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Issue No. 158 25 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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Email Use Sparks Pay Claim
Teachers are planning a landmark pay claim to compensate them for the massive increase in workloads generated by emails.

The Independent Education Union says its members are being inundated with emails from parents and students, who expect near-immediate responses to their queries.  [full story]

Melbourne Cup Strike Threat
Australia’s premier racing event, the Melbourne Cup, faces industrial disruption as Tabcorp workers step up their campaign for job security.

This comes as hospitality workers in Victoria are considering a campaign of snap strikes in pubs, clubs and the Crown Casino on major race days - to show their anger with the Victorian Government's decision to back down on workplace smoking laws.  [full story]

10,000 Rally in Support of Kingham
Thousands of union members turned out to defend CFMEU Victorian secretary Martin Kingham and basic union rights at a rally in Melbourne.

More than 10,000 workers from a range of Victorian union cheered Kingham into the Melbourne Magistrates Court where he faced charges arising out of the Cole Royal Commission. [full story]

Negligent Bosses Labelled ‘Serial Killers’
The push for a national database of workplace deaths is gathering pace, with one union leader equating repeat employer offenders as the equivalent to ‘serial killers’.

Australian Workers Union national secretary Bill Shorten is writing to each Federal and State Government seeking contributions for a $1.5 million fund for the national coronial database.  [full story]

Ambulance Officers Win $6 Million Back-Pay
Ambulance officers have won a $6 million windfall from the Victorian Government after the Federal Court found the Government's Ambulance Services were liable for outstanding annual leave loading over the past six years.

The Victorian branch of the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU) launched the class action in the Federal Court in April against the Metropolitan Ambulance Service and Rural Ambulance Victoria for unpaid leave loading since 1996. [full story]

Strike Pay to Bali Appeal
CPSU members at Tony Abbott’s Department of Employment and Workplace Relations have called for the pay from their half-day strike to be donated to the victims of the Bali tragedy.

Staff, who have been locked in negotiations with DEWR management over a stalled EBA, last week deferred strike action after the events in Bali  [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Boral Bosses Bag Bulk Bucks

 Bid to Block New ACCC Chief

 Cuts Equals Profits for ANZ

 First Takers for 36-Hour Week

 IT Outsourcing Agencies Called To Account

 Pay to Work Spreads to Hornsby

 Howard Opens Waters to Rogue Ship

 Work a Suicide Factor

 Unis Drop RDO Assault

 Boxes of Books for Good Causes

 Activist Notebook

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Theyre Racing! Or Are They? Tabcorp members rallied outside the company's AGM this week, warning of strike action on Cup Day.

E D I T O R I A L
Cunningham is a wake-up call for both wings of the labour movement – the political wing is vulnerable without the support of the industrial wing; but so too does the industrial wing need a political voice.

Certified Liar

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
 Heaps of Bali Feedback
 Brooklyn Phil Says ...
 Here Comes the WTO
 From Little Finks ...
 The Mouth From the South!
 Ushering the Rusted Shield
 Echoes of DLP

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