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Issue No. 213 19 March 2004  

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While the ABS latest figures show union density is stable, behind the headline rate of 23 per cent lie some interesting trends.


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.


 "Grubs" Derail Revolution

 Blackouts Hit Sydney

 Pig-Out at Restaurant

 Smith’s Charity Begins At Work

 Air Rage Set To Soar

 Boxers Union Lands First Blow

 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!


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

 Grubby Poseur
 Tom On Drink
 Howard Screws Vets
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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.

Restauranteur, James Nazmi, has been unavailable to the CFMEU since Donmastry went belly-up last December, threatening the survival of several contractors working on a restaurant he was building in down-town George St.

The bricklayer, gyprocker and scaffolder from that site are owed $200,000 between them.

CFMEU secretary, Andrew Ferguson, said his members were "sick and tired of shonky operators" who wrote off significant debts while continuing to operate other businesses.

Activists mounted a two and a half hour protest outside Safari Restaurant, last Thursday, which won enthusiastic support from onlookers and passing motorists.

That action, however, provoked threats of legal action in the event of Nazmi's restaurant again being targeted. Management said Nazmi had gone to ground in Indonesia.

"We know the law and we will respect it," Ferguson said. "This bloke can keep running but we won't allow him to hide. He has threatened the survival of a number of honest contractors who employ our members, and all their families."

Ferguson is encouraging residents and supporters to join Friday night's protest which will be self-catered, courtesy of a spit roasted pig.

The CFMEU says Nazmi has been associated with a string of failed companies, including DH Exports and Imports, Dewdore, Donmastry, Fairway Design International, Paul Nazmi and Purete.


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