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Issue No. 209 20 February 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Regions To Be Cheerful
Rule changes endorsed by this weekís NSW Labor Council Annual General Meeting reorganising the South Coast Labor Council into as a regional branch council should not be under-estimated.

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 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.

N E W S

 Trains Go Backwards

 Mum Canít Bank on Westpac

 Andrews Up for Hanke Panky

 Riot Raises Safety Probe

 ABC of Solidarity

 "Shameful" Action Pays Dividends

 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

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.

L E T T E R S
 On the Road
 Bullying
 A Casual Affair
 Latham Is A Bad Man
 Congrats Johnny
 Tomís Bit
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Howard Pushes Pay Cut


Australiaís lowest paid workers are set to cop a real wage cut of $2.10 per week under a proposal supported by the Howard government.

The $10 a week wage rise proposed by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was compared with the $7 000 an hour spent by Howard in commuting from Sydney to Canberra by ALP Workplace Relations spokesperson Craig Emerson.

Emerson, addressing the NSW Labor Council's annual general meeting, pointed to Howard's excesses that included spending $15 000 on a wine consultant.

The Labor Council's annual gathering also presented seven 'Scrolls Of Honour' for 2004 to:

- Jim Brae from the Transport Workers Union

- Norm Rodgers from the Transport Workers Union

- Col Phillips from the transport workers unin

- Ted Purins from the Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union

- Terry Mawdsley from the Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union

- Ante Popovic from the Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union

- Bill Woolroidge from the electrical trades Union

The meeting also formally adopted the establishment of the South Coast Trades and Labor Council as a Regional Branch Council of the NSW Labor Council.

"The reason it hasn't happened before was because of the cold war hostility between north and south," says South Coast Trades and Labor Council Secretary Arthur Rorris "Without the whole process of de-factionalisation the whole process would not have been possible."

Labor Council Secretary John Robertson hailed the move and looked forward to rolling the model out to other regions in NSW.


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