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Issue No. 186 11 July 2003  

Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.

Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.

Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.

Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.

Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.

Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.

Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.

Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack

International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.

Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown

Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk

Poetry: Downsized
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear

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Stop Thief: Shelf Company Owes Millions
A company with form has cost 70 Sydney production workers $2.5 million in super and entitlements, sparking calls for a major rewrite of company law.

Metro Shelf, the most public face of the Metro Group of Companies who manufacture supermarket supplies for the likes of Coles and Woolworths, went into administration yesterday, owing around $30 million to banks alone. [full story]

Axed Workers Take on Max
Sydney airport workers will stop work this week as a campaign builds against plans by Sydney Airport Corporation chief Max Moore Wilton to cut 40 percent of the workforce.

The workers will consider whether they will be able to meet the demands from the upcoming Rugby World Cup and call for details on how Moore-Wilton will gain personally from cutting 160 of the 400 jobs at the airport. [full story]

Seven Bowls Bouncer at Umpire
Channel Nine loyalist Shane Warne could learn a trick or two from the spinners at Seven, where they want to brush the industrial umpire in favour of adjudicating on their own appeals.

That claim is one of a number of Channel Seven demands behind the breakdown of EBA negotiations with the MEAA and CPSU, representing more than 1000 workers. [full story]

Smokescreen Clouds Morris McMahon Win
CFMEU chief John Sutton is being scapegoated to deflect attention from the Federal Government’s loss of face at Morris McMahon, according to Teachers Federation secretary, Barry Johnson.

As Morris McMahon workers celebrate their victory, unions are questioning the timing of the release of damaging video evidence from the picket line. [full story]

Rail Boss Locked In
Bathurst workers locked a Sydney-based CEO in their factory after he told them he could only spare an hour to try and resolve their fortnight-long strike.

Members of the AWU and AMWU slammed the gates behind EDI Rail CEO, Danny Board, in a bid to convince him he should stick around and deal with their grievances. [full story]

Actors To Be Paid Their Dues
Breakthroughs with two independent producers have boosted the campaign to lift wages for television and film actors above the weekly legal minimum.

The producers have indicated they will break ranks with a regime that sees actors receive as little as the daily rate of $164.23 even though they often need to be on call for weeks at a time.  [full story]


 Ruddock Urged to Block Immigration Scam

 Silicon Workers Seize Their Valley

 Wage Case Swings on Fare Go

 Fire, Pepper Spray all in a Day’s Work

 Taking It Up for Medicare

 Shelved Worker Fights Back

 Activists Notebook

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"I am sure it has not escaped anyone's attention that the article was published at the time when the dispute had been resolved in favour of the workers" - NSW Teachers Federation secretary Barry Johnson.

Yes, you can organise a single workplace, but until you change the broader context of work in a community you are never really going to improve your members’ lives.

Crash Landing


The Soapbox
Cleaning Up
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.

The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.

The Beach
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee

LETTERS to the Editor
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