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Issue No. 155 04 October 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Wet One
NSW Opposition industrial relations spokesman Michael Gallacher stakes out his relationship with the union movement.

Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Virgin Mobile is sexy and funky, right? Well, only if those terms have become synonyms for dictatorial or downright mean.

Unions: Demolition Derby
Tony Abbott likens industrial relations to warfare and, like a good general should, he is about to shift his point of attack – from building sites to car plants, reports Jim Marr.

Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
For the powerful, consumerism equals freedom, and is all the freedom we need, writes James Goodman

Politics: American Jihad
Let’s get real. The origins of modern Islamic terrorist groups are in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Langley, Virginia not Baghdad, argues Noel Hester.

Health: Secret Country
Oral history recordings are an inadequate tool in trying to find out what happened to Aboriginal stockmen and their communities on cattle stations in Northern Australia, writes Neale Towart

Review: Walking On Water
On the 20th anniversary of the first AIDS-related death, Tara de Boehmler witnesses the aftermath of losing a loved one to the illness in Walking On Water.

Culture: TCF
Novelist Anthony Macris captures life on the shop floor in this extract from his upcoming novel, Capital Volume II

Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
The University of Queensland has sought to join the ranks of union-busting companies like Rio Tinto in trying to sack the president of the local union - and made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with an array of acquiescent academics.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown
The architect of War on the Wharves has signalled he is preparing for an industrial showdown in the rail industry in a bid to boost his company’s share price.

Speaking to US investors, Chris Corrigan this week described the 1998 waterfront confrontation, featuring dogs and Dubai-trained mercenaries, as “extremely good value” and said he was preparing for disputation at National Rail. [full story]

Fight Begins For Long Weekends
Tony Abbott’s Building Industry Taskforce will be welcomed to Sydney by a CFMEU-led campaign of industrial action in support of guaranteed long weekends.

Action around the 36-hour week campaign was flagged this week with the CFMEU writing to 1000 NSW employers, initiating bargaining periods. Failure to meet calls for seven nominated long weekends a year, and 12% on wages over three years, would see them follow up with 1000 notices of protected industrial action. [full story]

Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak
Labor Council is relying on law enforcement experience in a bid to beat back increasingly shrill employer demands for alcohol and drug testing.

The Council has engaged consultants, experienced in work with the Police Department, to develop alternatives to the invasions of worker privacy being demanded by employers. [full story]

Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers
Finance sector workers face a new wave of job losses as companies engage in a global auction to prise sweetheart deals out of government authorities.

Westpac this week announced it would close call centres in Sydney and Melbourne with the work sent to smaller states, while AXA has taken the ultimate step and relocated 70 jobs to Bangalore, India. [full story]

Libs Pledge Moderate IR line
The NSW Coalition has pledged an open-door policy to trade unions if it wins power at the next State election, and to maintain goodwill between employer and employee organisations.

The Liberals IR spokesman Michael Gallacher has told Workers Online that he would retain the powers of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and would be supportive of increased regulation of labour hire. [full story]

Workers Kick Grand Final Goal
Textile workers scored a grand final bonus when the NRL signed-off on a ground breaking licensee agreement today, designed to show sweat shops the red card.

The Memorandum commits the NRL to an active role in ensuring employees and outworkers involved in the manufacture of rugby league apparel receive Award minimum wages and conditions. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 NSW Screws Down Lid on Funeral Scams

 Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters

 Detention Centre Workers Demand Safety Search

 Religious Teachers Win Legal Coverage

 Pressure Builds on Parking Sting

 US Docks Lockout Hits Sea Trade

 Activists Notebook

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“For the first time we have the written support of a major sporting organisation for our campaign to protect vulnerable wage workers and outworkers," TCFUA's Barry Tubner

E D I T O R I A L
With corporate excesses reaching breaking point, a War for Oil in the Middle East and increased pressure in the workplace Labor should be killing it.

Coonan the Barbarian

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
I Walk The Line
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has weighed into the Hilton Hotel dispute with this special message to the workforce.

Postcard
Mekong Daze
Union Aid Abroad's Phil Hazelton fires off a missive from Laos where he is spending a year working with the community.

Month In Review
Bush Whackers
It was a month where the world teetered on the brink of peace, no thanks to the leader of the free world, writes Jim Marr

The Locker Room
The Laws Of Gravity
Phil Doyle goes looking for the fine line that separates sport from an exercise in time-wasting

Bosswatch
Snouts in the Trough
It’s AGM season in the corporate world, and deal after shady deal is being exposed as highfliers treat company accounts like the proverbial honey-pot.

Wobbly
Songs of Solidarity
There has been a proud history of pro-worker tunes dating back to the early days of the 20th century, which will be continued in a new CD, writes Dan Buhagiar.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Jacks and Jills
 Shame on Murray
 Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
 Speaking in Tongues
 Casual Days

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