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Issue No. 141 21 June 2002  

Interview: The Fels Guy
ACCC chair Professor Alan Fels on big business attacks, the waterfront dispute and where unions stand under the Trade Practices Act.

Solidarity: Life or Death?
Ka mate, ka mate, ka ora, ka ora – the eternal warriors’ dilemma - filled the Sydney air this week. Jim Marr was there.

Unions: Back to Basics
Tony Papa made it to the top of the Australian union movement; now he's back at the frontline organising building workers. And he's never been happier.

International: Global Terror
The annual report into violence against trade unionists was released this week. But, as Andrew Casey reports, the killings continue.

History: Sorry Business
Dr Rosalind Kidd lifts the lid on the use of forced labour of Aboriginal people in Queensland right through to the 1960s.

Technology: Future Active
In his new book on net activism, Graham Meikle arges that ideas will ultimately triumph over assets.

Satire: Executive Presents PowerPoint Eulogy at Mother’s Funeral
A corporate affairs manager from a leading Sydney company yesterday delivered a moving presentation at his mother’s funeral, utilising the many features of Microsoft’s PowerPoint software.

Poetry: Santa Claus Was Coming to Oz
As we commemorate world refugee day, what can we learn about our treatment of refugees, from the case of one man from far away who tried to enter Australia last Christmas?

Review: Dial 'M' For Minority Report
Imagine a place where everyone knows your name, the streets are filled with smiling faces, and murder has all but been obliterated. Anyone who finds this scene idyllic has clearly not seen Minority Report.

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Fair Share: Link Executive Pay to Wages
Executive pay levels should be capped or linked to workers wages under radical proposals put forward by the union movement.

In an effort to kick-start community debate on executive pay, NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson says wage relativities are worth investigating. [full story]

Abbott’s 'Rule of Law' Faces Court Challenge
Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott’s bid to require states to bow to federal industrial relations rules on federally funded construction projects is facing its own legal challenge.

The CFMEU Construction Union is applying to the Federal Court for orders declaring Government’s National Construction Industry Code of Practice and associated guidelines in breach of the Workplace Relations Act. [full story]

Royal Gaze Averted as Bosses Shut Down and Fined
Workcover has issued fines, prohibition and improvement notices against the Flemington site which Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole declined to visit this week.

Even more sensationally, state government safety officers shut down the adjoining site, also brought to Royal Commission notice by the CFMEU. [full story]

Molten Metal Sparks Safety Probe
A group of workers have been locked out of their workplace after raising safety concerns about forklifts carrying molten metal routinely bumping over potholed surfaces.

Seventy five Australian Workers Union members employed by Nonferral Pty Ltd, a division of Tri-Star Steering and Suspension are now gearing up for a test of new health and safety laws, claiming they've been vicitimised for raising safety issues. [full story]

Consumer Boycotts Don't Break Law: Fels
The chair of the Australia Consumer and Competition Commission Professor Alan Fels has assured workers that they would not be breaching the law by calling for consumer boycotts of anti-union firms and their products.

Speaking to Workers Online, Professor Fels helped clear the air on one of the biggest blocks to brand-busting – whether a consumer boycott is in breach of the trades Practices Act. [full story]

Korean Own Goal in World Focus
South Korean World Cup heroics won’t be enough to deflect world attention from the country’s appalling human rights record.

NSW Labor Council will participate in a rally outside the Korean Consulate this Thursday - part of an international campaign in support of Korean workers. [full story]


 STOP PRESS: Court Ticks Off on Service Fees

 Zero Tolerance on Casino Violence

 GIO Workers Challenge Bosses' Union Wages

 Nurses Reject Band-Aid Solution

 Saving Lives In Killer Productions

 McDonalds Vandal Becomes Global Hero

 Debate Rages Over Chinese Unions

 Paul Howes' Activist Notebook

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“We came here because we thought the building industry would provide a better way of life for us and our families. We didn’t come here to die,” CFMEU organiser Steve Keenan.

The Top End of Town has been feeding us bitter pills for long enough; it's time they had a taste of their own medicine.

Analyse This


The Soapbox
Jock or Janus?
Roland Stephens looks at Labor's progression through the eyes of 'Jock' the legendary David Williamson character.

The Locker Room
The World Game
Former Socceroo Dennis Yaager gives his take on the Cup Finals while Labourstart's Andrew Casey rates the labour performance of the nations left in contention.

Week in Review
A Law Unto Themselves
Law, domestic and international, is centre stage but Jim Marr discovers 7.1 billion reasons why big business seems to rise above it.

Who Wants To be a Millionaire?
There are more of them than ever before, according to a new global survey of the world's richest.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Tanya Inc
 Tom Bites Back
 Root Canal Therapy

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