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Issue No. 212 12 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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Bring It On Costa
Michael Costa’s use of Howard Government laws that impose fines and imprisonment on striking workers threatens to destroy co-operation between political and industrial Labor in NSW.

Labor Council secretary John Robertson made that plain this week when he challenged his predecessor to "bring it on". [full story]

Dodgy Tests Cost Drivers
Discredited testing is being used to discipline state rail drivers despite management assurances this would not occur.

Doubts have been cast on Psychometric Testing, or PMT, by experts who studied the tests used by State Rail to measure driver abilities. [full story]

Peeking Dicks Roasted
Western Sydney hospitals sacrificed staff and patient safety in a "Keystone Cops" effort to entrap workers whose jobs it wanted to privatise.

That indictment was issued when the IRC ordered Western Sydney Area Health Service to reinstate and back pay nine security guards it dumped last year, in a defining Workplace Surveillance ruling. [full story]

Serial Killer Cops Fine
A roofing company has been fined $60,000 following the death of a construction worker, sparking calls for industrial manslaughter legislation to be introduced in Victoria.

"He should have been bloody hung," says the CFMEU’s Pat Preston. "We need to send the message home to employers who are serial killers, who don’t take into account their employees health and safety, that they will face hefty fines and gaol sentences." [full story]

Printers Defy Age
Melbourne’s Age newspaper is being accused of abusing both state police and its editorial power in a bid to dump 86 workers in defiance of an agreement it signed with their representatives.

Up to 80 Vic;torian police were assigned to protect John Fairfax Group property at Tullamarine while the publisher used the columns of its newspaper to promote its right to renege on an agreement, and criticise workers, unions and the Victorian Government for resisting. [full story]

Actors Bucket "Crap" Deal
Actor Anthony LaPaglia will walk the floors of the US Congress in a bid to stop "buckets of crap" being emptied on Australian viewers.

The MEAA warns that Federal Government has signed off on a deal that will give Australians a guarantee of only four percent of domestic product on pay TV, and a flood of US content will be the inevitable result. [full story]


 Burrow Lashes Independents

 Perth Loses Ugly Fight

 Ambos Bans -Free Rides

 Millions Rung Up on Telstra

 AWU Publishing Coup

 Deliveries Scratched

 Activists What's On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
MEAA members at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras make their feelings about the Australia-US Free Trade agreement well known.

You either accept a cooperative framework or you don’t and, by stepping outside the NSW industrial relations model when things get a little hard, Costa has delivered a free kick to the Howard Government.



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 Gough
 Seven Good Reasons To Save Medicare
 Naked Leading The Blind

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