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Issue No. 201 31 October 2003  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: No Ifs, No Butts
Rugby League Professionals Association president Tony Butterfield on his battle to deliver a collective agreement for NRL players.

Unions: National Focus
In this month’s national wrap: Noel Hester meets a heavy hitter talking up open source unionism, truckies front the suits at Boral’s AGM, tales of corporate bastardry and Medicare birthday revelry.

Industrial: Fools Gold
Unions have thrashed out a string of protocols with the NSW Labor Government. Some, now, are questioning whether they are worth the cheap, imported paper they are written on, reports Jim Marr.

Bad Boss: Bones of Contention
Byron Bay chicken boners have nominated thier boss for a Tony after seeing their entitlements plucked.

History: The Gong Show
In late September the South Coast Labour Council (SCLC) celebrated 75 unbroken years championing the rights of workers in the coastal Illawarra region 80 kilometres south of Sydney, writes Rowan Cahill.

Politics: The Hawke Legacy
The election of the Hawke Labor government twenty years ago holds some salient lessons for today’s Labor Party, writes Troy Bramston.

International: Sick Nation
As Australia celebrates 20 years of Medicare’s universal health coverage the crisis facing American workers in need of medical care is a useful reminder of what we’ve got – and what we stand, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Closed Minds
Philip Mendes looks at the political influence of right-wing think tanks, their financial backing and asks why the left hasn’t been able to get its ideas out there.

Review: Mixing Pop and Politics
He's had relations, with girls from many nations... but Billy Bragg seems to like us Aussies as much or even more than any of the others, writes Pádraig Collins.

Poetry: One Size Fits All
There once was a man from the Lodge - Who tried hard, our poems, to dodge... Resident bard David Peetz is back!

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L A T E S T   N E W S

It's Official - Life Worth $1800
The Tamworth roofer, said to have dodged 90 percent of the OH&S fine levied over the death of Dean McGoldrick, has two homes and drives around town in a Ford LTD, according to bereaved Mum, Robin McGoldrick.

Mrs McGoldrick said her family was "shattered" to learn the businessman had paid only $1800 of the $20,000 fine imposed over her son’s fatal fall from a Broadway, Sydney, building site. [full story]

Bank Fesses-Up on Robbery
When armed robbers burst into the ANZ’s Brookvale branch on Monday, June 17, 2002, they were able to terrorise staff because the billion dollar company had ignored repeated security warnings, a court has heard.

The ANZ pleaded guilty in the NSW IRC, in court session, to failing to secure the health, safety and welfare of Brookvale employees and faces the prospect of a six-figure fine. [full story]

Corrigan Straddles Robot
Patrick boss, Chris Corrigan, is ideologically wedded to badly-behaved robots, according to Brisbane wharfies.

Revolutionary robot straddle cranes, championed internationally by Corrigan, have been implicated in at least two embarrassing behind-the-sheds incidents at Fisherman Islands Berth 7.  [full story]

Striking Guards Beat Chubb
Two Chubb Security Guards, sacked after walking off the job during a three-year campaign to improve "Third World" conditions at Newcastle railway station, have won an unfair dismissal case.

Amenities for more than 20 security guards consisted of a bus shelter with a public toilet attached. Their drinking fountain was often urinated in, and the area was littered with syringes and beer bottles, leading to workers declaring the situation to be a health and safety risk. [full story]

Killer Company Cuts And Runs
Construction giant James Hardie Industries wants to wash its hands of up to 42 000 Australians expected to die from asbestos related diseases by 2020.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) secretary Paul Bastian has lashed the move to shift the obligation onto NSW taxpayers as "an act of corporate bastardry". [full story]

Call Centre Loses Its Sensis
The Telstra veil dropped this week when off-shoot Sensis told staff it was "delighted" it didn’t have to bargain with their representatives in "good faith".

The call centre-advertising operation, employing 2200 Australians, made the extraordinary admission in a bulletin from national employee relations manager, Ray Harris, to all employees. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Greens Set to Bowl Workers’ Homes

 The RSL With No Beer

 Law Rewritten To Get Workers’ Cash

 Pressures Lead To Truckie Deaths

 Soup Kitchen Signals Bleak Future For TAFE

 Art For Workers Sake

 Carr Sweeps Cleaners Off Their Feet

 Activists Notebook

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Thousands march on State Parliament to ensure 16 year old Joel Exner and hundreds of other workers do not die in vain.

E D I T O R I A L
To argue that there should not be criminal sanctions for workplace deaths is to argue that workers are somehow worth less than other people.

HEIL BRANDIS

C O L U M N S

Postcard
North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.

The Soapbox
The $140 Million Patriot
It would be hard to imagine a steeper slide from hero to zero than the experience of Richard Grasso, the now-deposed head of the New York Stock Exchange. writes Jim Stanford.

Media
Bush's Bad News Blues
The Bush Administration is cooking up a new campaign 'to shine light on progress made in Iraq', writes Bill Berkowitz.

The Locker Room
A Tale Of One City
Phil Doyle gazes into the crystal ball for signs of life, and finds that somewhere the horses are running in the wrong direction.

Culture
With Banners Furled
There is no better account of the glory that was the annual Labour Day marches than that given by Kylie Tennant in Foveaux, her fictional account of life in inner Sydney in 1912, the year she was born.

Politics
The Westie Wing
Our favourite Macquarie Street MP, Ian West MLC, reports on the world of NSW politics.

Postcard
The Cancun Wash-Up
The dramatic collapse of the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, last month has been followed by a deafening quiet from Geneva, Brussels and Washington, writes Peter Murphy.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Child Labor
 Industrial Manslaughter
 The Miracle Of Tom

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