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Issue No. 155 04 October 2002  

Wrong Way, Go Back
The weekend machinations over the structure of the ALP are in danger of missing the fundamental point: Labor�s current malaise is caused not be an excess of core values but through a deficit.


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.


 Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown

 Fight Begins For Long Weekends

 Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak

 Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers

 Libs Pledge Moderate IR line

 Workers Kick Grand Final Goal

 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


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.

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

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.

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.

 Jacks and Jills
 Shame on Murray
 Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
 Speaking in Tongues
 Casual Days
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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.

Under its terms, the NRL will supply clothing unions with the names and addresses of all licensed product manufacturers.

They, in turn, will be encouraged to sign Licensee Agreements with the union, commiting to provide details of sub-contractors' contracts, employees and wage records within 14 days of request.

Failure to meet that deadline, or proven breaches of legal entitlements, would be grounds for terminating the contract.

TCFUA secretary, Barry Tubner, hailed NRL co-operation as a "breakthrough with international implications.

"For the first time we have the written support of a major sporting organisation for our campaign to protect vulnerable wage workers and outworkers.

"Chasing dodgy operators through the courts is a major logistical and financial exercise. This will shortcut that process dramatically.

"You never know what will come out of the court process, maybe a $10,000 fine maybe a slap on the wrist. This document specifically puts their contracts at risk and, at the end of the day, that's what they care about."

Unions are moving to have the ARU, AFL and Soccer Australia follow league's lead.

NRL chief David Gallop joined Tubner and Labor Council secretary, John Robertson in signing-off on the Memorandum at Peter Wynn's Score, Parramatta.

Teeth are expected to be added to the process when international clothing giant, Nike, signs off on the first Licensee Agreement within weeks.

Workers Online understands that Nike Australia has received the green light from its US base to become the first licensee to commit. American executives are expected to fly to Sydney for the signing ceremony, later this month.

Meanwhile, in an interesting twist on today's Memorandum the NRL, TCFUA and Labor Council will make submissions to ACCC chief, Alan Fels, to ensure there are no roadblocks constructed by the consumer watchdog.

Fels will by asked to okay the process because of NRL legal concerns stemming from the South Sydney embarrassment when they were found to have breached the Trades Practices Act.


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