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Issue No. 152 13 September 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Still Flying
Flight Attendant’s Association international secretary Johanna Brem looks at life in the air since last September’s terrorist attacks.

International: President Gas
NSW Firefighter’s president Darryl Snow sent this missive to his members on the anniversary of a day when 343 of their colleagues died in the line of duty.

Politics: Australia: A Rogue State?
ARM director Greg Barnes argues that September 11 has summoned a new era of isolationism and international lawlessness.

Unions: Welfare Max
Maximus Inc is big, American and controversial. Right now its knocking on the door of Australian welfare delivery and there is every chance the Howard Government will usher it inside, reports Jim Marr.

Bad Boss: Welcome to Telstra!
A Telstra call centre has joined the race for Bad Boss after sacking a pregant woman who had the audacity to need to use the toilet.

Health: Fat Albert: The Grim Reaper
Workers Online's cultural dietician Mark Morey chews the fat over this week's conference on child obesity

Satire: Iraq Pre-empts Pre-emptive Strike
Saddam Hussein has launched a pre-emptive strike on the United States to prevent it from pre-emptively striking Iraq first.

Poetry: A Man From the East And A Man From The West
Resident Bard David Peetz has penned this ode to the sacked Hilton hotel workers

Review: The Sum Of All Fears
Tara de Boehmler checks in to see that America’s cultural cringe is alive, well and sponsored by Marlboro cigarettes

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L A T E S T   N E W S

‘Robbed Generation’ Seeks Stolen Wages
State governments face the largest back-pay claim in Australian history as indigenous Australians seek redress for more than 70 years of systematic under-payment.

Armed with QC advice that a claim would be successful in the courts, the ACTU Indigenous Conference this week passed a resolution backing a claim for reparations against the Queensland Government. [full story]

One Year On: Ansett Crash Still Hurts
Half the 16,000 dumped Ansett workers have yet to find alternative fulltime employment 12 months after the airline collapsed.

That sobering estimation was provided by one-time Ansett employee, David Lupton, as he chronicled the human cost of Federal Government’s decision to cling onto millions of dollars of his former workmates entitlements. [full story]

Cole Exposed By Immigration Scam
Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole sat on the evidence behind this week’s highly-publicised round-up of illegal Korean workers for three months.

Cole was alerted to the situation at De Lorenzo Ceramics, Baulkham Hills, during testimony by CFMEU NSW secretary, Andrew Ferguson, in June. [full story]

Car Workers on Howard Hit List
Car industry workers will be the next target in the Howard Government’s aggressive union-busting campaign.

Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott has thrown down the gauntlet by linking ongoing tarrif protection to industrial relations “reform” in an industry setting records for productivity and export earnings. [full story]

Mystery Windfall for Hilton Workers
A Hawaiian telco exec has invited sacked Hilton Hotel workers to a slap-up lunch in support of their campaign for a decent retrenchment settlement – and options on their jobs when the establishment reopens.

James Calazzo will kick-in $10,000 towards lunch for the 470 workers in recognition of the service he has received during his stays in the George St hotel. [full story]

Shock: Abbott Backs Workers
Federal Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott has weighed into an industrial dispute, backing workers at Warringah Mall against an attempt to hit them with parking fees.

Abbott, who is also the local member, publicly accused Warringah Mall owners AMP of making a ‘greedy grab’ for cash, after they applied to Warringah Council to charge the workers four dollars a day. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Union Billboards Censored

 Track Grab Ignores Lessons of Glenbrook

 Casual Approach to Air Safety

 Bosses Say No Living Wage For NSW Childcarers

 Pastry Workers Tell Boss To Get Puffed

 Injury Toll Mushrooms

 Victorian Zookeepers Down Buckets

 Pride and Safety for Workers Out!

 Activists Notebook

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“A lot of people are finding it difficult to survive and I know of six families that have broken up in the past four months because of the financial pressure" - former Ansett worker David Lupton

E D I T O R I A L
Beneath the rubble of the Twin Towers lies a system of beliefs in liberty, pluralism and tolerance that we had mistakenly taken for granted.

Schoolyard Bully

C O L U M N S

Legends
Gough's Plaza
Labor's living legend challenged NSW Labor to lift its game as he attended a renaming of 2KY House to Gough Whitlam Plaza.

The Locker Room
Support The System That Supports You
This system is a certainty, a moral, a good thing and a knocktaker; well, at least according to Phil Doyle

Bosswatch
RIP Chainsaw Al
One of the heroes of corporate downsizing has been cut down but his memory lives on with golden handshakes for leaders of failed businesses still thick on the ground.

Awards
The Importance of Being Ernie
It was the tenth annual “Ernie” Awards for sexist behaviour and Labor Council’s Alison Peters was amongst the noisy punters

Week in review
Lest We Forget
You can’t help a sneaking suspicion, Jim Marr writes, that George Bush is conscripting the dead of September 11, 2001, to lead his push for another war in the Gulf…

Activists
Workers Out!
Gay and Lesbian trade unionists are organising an international conference to develop a global response to homophobia in the workplace, writes Ryan Heath


LETTERS to the Editor
 The CFMEU Race Debate #1
 The CFMEU Race Debate #2
 Keeping it Clean
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