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Issue No. 208 13 February 2004  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlov’s Dogs.

Unions: While We Were Away
While Workers Online was washing sand from between its toes and enjoying an Indian summer at the cricket, there was a reality show chugging relentlessly away in the background, Jim Marr reports.

Politics: Follow the Leader
Worker’s Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALP’s Darling Harbour love-in and nearly drowns in treacle.

Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
The CFMEU has come up with a killer nomination to kick off our 2004 hunt for Australia’s worst employer.

Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
British academic, Kevin Doogan, sets the record straight on casualisation and warns unionists about the dangers of scoring an own goal

History: Worker Control Harco Style
Drew Cottle and Angela Keys ask if it's worth rememberinng the 1971 Harco work-in.

Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
The 1998 maritime dispute threatened to tear many a family apart but Katherine Thomson's Harbour tells the tale of at least one that it brought back together - albeit reluctantly, writes Tara de Boehmler.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Rail Safety Back On Track
Three days of "hell" have won Sydney commuters a safer rail system.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) has secured a Memorandum of Understanding with rail chiefs that for the first time sets correct staffing levels for drivers and guarantees jobs for those who fail to meet new health standards. [full story]

Commuter Headaches Continue
More chaos looms on Sydney’s beleaguered rail network as Transport Services Minister, Michael Costa, refuses to meet worker representatives over flaws in his controversial Transport Legislation Amendment Act.

As Costa patched up differences with train drivers last week, hundreds of maintenance workers angry about "gross inconsistencies" in drug and alcohol procedures flagged industrial action.  [full story]

Ban "Ruthless" Operators - Judge
A Victorian judge is calling on authorities to ban "ruthless" transport bosses who impose unreasonable deadlines on truck drivers.

County Court Judge Joe Gullaci made his stand in gaoling a truck driver after an accident that killed a western Victorian woman.  [full story]

Telstra Provokes Jobs Fight
Telstra plans to sell off another 1500 Aussie IT jobs to the lowest offshore bidder will be challenged at a rally outside its Melbourne headquarters, next week.

Exporting another raft of jobs is central to the telco’s plan to slash nearly $1 billion from its IT bill this year but the resistance of workers and community groups is certain to make the behaviour of Australia’s largest company a key issue in this year’s Federal election. [full story]

Taskforce Ignores Million Dollar Rorts
Tony Abbott’s Interim Building Industry Taskforce has washed its hands of tens of millions of dollars owed to construction workers, sparking another round of calls for it to be disbanded.

Confirmation that the Taskforce which aggressively pursues legal action against building workers, isn’t enforcing employer obligations, came in written answers supplied to the Senate by officials from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. [full story]

Musos Tune-Up for Election Rock
American rockers are defying threats and sanctions to join the campaign to roll George W. Bush at this year’s US presidential election.

Undaunted by costly retaliation against outfits like Jethro Tull and the Dixie Chicks, dozens of acts are adding their voices to the anti-Bush campaign. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Chubby Fingers in Timorese Pockets

 Postal Workers Wrap Boss

 Aussie Sites Doing the Business

 Feds Abandon Aged

 TAFE Stands Over Poor Students

 Round the World on Aid

 Activists Notebook

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"The ALP plays Follow The Leader as it was never much good at Simon Says."

E D I T O R I A L
Question marks over the bi-lateral Free Trade Agreement with the USA have only begun to scratch the surface.

DEAD TOOL WALKING

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Dog Whistlers, Spin Doctor and Us
John Menadue argues the "better angels" of the Australian character are having their wings ripped off by an ever-expanding group dedicating to keeping the public at arms length from our decision-makers.

Postcard
Something Fishy In Laos
Phillip Hazelton fishes around in Vientiane, Laos, and looks at the impact of Bird Flu on those relying on feathered friends for survival.

Sport
Magic Realism
Phil Doyle discovers that literature and sport may have more in common than you would think

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Trickle, flood or drought? Workers friend Ian West, MLC, is wet, wet, wet on the issue of bilateral Free Trade.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Reality TV
 TAFE Support
 State Of Confusion
 Scambuster
 History Lesson
 Generation Angst
 Give Them A Medal

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