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Issue No. 213 19 March 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

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

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 "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!

C O L U M N S

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.

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

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

Postcard
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

L E T T E R S
 Grubby Poseur
 Militancy
 Tom On Drink
 Howard Screws Vets
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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.

One worker had a passenger follow her to the toilets and try to assault her after she failed to provide a window seat, while a Melbourne colleague has described abuse as an everyday occurrence in the baggage services area.

"We are expecting we are going to cop that," says Linda White, assistant federal secretary Australian Services Union (ASU). "Qantas employees are expecting unhappy passengers because of the fairly strict conditions in Jetstar."

"We are expecting air rage to go through the roof."

The issue of increased air-rage because of Jetstar was a big talking point amongst airport workers at meetings across the country, according to White.

"We have demanded that Qantas deal with us on this issue," says White. "The procedures they have in place are not good enough to deal with this problem."

Qantas' response has been to notify a dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission.

The ASU has a website on Air Rage, including the results of its national survey on the effects of air rage on airport staff. ASU members report being grabbed by the throat, having briefcases and mobile phones thrown at them

The site can be visited at www.zeroairage.com.au


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