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Issue No. 193 29 August 2003  

Interview: The New Deal
US union leader Amy Dean expands on her agenda to give unions a real political voice

Unions: In the Line of Hire
Unions have lobbied and negotiated in a bid to stem casualisation and insecurity. Now, Jim Marr, writes they are seeking protection through a formal Test Case.

Culture: Too Cool for the Collective?
Young people are amongst the most vulnerable in the workforce. So why aren't they joining the union, asks Carly Knowles

International: The Domino Effect
An internal struggle in the biggest and strongest industrial union in Germany IG Metall has had a devastating wave effect across not just that country, but also the rest of Europe, writes Andrew Casey.

Industrial: A Spanner in the Works
Max Ogden looks at the vexed issue of Works Councils and the differing views within the union movement to them.

National Focus: Gathering of the Tribes
Achieving a fairer society and a better working life for employees from across Australia will be key themes at the ACTU's triennial Congress meeting later this month reports Noel Hester.

History: The Welcome Nazi Tourist
Rowan Cahill looks at the role Australia's conservatives played in supporting facism in the days before World War II.

Bad Boss: Domm, Domm Turn Around
Frank Sartor might have shot through but Robert Domm still calls the IR shots at Sydney City which pretty much explains why the council is this month’s Bad Boss nominee.

Poetry: Just Move On.
Visiting bard Maurie Fairfield brightens up our page with a ditty about little white lies.

Review: Reality Bites
The workers, united, may never be defeated but if recent episodes of Channel 10 drama The Secret Life Of Us are to be believed, this is not necessarily a good thing, writes Tara de Boehmler.

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Iranians Expelled Over Teen Affair
Shipping agents are playing dumb over the deportation of two Iranian flag of convenience seafarers understood to have been rumbled in Port Kembla with forged documentation.

Industry sources say the pair was sent home last week before the Maltese-flagged, Teen, arrived at Portland, Tasmania, where agents refused to allow an ITF inspection. [full story]

IR Promises Crash on Motorway
State Government has "gone to sleep at the wheel" on Sydney’s Western Orbital, allowing employment conditions indistinguishable from those being advocated by Federal Workplace Relations Minister, Tony Abbott.

CFMEU spokesman, Peter Zaboyak, made that claim as members of his union and the AWU voted for a series of rolling stoppages, beginning with a 48-hour walk-out this week, that will halt progress on the $1.7 billion project. [full story]

Telstra Pigs Out on Indian
Telstra joint venture, IBM GSA, is giving its workforce another dose of curry with plans to contract out 300 high-tech jobs to Indian-based contractors.

Industry insiders, on condition of anonymity, confirmed the Australian outfit, which has slashed jobs in recent years, had asked two Indian companies to contract for the work. [full story]

Teachers Fight Casual Attitude
TAFE teachers are accusing the NSW Labor Government of standing in the way of significant improvements to the lives of casual workers across the state.

Key Carr Government Minister, John Della Bosca, has announced his intention to intervene in a landmark Teachers Federation case that could deliver casual and part-time TAFE Teachers equality with their permanent colleagues.  [full story]

Superstars in EBA Showdown
Rugby League superstars Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Gorden Tallis and Trent Barrett will gather at NSW Labor Council on Wednesday to pass judgement on an NRL EBA offer.

The giants of the game have taken lead roles in RLPA demands to be cut into a stake in the professional sport and will be among 30-40 player delegates to consider the NRL’s latest offer. [full story]

Sink One with Billy
Billy Bragg, the man who lent his voice to the MUA during the War on the Waterfront, is in Australia next month and Workers Online readers will have the chance to pitch a song proposal to him over a beer.

We’re asking our readers to come up with concepts for a new workers’ anthem, with the winner given the opportunity to discuss their ideas with Bragg before one of his Sydney gigs. [full story]


 Abbott Asked to Consider Honesty

 Printer’s Win Drink Stink

 WorkCover To Take Robbery Seriously

 Power Blackouts Expose Jobs Shortage

 Qantas Woes Set To Soar

 Sports Workers Walk

 Bigger Money Player Equals Job Cuts

 Indonesian Human Rights Appeal

 Activists Notebook

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Workers Online offers readers a unique opportunity to pitch a song idea to activist musician Billy Bragg during his upcoming tour of Australia.

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The Soapbox
Fighting Words
Craig Emerson gave what could be the most spirited Labor spray in a decade to the NSW Labor Council this month. Here it is in all its venom.

Out of Their Class
Phil Bradley argues that Australia's education system should not be up for negotiation in the global trade talks.

The Locker Room
The ABC of Sport
Phil Doyle argues that the only way to end the corporate madness that is sport, is to give it all back to the ABC.

Locks, Stocks and Barrels
Union Aid Abroad's Peter Jennings updates on the situation in Burma, where the repression of democracy is going from bad to worse.

LETTERS to the Editor
 A Nice Letter
 Tom’s History Of The World
 Tony Is A Tool

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