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Issue No. 183 20 June 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

A Beautiful Set of Numbers?
In the coming week the NSW Government will hand down the first budget of its third term. Few things are certain in politics, but rest assured the budget will be characterised as ‘tough and responsible’.

F E A T U R E S

History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.

Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East

Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard’s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.

Safety: The Shocking Truth
It’s every power worker’s worst nightmare – and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.

Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.

History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.

Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU’s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.

International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there’s another side to the recent furore over Telstra’s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.

Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello’s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.

Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart’s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.

Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your ‘t’s, says Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song

Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.

N E W S

 Task Force Sleeps Through Killing

 Go To Gaol – Do Not Collect $500,000

 Green Pollie in Picket Blue

 D-Day for Media Diversity

 Putting Steel into Government’s Spine

 Fortnight in Killing Fields Anyone?

 Underpaid Worker Fights Deportation

 Truckies Deliver Death Watch

 Job Cuts Caught in Spill Cycle

 Mum Wins Family Friendly Hours

 Allianz Plans Bite the Dust

 Aussies Back Zimbabwe’s Gaoled Strikers

 Boral Faces Stadium Stoush

 Drought Claims More Jobs

 Bridge Chaos Looms

 Activist Notebook

C O L U M N S

Politics
It’s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.

The Soapbox
Grass Roots
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP’s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.

Media
Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream’s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.

The Locker Room
Location, Re-Location!
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle

L E T T E R S
 Questions for Cuba
 Is Beazley's Popularity a Winner?
 Rank Marchers
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Underpaid Worker Fights Deportation


Authorities are considering an urgent appeal to stay the deportation of a South Korean building worker owed tens of thousands of dollars by a state government contractor.

CFMEU secretary Andrew Ferguson lodged the appeal, arguing the man had been routinely "short-changed" during 12 years with Department of Housing contractor, Dennis Building.

"In the absence of any Federal Government sanction, we need to teach employers a lesson about using unlawful labour to undercut Australian wages. Wage claims are the only thing they seem to understand," he said.

"We have asked for a stay while we sort out wage and workers compensation claims."

Authorities moved to deport the man, who has languished in Villawood for the past 21 months, after he worked up the nerve to challenge his employer.

Encouraged by a $25,000 underpayment settlement with Dennis for another Korean employee, the detainee wrote to the CFMEU pleading for help with his case.

The letter from Villawood asked the union to secretly contact a former workmate, and permanent resident, who could confirm the detainee's employment details, but warned - "However, if other fellow know they will stop to meet you.

"Contact carefully ... please find out all the facts and help me."

Workers Online understands the Korean suffered serious eye and leg injuries during his time as a builder's labourer without attracting workers compensation payment.

Ferguson said the company's "predictable" first response had been to deny employing the man.

He warned that pickets, against both the contractor and Department of Housing, were being considered to highlight the issue.

Meanwhile, CFMEU pressure has won a $10,000 payout for the widow of a Korean building worker murdered earlier this year.

Ferguson said the company, operating in Sydney's ceramic tiling centre, hadn't made superannuation contributions, leaving the widow without financial support.

The union will hand over the cheque this week.


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