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Issue No. 142 28 June 2002  

Interview: Safe as Houses
Labor Council secretary John Robertson outlines the union movement's priorities in the lead-up to this week's Safety Summit.

Safety: Ten Steps to Safety
On the eve of the NSW Safety Summit, Workers Online went looking for the ten biggest workplace health issues and what needs to be done to address them.

History: Staying Alive
Neale Towart winds the clock back to discover that contemporary arguments that regulators should stay out of workplace safety and let the market do its business are nothing new.

Unions: Choose Life
While Commissioner Cole struggles with the concept of unions trying to improve workers� wages, out in the real world, bosses daily thumb their noses at safety authorities, as Jim Marr discovers.

International: Seoul Destroyers
The rise and rise of the Korean national football team in the World Cup competition was more than matched by the rise and rise of the number of imprisoned Korean trade unionists.

Corporate: Crash Landing
Did Ansett workers� productivity really crash Ansett? Jim McDonald weighs up the evidence.

Activists: The Refusenik
At 20, Rotem Mor has spent more time analysing how he will live his life than most people twice his age. A month in prison and another 18 serving in the Israeli army saw to that.

Review: Dumb Nation
Michael Moore's new book, 'Stupid White Men' exposes the rorts behind the Bush presidency with bitter humour, writes Mark Hebblewhite.

Poetry: Helping Out The Rich
From proposals to 'deregulate' (ie raise) university fees, to attempts to restrict workers' right to strike in the name of 'genuine' bargaining the Government's rhetoric about helping out the battlers is wearing just a bit thin.

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Redundancy Bonus for Members Only
A $300,000 redundancy payment negotiated for workers at a failed Melbourne rope factory will flow through to union members only.

In a development on the service fee debate, the Australian Workers Union has negotiated an ex gratia payment for its 90 members at Kinnears, which closed its doors this week.  [full story]

Tax Office Backs CFMEU Case
The Australian Tax Office has vindicated union claims of widespread building industry tax avoidance, phoenixing and workers comp rorts in a submission to the Cole Royal Commission.

The submission, that directly contradicts assertions by Royal Commission architect Tony Abbott that �there is no evidence that tax evasion is more prevalent in this industry than others� was lodged this week. [full story]

Lib MP Named in Cole Commission
A Federal Liberal MP has been named in the Cole Royal Commission, accused of interfering in South Coast building industry contracts.

The Cole Royal Commission this week heard evidence that Joanna Gash was a central player in an anti-union crusade which South Coast Labor Council secretary Arthur Rorris said had built a �climate of fear� in the Shoalhaven region. [full story]

Sentencing Guidelines for Safety Breaches
The Carr Government should develop sentencing guidelines for workplace safety prosecutions based on those in place for some crimes, the NSW Labor Council will tell this week's Safety Summit.

NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson will also call on WorkCover inspectors to conduct random safety inspections of workplaces. [full story]

Revealed: Costello�s Hit List
More than 35 vital community services will be stripped back and 22 face closure thanks to the federal government�s refusal to meet its funding obligations.

Fed up with government�s refusal to meet its share of an IRC-endorsed wage increase, the Australian Service Union and the NSW Council of Social and Community Services have released a �hit list� showing all the services to be affected. [full story]

Virtual Cold War Over
The Australian trade union movement has ended its 'virtual Cold War' to establish a unified web presence after the ACTU this week launched its new site on LaborNet.

The move signals the end of the Virtual Communities-LaborNet split that has existed for the past three years and hindered the development of a single web strategy for organised labour. [full story]


 Safety Lock-Out Enters Second Week

 Unions Seek Talks With New Airport Owners

 Journos Attacked by NRMA

 Strip Bosses Face Dressing Down

 Beattie Called Into Bargaining Impasse

 Nurses Deliver Largest Ever Petition

 US Braces for its Own Waterfront War

 Activists Notebook

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�Jon, the last thing you want to do is come in here in the morning and find a kid has fallen in there. When we go home, these places make great playgrounds,� CFMEU organiser Serge Saliadarre

Perhaps the time has come to mainstream work safety � recognise it�s a hot issue for workers and therefore fertile ground for organising.

Dirty Deeds


The Soapbox
Back to the Future
McKenzie Wark argues that the future of the book relies on the future of a sphere of public debate.

Chain Reaction
The Big Australian discovers a uranium mine it never knew it had, a corporate fraud sparks a worldwide market plunge and the price of investing ethically.

The Locker Room
Three Colours Blue
After a World Cup that saw post-colonial cultural theorists chanting 'we beat the scum one-nil' on the Terraces of Inchon, it was the natural order of things that prevailed, writes Phil Doyle

Poll Positioning
Unions Tasmania secretary Lynne Fitzgerald gives an overview of the State Election called earlier this week.

Week in Review
The Weight of Office
Apart from the Teflon John, power walking at his own pace, would-be leaders everywhere turned in shockers as Jim Marr discovered.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Link Wages to CEO Pay
 Voodoo Unionism
 Good News from the Pilbara
 Go Mark, Go

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