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Interview: The Wet One
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Unions: Demolition Derby
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Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
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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.
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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I Walk The Line
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Month In Review
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
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Boral Bosses Bag Bulk Bucks
Boral Chief Executive Rod Pearse has received a pay rise of 75% over three years, while concrete truck drivers with twenty to thirty years service with the company are being terminated without notice.
The company's actions prompted workers to attend the Boral AGM to highlight their concerns to the Board and shareholders. They were supported by a rally of unionists outside the meeting.
"Mr Pearse's company has been responsible for causing nothing but hardship and havoc for hundreds of Boral employees and truck owner drivers across NSW and the ACT," says TWU state Secretary Tony Sheldon.
"The company has recently restructured drivers costs by up to 30%. Most recently the company decided to terminate 30 owner-drivers in Canberra without meeting any redundancy entitlements or taking into account their years of service."
This comes on the back of Boral attempts to sack 70 small businesses owner-drivers across NSW without adequate compensation.
"Hundreds of TWU Members and their families want to make sure Boral Management put a stop to jeopardizing their future and the future of their company," says Sheldon.
Dudley Willard, a delegate from the Concrete section of the TWU, fears that upcoming contract negotiations with Boral will be "cruel and mean".
He supported the union's push to make itself heard at the AGM and hoped that the TWU might be able to "pull an NRMA or something" in the future.
"We're just normal owner drivers," says Willard. "You see us on the road all the time. We just hope we can negotiate in a plausible way."
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