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Issue No. 145 19 July 2002  
E D I T O R I A L

Two Wings Flapping
The one element missing from the current debate about the relationship between the labour movement and the ALP is any discussion about what's in it for the unions.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: In The Tent
The Australian Services Union's Martin Foley on the dilemma facing trade unions affiliated to the Labor Party.

Bad Boss: The Desk Nazi
Everyone’s mail is on the money this week. Yep, Australia Post, courtesy of the born-to-rule attitude so beloved by the Workplace Relations Minister has been nominated for the Tony Award.

Media: Hold the Presses
The withdrawal of mainstream news outlets from the reporting of industrial relations is playing right into the bosses' hands, writes Andrew Casey

Workplace: Putting Bullies In Their Place
Ever wonder where the schoolyard bullies from your formative years ended up? Chances are they are still making someone’s life hell in an Australian workplace today. Even worse, one of them might be your direct supervisor.

Industrial: Women and Work
The last fortnight may well prove a turning point for working Australian women and their families, argues ACTU President Sharan Burrow

International: Whine and Dine
The political and industrial wings of British labour are at each other's throats, reports Andrew Casey.

History: Black Adder
Old King Cole had good tutors. Roger Milliss captured the style of conservative government witch-hunts in Serpent’s Tooth, his cathartic apology to his father, Bruce.

Review: Bad Movie
While the search for Australia's worst boss is well underway, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company seems to point the finger squarely at the US Government - albeit accidentally.

Poetry: I Remember
Dermott Ryder knocks our Resident Bard off his podium this week with a little ditty about a bloke called Honest John

N E W S

 Builder Blows Whistle on Kangaroo Court

 Alarm Over Unis in Detention

 Unions Spark New Super Push

 Abbott Trips on Entitlements - Again

 Picnic Day for Union Members Only

 Memo: John Travolta - Come Fly With Us!

 Cole Comfort to Bodgey Builders

 Unions Eye SA Casuals Victory

 Burrow: Paid Mat Leave Just First Step

 Mayne Warning – But Will They Listen?

 Drought Relief Should Extend To Rural Workers

 Coca Cola Action Bubbles Globally

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The Royal Circus
CFMEU organiser Terry Kesby gives a first hand account of his experience before the Cole Royal Commission.

The Locker Room
Bravely Running Away
Phil Doyle is bewildered by the Australian Cricket team’s reluctance to join John Howard’s War On Terror.

Bosswatch
Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
As the world market lurches under the weight of its own amorality, regulators and business lobbies are locking horns over the need for more rules.

Week in Review
A Share of the Action
Sharemarket jitters produce mea culpas from the magnate set but, as Jim Marr discovers, loyal followers in the Howard administration aren’t likely to join the chorus any time soon.

L E T T E R S
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 Real Reform
 Hooray for Frank!
 Reform or Die
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Unions Spark New Super Push


Compulsory superannuation contributions need to be increased to 15% of salary to ensure adequate retirement incomes for most Australian workers, according to the ACTU.

ACTU secretary Greg Combet says the increase in employer contributions from 8% to 9% from the start of this month provides a good base to build on to ensure reasonable incomes for all retired employees in the future.

Combet will told a Senate Superannuation Committee hearing in Melbourne this week that the Government's proposed super legislation would not meet the national need for increased retirement savings.

"The Government should consider measures including tax cuts on all super contributions, a cap on fees and a ban on commissions for compulsory contributions. Encouragement should also be given for increased employer and employee contributions," Combet says.

"Instead of increasing savings, the Government's so-called choice of fund legislation will push up superannuation costs through higher marketing fees by helping expensive bank and life funds to a bigger share of people's super.

"The Government wants to give a tax break to the wealthiest individuals, and do nothing for low and middle-income earners, by cutting the superannuation surcharge for high income earners only.

"Low-income earners who cannot afford to pay an extra $1000 will miss out on the Government's co-contribution, while the benefit will go to the partners and children of higher income earners who pay the amount for them. The co-contribution scheme should be restructured to assist low and middle income workers."


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