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Issue No. 177 09 May 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Joining The Dots
ACTU secretary Greg Combet’s call for unions to develop a clear set of values to organise around on a broader social canvass is an important next step in the process of renewal.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Staying Alive
CPSU national secretary Adrian O'Connell talks about the fight to keep the public service - and the union movement - alive.

Bad Boss: The Ultimate Piss Off
Wollongong workers on poverty-level wages are losing up to $5000 for taking toilet breaks, according to the union representing staff at a Stellar call centre.

Industrial: Last Drinks
Jim Marr looks at the human cost of the decision to close Sydney’s Carlton United Brewery

National Focus: Around the States
If Tampa told us that John Howard circa 2003 is the same spotted rabid dog from 1987, this week’s assault on Medicare confirms it reports Noel Hester in this national round up.

Politics: Radical Surgery
Workers are vitally interested in Medicare, not least because they traded away wage rises to get it. Now, Jim Marr writes, the Coalition Government is tearing apart the 20-year-old social contract on which it was founded.

Education: The Price of Missing Out
University students and their families will pay more for their education following the May Budget, writes Tony Brown.

Legal: If At First You Don't Succeed
Love is wonderful the second time around, goes the famous torch song. But is the same true for legislation? Asks Ashley Crossland

History: Massive Attack
Labour historian Dr Lucy Taksa remembers the general strike of 1917 to put the recent anti-war marches into perspective

Culture: What's Right
Neale Towart looks at a new book that looks at the failings of the Left, while reasserting the liberal project

Review: If He Should Fall
Jim Marr caught Irish folk-rock-punk legend Shane MacGowan at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. He was surprised but not disappointed.

Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Through a distortion in the time-space continuum, we have found a recording showing how people a few years into the future will deal with health care.

Satire: IMF Ensures Iraq Institutes Market Based Looting
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to monitor the Iraqi economy to ensure that the reintroduction of looting into the economy conforms with free-market theory.

N E W S

 Combet Calls On Unions to Muscle Up

 HR Honours Death List Author

 Hotel Workers Trump Living Wage

 Abbott Brushes Security Concerns

 Rebates Thorn in Medicare Side

 Bosses Infected With SARS Hysteria

 Entitlements: Bargaining Chip Ploy Fails

 Nelson Plan Faces Higher Hurdle

 Public To Pay For Patrick Closure

 Airline Ratbags Bigger Than Texas

 Credibility Crisis for World Bank

 Acid on Billion Dollar Banks

 CSIRO Budget Fears

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
What May Day Means to Me
Reader Marlene McAlear penned this tribue to May Day and worker solidarity.

Solidarity
The Toast
Labor Council secretary John Robertson's toast to the annual May Day dinner in Sydney.

The Locker Room
The Numbers Game
In life there is lies, damned lies and sporting statistics, says Phil Doyle - but who’s counting.

Postcard
Brukman Evicted
ZNet's Marie Trigona reports from the streets of Argentina in the rundown to last week's presidential election.

Bosswatch
The Costs of Excess
Some tall business poppies had their heads lopped this week as the laws of economic gravity applied their always chaotic theory.

L E T T E R S
 The Workers Press
 Massive Attack
 Teamwork Tom
 Solidarity
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Letters to the Editor

Teamwork Tom


I have noticed that your prolific essayist of Trotskyist garbage Tom Collins has been absent from your publication since he was outed as a closet Commie.

We had assumed he had resumed his position in the political gutter, but our spies tell us that he is not as we suspected lying in his own opinionated vomit, bur rather cleaning it up from the streets of Sydney.

Is it possible, that his article on the Peter Principle was a self fulfilling prophesy and he has reached his real potential "An untouchable" , or is this political deviate still attempting to play Cat and Mouse with a live Rat?

How have we acquired this knowledge, we not unlike Sir Percy Blakeney, have our sources and use them wisely. This reject from the 'Reject Shop',or his 'Spitting' image, has been spotted in several city locations pushing the proverbial uphill with a Council Scavenger Broom.

Perhaps this doughwacker is too busy with his broom to continue scribbling his innate drivel , perhaps if he stuck the Broom up his ass and walked backwards he could contine writing?

David Penbury

Darlinghurst

PS: I hope this bludger is in the Union ?

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Dear Sir,

As a previous City of Sydney council employee and a committed Unionist I experienced a sense of satisfaction and a great deal of pleasure when at 10:00am on Friday 9 May 2003 I saw that insistently verbose and loquacious rat bag and class traitor Tom Collins sweeping the gutters of Stanley Street, East Sydney.

I can only hope that as a final act before moving from his position as Lord Mayor of Sydney Frank Sartor had his hand in tossing this traitorous and treacherous enemy of The Australian working class where he belongs, outside Sydney's brothels dwelling in the gutters with all the other rats.

Yours in fraternity,

Cameron Boyd


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