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Issue No. 184 27 June 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

To the Victors The Spoils
Revelations that private American lawyers, rather than the ILO, will rewrite the labour laws of countries levelled by the American military vindicate the warnings of those concerned by US unilateralism.

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, Howardís 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
Itís every power workerís worst nightmare Ė 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 NTEUís Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.

International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues thereís another side to the recent furore over Telstraís use of cheap Indian IT contractors.

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

Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstartís 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 Ďtís, 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

 Rail Chaos Looms

 Electrolux Blows Fuse at Fundraiser

 ACM Loosens Handcuff on Democracy

 Sick Call on Mumís Job

 Now For Industrial Shock and Awe

 Brian Miller Ė Working Class Hero

 Dynamite: Howard Handout for Rorters

 Family Case to Nurture Mothers

 Militants Lock Out Another 600

 Tipping the Turtle Ė Fijian Style

 Carr Goes Private

 Wages Blemish Sound Budget

 Westie Takes On Westfield ĎHypocrisyí

 Eleventh Hour Reprieve for Women's Centre

 Activist Notebook

C O L U M N S

Politics
Itís 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 ALPís union links are nothing to be ashamed of.

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

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

L E T T E R S
 In Defence of Cuba
 The Story in General
 Thinking of America
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Sick Call on Mumís Job


A Tamworth community worker has been sacked and abused for answering an emergency call from her daughterís school.

The ASU has demanded the immediate reinstatement of permanent part-timer, Megan Carberry, sacked by Tamworth Challenge Disability Services CEO Barry Murphy today for responding to a messagebank call from Oxley High School, urging her to pick up her daughter.

Carberry received her supervisor's permission to respond to the call but was verbally abused and dismissed by Murphy, in front of colleagues and intellectually disabled clients, according to the union.

"I was told that answering the emergency (messagebank) call breached management's direction that it was to receive emergency calls from the school on my behalf," Carberry said.

"I was still in shock for being sacked over this when the CEO took it upon himself to personally remove me from my workplace, using the most foul and abusive language."

Carberry said she had only recently started using messagebank after being informed by Oxley High that it's principal had an obligation to personally alert parents when a child was sick.

"The principal knows that my daughter needs to have medicine administered at certain times and has to alert me personally, especially if there's a problem. I knew that picking up a mobile call from the school would get me in trouble, so I've been relying on messagebank. I'm deeply shocked to be sacked for simply answering a distress call," she said.

ASU Executive President Sally McManus says the union has notified the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and is seeking a public apology as well as immediate reinstatement.

"Sacking a single mother for responding to a call about a sick child would have to be the worst, most un-Australian act of bastardry a union could come across," McManus said.


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