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Issue No. 203 14 November 2003  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.

Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.

National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.

Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.

Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.

History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths

Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Hamberger Bad for Kids
Employment Advocate Jonathan Hamberger is using a company that went bust last month, denying redundancy to 60 percent of its staff, to sell AWAs to school kids.

Hamberger, whose office promotes the Federal Government’s workplace agenda, struck controversy this week when a teacher blew the whistle on his move to co-opt 2500 schools to the anti-union campaign. [full story]

BHP Faces UN Sanction
BHP’s enforced use of AWAs in the Pilbarra has left it in breach of commitments made to paint itself a good corporate citizen, the UN suggests.

BHP trumpeted its sign-off on the Global Compact and Global Reporting Initiative, devised by UN secretary general Kofi Annan, but received a letter from the world body, this week, indicating it had not met its obligations. [full story]

Hardie Shareholders Face Death
James Hardie Industries’ bid to keep asbestos disease sufferers, some carrying oxygen bottles, away from shareholders was foiled by sharp-eyed protesters in Sydney this week.

The company moved a shareholders meeting from the Marriott Hotel to its corporate headquarters but a dozen people dying of lung diseases tailed it to the new venue where they protested its bid to shift hundreds of millions of dollars of compensation liabilities onto the Australian taxpayer. [full story]

Road Workers Swing Left-Right Blows
Road workers, many tossed out of accommodation during a four-week strike, are muscling up to Abigroup under a revolutionary pact between traditional rivals, the CFMEU and AWU.

CFMEU organiser, Steve Dixon, credits the inter-union agreement with keeping together workers, paid around $300 a week less than standard industry rates.  [full story]

Joy Battles Goode at ANZ
Suburban branch manager Joy Buckland will target ANZ chairman Charles Goode in her board tilt, arguing that shareholders should not return a man who holds multiple company directorships.

Buckland will this week ask ANZ shareholders to send her proxy votes ahead of the December 19 Annual General Meeting, arguing Goode’s bid is contrary to good corporate governance. [full story]

Developers To Kick Transport Can
Property developers should contribute more to the costs of establishing public transport, if NSW is to avoid following the lead of California and become a society reliant on private vehicles.

The proposal to extend the use of Developer Contributions is one of the recommendations of a report into the future of public transport in NSW prepared by the Labor Council of NSW. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 ACTU Names Its Price

 Death By A Thousand Cuts

 Ban Holes Water Police Deal

 Cleaners Mop Up Contracts Mess

 Workers Entitlements Dumped

 Overtime Goes Bush

 Libs Push Lawyers Picnic

 Unions Set To Stand Up To Bullies

 Jack Thompson Headlines Launch

 Activists Notebook

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
"I was one of the lucky ones - a lot of the others don’t have jobs," Employment Advocate's AWA poster boy Justin Hill.

E D I T O R I A L
The message is loud and clear: NSW has a choice – a connected series of communities, with public investment and strategic planning; or a series of wastelands where the private motor vehicle is the only transport option.

MCADVOCATE

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz

Sport
The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.

Politics
The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.

Postcard
Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Burma Up In Smoke
 Super Solidarity
 Perils Of Pauline
 Put A PM On The Barbie
 Tom Holds Water

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