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Issue No. 167 21 February 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Scales of Injustice
The Cole Royal Commission’s final report will be handed to the Howard Government this week, although its public release will be strategically delayed for maximum political capital.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Agenda 2003
ACTU secretary Greg Combet looks at the year ahead and how a union movement can keep the focus on the workplace at a time of global crisis.

Peace: The Colour Purple
Local communities across Australia are taking stands against war by displaying purple banners. Jim Marr visits one.

Industrial: Long, Hot Summer
As Workers Online took its annual break, the world kept turning – at an increasingly alarming velocity.

Solidarity: Workers Against War
Joann Wypijewski reports on how union locals in the USA are fighting the hounds of war at home.

Security: Howard And The Hoodlums
With all the talk of terror, the Howard Government’s Achilles heel is its tolerance of Flags of Convenience shipping , writes Rowan Cahill

International: Industrial Warfare
Scottish freight train drivers have already acted to disrupt the war effort in the UK with crews of four freight trains carrying war supplies to ports walking off the job, writes Andrew Casey

History: Unions and the Vietnam War
The Vietnam experience steered some unions towards social activism for the first time. Unions are today key players in the anti-war movement, writes Tony Duras.

Review: Eight Miles to Mowtown
Mark Hebblewhites looks at two summer movies that tap into different sounds of American culture - white boy rap and motown blues.

Poetry: Return To Sender
Resident bard Divd Peetz discovers that Elvis has become the latest shock recruit to the peace cause.

Satire: CIA Recruits New Intake of Future Enemies
CIA Director George Tenet announced today that the agency has begun recruiting future enemies for the year 2014.

N E W S

 Cole Commission: The Rort Goes On

 Penalty Rates Under Attack

 Abbott Brushes Ripped Off Aussies

 Overworked Seaman’s Painful Hangover

 Australia Snubs International Body

 Women Attracted to Unions

 Murdoch Hacks Dropping Like Flies

 Peace is Union Business

 Qantas Takes Big Stick to Cabin Crew

 Sheltered Workshop in Orange Squeeze

 Carr Govt Commits $13m To Safety

 Monk Puts IR in Test Tube

 Concreters Bury Six-Day Week

 Graincorp Boss in Cyber War

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Getting On with The Job
Premier Bob Carr chose Trades Hall as the venue to launch Labor's IR policy for the upcoming state election.

Postcard
Justice in Bogota
Sydney lawyer Ian Latham knows how to pick them. He’s gone straight from the Cole Royal Commission to justice Colombian-style.

The Locker Room
Heart Of Darkness
There is a school of thought that there is, in fact, only one World Cup - and it doesn’t involve cricket, writes Phil Doyle.

Politics
Danger Mouse
John Howard's politics have trapped him into supporting an unpopular war. He is in political trouble, Leonie Bronstein argues.

L E T T E R S
 This Means War
 Who Let The Troops Out?
 Wagga Wagga Calling
 Ode to Johnny
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Concreters Bury Six-Day Week


A two-day strike has thwarted a Hunter Valley concrete company’s attempt to force a family man to work six days a week.

Thirty five angry truck drivers, loader drivers and mechanics walked out after Hymix Concrete insisted that a loader driver add Saturdays to a week that already averaged 55 hours.

The 35 TWU members picketed the company's four concrete plants, sand plant, quarry and workshop, after the company turned down their offer to re-work rosters its weekend requirements were met.

The 49-year-old at the centre of the dispute was reinstated after a "strong" IRC recommendation that he should be allowed to return to his job at Hymix's Belmonth North sand mine.

The ACTU highlighted the case as part of its "reasonable hours" campaign, designed to win legislative endorsement backing for more family-friendly work arrangements.

TWU organiser, Mark Crossdale, said the man, who was trying to get his family life back in order after a recent separation, had drawn the line at adding Saturdays to his roster.

"This guy just said enough. It's not as though work wasn't a priority. He was doing 11-hours a day while trying to stay a father to his children but he wasn't prepared to sacrifice everything," Crossdale said.

"He was prepared to make a stand and the other blokes didn't hesitate to back him up. Some of them were casuals and the permanents voted to support them if there were any repercussions. They deserve to be congratulated."


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