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Issue No. 156 11 October 2002  

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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Muslims Snubbed in Discrimination Laws
NSW anti-discrimination laws may not cover Muslims because their religion spans more than one culture, sparking calls for an urgent legislative review.

The Labor Council of NSW has called on the Carr Government to review the legislation in the wake of the case of a Muslim IT worker who has been threatened with sack for praying at work. [full story]

Workplace Racism Rife Post S11
A Turkish worker who has lived in Australia for 33 years says he�s been the butt of jokes and abuse from workmates since last years September 11 attacks on the United States.

Australian Workers Union�s delegate Ishmail Akdimir, says workmates at Boral Concrete have routinely thrown terms like �bomb thrower�, �towel wearer� and �Osama�s brother� over the past 12 months. [full story]

Mad Monk�s World In Turmoil
Tony Abbott�s new world of workplace confrontation has come home to roost, with a strike in his own department and a union delegate facing the sack.

Staff in Abbott�s Department of Employment and Workplace Relations will walk off the job Monday over a stalled EBA and the threats to CPSU delegate Kartika Franks.  [full story]

Qantas Directors Bust Wages Freeze
Worker representatives will attempt to bloc a massive 36 per cent pay rise for Qantas executives at the airline�s upcoming Annual General Meeting next week.

Qantas unions are encouraging workers with Qantas shares to give them proxies to add weight to their push to block the increases, sought against the backdrop of last year�s wage freeze.  [full story]

Deregistration on Cole Agenda
The head of the CFMEU has foreshadowed that the Cole Royal Commission into the building industry is angling to deregister all or part of his union.

Addressing the National Press Club in Canberra this week, CFMEU national secretary John Sutton predicted that the Howard Government would use the Royal Commission to directly attack the union. [full story]

Aussie Wharfies Save Farmers
The Maritime Union of Australia has stepped in to help local farmers by ensuring US waterside workers will offload Australian perishable cargo during any future port closures linked to the current waterfront dispute.

MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin brokered the deal as the Howard Government attempted to gain political capital from a solidarity visit by six MUA members in support of their US colleages.  [full story]


 Victorian Libs Block Pay Rise

 Dad�s the Word For Steelworkers

 Funeral Workers Dig in Their Heels

 Unions Expose Truth Of McDonalds� People Promise

 Gay and Lesbians Workers To Meet

 VTHC Urges Compassion For Colombian Refugees

 New Zealand Workers Win Paid Parental Leave

 WorkCover Inspectors Off the Road

 Mine Guards Shoot Own Workers

 Unions On Call For Working Young

 Activists Notebook

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�The ASU has seen a rise in these instances over the last year and is concerned that it is indicative of a general rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in the community,� ASU's Sally McManus

At the heart of this debate is the question of the very nature of work and whether it exists separate to or integrated with the rest of one�s life.

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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.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Who Is Farmhand?
 Direct Voting Rights
 Iraq is a Gobalisation Issue Too
 Letter to George Dubya
 WTO and Schools
 Casual Thought

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