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Issue No. 209 20 February 2004  

Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlovís 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
Workerís Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALPís 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 Australiaís 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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Trains Go Backwards
Claims that NSW rail services will be slashed long term were bolstered when Blue Mountainsí commuters were forced onto buses mid-week under the guise of mysterious trackwork.

State Rail officials today dodged claims that services were deliberately being run down in order to soften up the travelling public for permanent service cuts.  [full story]

Mum Canít Bank on Westpac
A phone call from Westpac Bank, eight days after the birth of baby son Hayden, tempered the Vandine familyís joy over their new arrival.

The Bank, boasting a 2003 profit of $2.1 billion, told branch manager, Linda Vandine, her jobshare position would not be available on her return from maternity leave. [full story]

Andrews Up for Hanke Panky
The man who spun us into the 1998 Waterfront crisis has resurfaced as press flak to the Coalitionís lowest profile Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews.

Peter Reithís former press secretary, Ian Hanke, has bobbed up on the payroll of Andrews, who is shepherding at least a dozen Bills, regarded as anti-worker by trade unionists, through Federal Parliament. [full story]

Riot Raises Safety Probe
NSW police have called for an independent WorkCover Inquiry into this weekís Redfern riots, amidst concerns that they were sent into the battle with inadequate equipment, training and numbers.

Police Association president Ian Ball says the Police Force should face criminal prosecution if WorkCover finds that the police officersí safety was ignored. [full story]

ABC of Solidarity
Top-rating comedians John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver are volunteering to take pay cuts to protect the producer of their cult radio show, This Sporting Life, from sweeping ABC cuts.

The stars, equally well known as Rampaging Roy Slaven and HG Nelson, made their stands after the ABC insisted on removing their producer of 17 years, Mark Kennedy, from Sunday shifts in a bid to save money. [full story]

"Shameful" Action Pays Dividends
A week of "shameful" industrial action has returned pay rises, job security and shorter working hours to hundreds of rural Victorian workers.

More than 1000 food and maintenance workers employed by SPC Ardmona in the Goulburn Valley stood firm to beat off "disappointing" company EBA offers, backed by the Liberal Partyís propoganda machine. [full story]


 Bum Rap for Bump Caps

 Strikers Tie Down Gas Project

 Heat Rises at Uni

 TeleTech's Dead Heart

 Tired Drivers Fight Hypocrisy

 Seven Days on a Leaking Boat

 Families Back Safety Calls

 Howard Pushes Pay Cut

 Activist's Notebook

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"It was a huge shock. If I wasn't having a baby I would still have my job. I really feel victimised and hurt," - Westpac mum Linda Vandine

To say that the regional network of trades and labour councils has been neglected is an understatement, like much regional infrastructure today many exist in name only.



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.

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.

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

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
 On the Road
 A Casual Affair
 Latham Is A Bad Man
 Congrats Johnny
 Tomís Bit

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