfare delivery.
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*  Unions: Slavery and Struggle
A battle with all the elements of the infamous waterfront dispute is being played out in Charleston, South Carolina:
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*  International: Postcard from Santiago
The CFMEU's Phil Davey meets up with Communist Party cadres in Chile who led the underground resistance to Pinochet.
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*  History: Race and Australian Labour.
Australian unionists have long been questioning notions of a “White Australia”, even before the colonies united with it as the central feature.
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*  Economics: Global Regulation
Public sector unions from around the globe are taking the first steps to work internationally against the deregulation agenda.
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*  Satire: Niche Identified in Left-Wing Publications Market
A marxist-feminist activist has discovered a gaping hole in the lucrative left-wing publications market.
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*  Review: The Fight for Equal Pay
In this extract from her new book, Zelda D'Aprano looks at the contribution Kath Williams made to the struggle for equality.
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News
»  Entitlements Just Tip of the Iceberg
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»  State-Wide Push for Entitlement Protection
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»  Support Builds for Industrial Manslaughter Laws
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»  Organiser Assaulted – Police Called In
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»  Young Casuals Not Paid Overtime
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»  Commonwealth Hit With Criminal Conviction
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»  Back Door Bob Does Wollongong
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»  ABC IR Memo Draws More Fire
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»  Unions Warn of More Deaths in Construction
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»  Big Brother Hits Rail Workers
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»  Libs Dodge Public Education Forum
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»  Westfield Squeezes The Extra Dollar
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»  MP's Staffers Fume Over Pay Deal
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»  Mat Leave Win for Country Energy
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»  No Wonder Wonderland Workers Unhappy
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»  Qld's First Major Review of Awards
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»  Unions Buck Online Ambush
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»  Bras Burned for Burma
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»  Two Capps To Cancel Debt
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»  Australians Work Too Much, Too Long
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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
»  Waterfront Women's Support Group
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»  Banking Lobby Group
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»  Love Your Tool!
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»  More on Indonesian Workers
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