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Issue No. 213 19 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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"Grubs" Derail Revolution
The "grubby" hand of Telstra has been fingered for nobody turning up when Foxtel fired the first shots in its $15 million "digital revolution", this week.

Representatives of striking Melbourne and Sydney technicians both caught a whiff of Australia’s largest company when Foxtel took a $400 a week interim payment off the negotiating table. [full story]

Blackouts Hit Sydney
Sydney is being plunged into darkness, suburb by suburb, as faulty substations blow up, showering debris up to 50 metres away and blacking out homes.

Electricians blame Energy Australia’s "penny pinching" for the "shocking" state of the network, and say dangerous incidents have already struck Paddington, St Peters, Chatswood and Milperra, warning of an Auckland style crisis unless maintenance is stepped up. [full story]

Pig-Out at Restaurant
Building workers and community supporters will defy threats of Supreme Court action to roast a pig outside a Newtown restaurant on Friday night.

The CFMEU is demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the owner of King St eatery, Safari, to make good on money owed to sub-contractors when his development company, Donmastry, hit the wall. [full story]

Smith’s Charity Begins At Work
Workers at The Smith Family will be forced into unpaid overtime and would lose all penalty rates for weekend and shift work under individual contracts being pushed by the charity.

They have called on workers who donate to the charity to suspend payments until the individual contracts are withdrawn. [full story]

Air Rage Set To Soar
Qantas staff who have been racially abused, spat on, punched and kicked are bracing for more of the same with the introduction of budget airline Jetstar.

Workers representatives suggest airline passengers used to more comfortable and flexible arrangements will react badly to restrictions imposed by the low-cost start-up. [full story]

Boxers Union Lands First Blow
It’s seconds out for the first official unionised boxing event, with The Joint Association of Boxers (JAB) stepping into the ring to defend American pugilists when they come up against heavyweight promoters like Don King.

Swedish giant Attila Levin will take on Jeremy Williams in a heavyweight bout on April 15 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom in the first all-union event in the sport’s history. Sixth ranked, Jameel "Big Time" McCline will appear in the co-feature. [full story]


 Drug Tests On Hold

 "Anarchy" Warning from Builders

 Burmese Generals at it Again

 Sugar: Sweet Taste of Survival

 Workers Endorse "User Pays"

 State Water, Forests Face Sell-Off

 Pirates and Ports for Classroom

 Activists What's On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Foxtel's flash new network was brought back to Earth when installation subbies brought a bit of Reality TV to the media giant.

Their shrill response belies the truth that the market-based argument of ‘user pays’ is compelling.



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
 Grubby Poseur
 Tom On Drink
 Howard Screws Vets

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