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Issue No. 137 24 May 2002  

An Aussie Icon
The public deification of the Last Anzac, Alec Campbell, proves the adage that when you scratch the surface of an icon you'll invariably find a far more interesting reality.


Interview: Just Done It?
Nikewatch's Tim Connor gives his verdict on the global giant's latest innovation: ethics.

Tribute: Lest We Forget
Rowan Cahill goes looking for the real Alec Campbell and finds a story the Telegraph will not be publishing.

History: Solidarity Forever
Neale Towart looks at the enduring relationship between the union movement and the defence forces and finds it all comers down to solidarity.

Technology: Unblocking the Superhighway
Michael Gadiel argues the case for Open Standards as a way of breaking the grip of big business on the IT industry.

International: Gloves Off
Workers and their unions are facing a battering throughout South America as a wave of economic turmoil sweeps across the continent.

Unions: Out Of Work
Jim Marr travels to the frontline to witness the impact of the Howard Government's decision to close Employment National.

Review: Strange Business
Tara de Boehmler looks at a new flick that exposes the dark side of the Material World.

Poetry: The Lawyer's Lament
One of the big issues of recent weeks has been the explosion of insurance costs for public and community events, many of which have had to be cancelled as a result.

Satire: Government Mourns Loss Of Last Anzac
Treasurer Peter Costello has lamented the death of Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC, bemoaning the lost revenue the government could have gained at his expense following the Budget.


 Workers Honour Radical Digger

 Retailers in Outworker Spotlight

 Nurses, Teachers Snare Agenda

 Syd in Vicious Backpacker Stand-off

 Microsoft Monopoly Under Challenge

 Kiddies Not Exactly Having a Ball

 NSW ALP Faces Asylum Seeker Test

 Canberra Acts on Industrial Manslaughter

 Carr Delivers on Dismissals

 Santa Claus Strikers on Christmas Island

 Abbott Believes Management Should Dictate

 Low Paid Not To Blame For Beer Price Rise

 Casino Award Covers Eastern States

 Security Workers Want Bosses Sacked

 Sydneysiders Rally For Western Sahara

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
The Cold Hard Truth
The Rail,Tram and Bus Union's Nick Lewocki argues our hard-hearted treatment of refugees is a betrayal of our proud immigrant history.

The Locker Room
The South Melbourne Football Club Pty Ltd
A spectre is haunting football; it is the spectre of revolution; a free market revolution, writes Phil Doyle.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Jobs are under threat in the textile and trye markets; but there's better news in the Newcastle mills and the Nike factories.

Gas Treaty - The Raw Deal
East Timor is getting less then 40%´┐Żnot 90% royalties from the oil and gas revenue in the Timor Sea, reports HT Lee.

Week in Review
Origin of the Species
Phil Gould, Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus may have buried the laughable notion that Rugby Union is the sport they play in heaven, but outside Stadium Australia life goes on, as Jim Marr discovers.

 Dancing With Trotsky? Not Bloody Likely.
 Your Tools Page is Down
 Big Dave Foster
 Give Us a Click!
 Will the Real Mark Latham Please Stand Up?
 Unified Labour
 The Last Survivor
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Low Paid Not To Blame For Beer Price Rise

The Australian Hotels' Association claim that the price of beer will have to increase to cover the recent $18 a week pay is grossly misleading, ACTU Secretary Greg Combet says.

"The AHA had every opportunity to argue before the Industrial Relations Commission that pubs and clubs had an 'incapacity to pay' during the recent Living Wage case.

After threatening to submit a claim on these grounds, the AHA dropped the matter because it couldn't be substantiated, " Mr Combet said.

In early May the Industrial Relations Commission decided low paid workers deserved an $18 a week pay rise, taking into account the cost to employers."

Mr Combet said the AHA's recommendation to pubs to push up the price of beer by 10 cents was simply an exercise in profiteering.

He said the AHA had also conveniently failed to mention Peter Costello's budget measures which would increase taxes on most alcoholic beverages.

The ACTU has written to ACCC Chairman Alan Fels asking him to investigate claims that the AHA has engaged in misleading and deceptive trading conduct and whether that conduct constitutes unlawful price fixing.

Deal on Discount Grog Sacking

A Bunbury, West Australia, bar worker sacked for giving discounts on beer has reached an out of court settlement with her employer.

The LHMU's WA South West office contacted the worker after hearing about her sacking in the media.

Diana Kozyrski, 18, made headlines when her employer had her charged with stealing $14 by discounting 10 jugs of beer to regulars at the hotel.

Diana says she wasn't given any formal training at the hotel and was following the lead of other staff but her employer still laid charges.

Her lawyer has attempted to have the charges thrown out on the grounds that they are a waste of taxpayers' money but the Magistrate has ordered that she stand trial at the end of May.

In the meantime, LHMU Prosecutions Officer Jeff Rosales says the details of the Unfair Dismissal settlement are confidential.


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