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Issue No. 205 28 November 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Australia Deserves Better
You only have to scan through recent issues of Workers Online to see why the leadership of the ALP is so important – not to the political insiders who judge the beauty contest that is federal politics, but to the millions of workers who are affected by its output.

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.

N E W S

 Labour Hire Boosts Tech Wreck

 Call Centre Throws Safety Out the Door

 Miners Tackle Million Dollar Sidestep

 Bouquets for Bosses

 Mandarins Nail Carpenters

 BHP Burrow-ed By UN

 ACT Rejects Manslaughter Bullying

 No Joy for Fat Exec Packages

 WorkCover Walks Away From Racetrack

 Contractors Scramble Foxtel Signal

 Safety Derails Train Talks

 Sydney Uni Strikes At Feds

 Workers Up For Safety Awards

 Activists Notebook

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.

L E T T E R S
 Mad Monk’s Medicare Minus
 A Tale Of Three Cities
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Bouquets for Bosses


Disability support workers and rape crisis counsellors will refute allegations of violence, intimidation and vandalism by giving their accusers flowers and presents at a rally in Sydney on Thursday.

The community workers, amongst the lowest paid in the NSW workforce, have taken offence at suggestions from Employers First that their rally outside its Sussex St headquarters, this Thursday, will be characterised by illegal activities.

"The suggestion is offensive," ASU executive president Sally McManus said. "Community workers have been at the forefront of the argument for non-violent methods of conflict resolution for years."

NSW community workers will get the $17 weekly increase mandated by the IRC full bench, from December 6, after being forced into an expensive legal defence by Employers First action.

The militant employer representatives have indicated they will continue to oppose automatic state wage case flow-ons to community workers unless they are prepared to trade off a range of conditions.

Employers First has already indicated it wants the following clawbacks in the Social and Community Services Award ...

- reduced job security by more use of casual and fixed term contracts

- extended hours on ordinary pay

- reducing penalty payments

- limiting the notice required to change rosters, and

- continuing to oppose living wage adjustments

ASU delegates have responded by setting a goal of having their SACS Award provide equivalent wages and conditions to comparable public sector agreements within five years.

Community sector workers say they will hand out carnations and "small Christmas gifts" to anyone from Employers First who bothers to listen to their arguments when they gather to oppose the organisation's hardline industrial approach on Thursday.


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