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Issue No. 211 05 March 2004  

Interview: Baby Bust
Labor's Wayne Swan argues that the plight of our aging workforce is only one side of our demographic dilemma.

Safety: Dust To Dust
Failure by authorities to police safety in the asbestos removal industry is threatening the lives of members of the public, writes Phil Doyle.

Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
Delegates from print shops around Sydney will publicly shame this month’s Bad Boss nominee with a rally outside his new Alexandria operation next Thursday.

National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
Noel Hester reports on a spin doctors' talkfest, workplace pain, stroppy teachers and IWD party time in the national wrap.

International: Bulk Bullies
An extraordinary five month struggle over affordable health care, by nearly 70,000 Californian supermarket workers, has just come to an end, writes Andrew Casey.

History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Green Bans saved a piece of bush before they saved much of the Sydney’s built environment, writes Neale Towart

Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Tim Anderson reveals Australia’s second betrayal Of East Timor is playing out before our eyes.

Review: The Art Of Work
Workers and westies are being celebrated as the cultural icons they are thanks to two Sydney exhibitions reminding us there is a world of art in the everyday, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Wondering where the next porkie is going to come from? Resident bard David Peetz knows.

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Taskforce "Disgraced" in Court
John Howard’s Building Industry Taskforce has been rapped over the knuckles by a District Court judge after failing with 35 of 36 prosecutions in its latest assault on the CFMEU.

Union secretary, Andrew Ferguson, said the Taskforce, headed by controversial former federal police officer Nigel Hadgkiss, had been "disgraced" by criticisms leveled by Judge Hughes in the NSW District Court. [full story]

Students Take $10,000 Trim
TAFE hair dressing students are being charged up to $10,000 a course because the State Government took its scissors to the education budget.

North Coast TAFE is applying the five-figure slug to pay for positions additional to those funded by the state government, according to the NSW Teachers Federation. [full story]

Truckers Lose Way With GPS
Four truck drivers lost their lives on NSW Roads in the same week that industry operators proposed watering safety regulations.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has slammed Australian Trucking Association proposals for greater flexibility and the right to carry heavier loads, in return for the voluntary installation of GPS tracking devices. [full story]

Jockeys Down by Width of Strait
One month out from the Hobart Cup, Tasmania jockeys have given state racing bosses four weeks to respond to pay claims that would take them closer to the earnings of mainland counterparts.

"These blokes don’t expect Randwick rates, but the gap at the moment is bigger than Bass Strait," AWU secretary, Bill Shorten said.  [full story]

Treasury Loses Sight of Trees
NSW Treasury has shifted its attention from commuter services to state pine forests, sparking fears for regional timber towns like Tumut, Oberon, Bombala and Tumbarumba.

CFMEU forestry division secretary, Craig Smith, confimed privatisation was a "definite threat" after state government handed investment bankers ABN Amro the task of examining "options" for the future management of publicly-owned forests. [full story]

Athens Built on Sweat
Labor rights are under the global spotlight in the lead-up to the Athens Olympics, with a report charging major sportswear companies with union-busting.

The ‘Play Fair’ campaign, spearheaded by Oxfam and Global Unions, calls on the International Olympic Committee to force sportswear companies such as Fila, Puma, Umbro, Asics and Mizuno to clean up their acts.  [full story]


 Signing Away Safety

 Fallen Formworker Critical

 Stop or You’ll Stay Blind

 Bracks Spin Machine Towels Nurses

 Trade Deal Fuzzy on Content

 Good Will Still Hunting on Rail

 Developer "Monsters" Safety Cop

 Day Off for May Day

 Activists What's On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
"How can the Howard Government spend tens of millions of dollars on a vindictive campaign against working people when there aren't enough bulk-billing doctors?" - Mark Latham dons a hard hat.

It’s a sorry world where the politics of fear is such a potent tool; the next 12 months will truly be a test of our better instincts.



The Soapbox
Iraq and Your Mortgage
How high interest rates go will be a key issue in 2004 and if you are looking for a clue, there's no better place to look than the war in Iraq, writes Michael Rafferty.

Hang Onto the Day Job
Show someone else the money, says Phil Doyle.

Westie Wing
Ian West shows why Eveleigh Street’s not so far away from Macquarie Street

Don’t Give Up the Fight
Get Up, Stand Up is the logo of choice on a popular range of subversive condoms. Ken Davis from Union Aid Abroad reports from Zimbabwe’s second city

LETTERS to the Editor
 Bring Back Bulk Billing
 Crucifying Refugees
 Saving The Planet

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