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Issue No. 210 27 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

Siren Sounds on Asbestos "Scam"
Allegations that building materials giant, James Hardie Industries, has turned its back on tens of thousands of dying Australians will be tested by a high-powered Inquiry announced in Sydney this week.

NSW Premier Bob Carr bowed to vigorous union campaigning when he announced former federal court judge, David Jackson QC, would head an inquiry to be armed with Royal Commission powers into circumstances surrounding the failure of trusts established by James Hardie to inherit asbestos-related liabilities. [full story]

Youngsters Taken For A Ride
The company that pocketed $52.5 million to transform Sydney’s biggest youth attraction into an industrial park is denying redundancy to hundreds of young employees.

Wonderland boss, Steven Galbraithe, whose car boasts the personalised plate CEO 1, has rejected any form of severance payment for 200 predominantly young western Sydney employees who kept the amusement park ticking over. [full story]

Costello Necks Young and Old
Federal Treasurer Peter Costello’s landmark speech on superannuation is being lashed as "camouflage" for a declaration of war on blue and pink collar Australians.

ALP front bencher Wayne Swan told NSW Labor Council Costello’s rhetoric about choice for older Australians was the flip side of a commitment to force hundreds of thousands of disability pensioners back into the workforce.  [full story]

CFMEU Backs Redfern Jobs
Youngsters from Redfern and Waterloo will fill most of the 22 positions on the CFMEU’s next eight-week Aboriginal construction skills training program at Lidcombe TAFE.

The initiative is part of the union’s "Jobs Not Batons" strategy to support families in the troubled suburbs. [full story]

Della to Save Christmas?
NSW workers will be dudded two public holidays this year, if Commerce Minister John Della Bosca does not step in to save the Christmas and New years holidays.

The problem is that both days fall on weekends this year, meaning workers would miss the holiday loading because they were not rostered to work on those days. [full story]

Time for Global Zone Out
A major review of the effects of globalisation by the International Labour Organisation has targeted lawless Export Processing Zones as a hotbed of misery and exploitation.

The ground-breaking report by the ILO’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation 'A Fair Globalisation’ brings together the views of unions, employers and governments to warn the benefits of economic change are unevenly spread. [full story]

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Wonderland's self-proclaimed CEO No 1 is accused of "rorting" casualisation to deny hundreds of youngsters redundancy or severance pay.

E D I T O R I A L
The Howard Government’s response to Australia’s aging population - to make them work longer and harder – is a small minded response to a mind-blowing problem, a perversion of the discipline of demography.

WORK SLEEP DEATH

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
 We Make Mistakes
 Taking The Piss
 Dear Mark
 Tom Goes Off I
 Tom Goes Off II

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