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Issue No. 214 26 March 2004  

The Security Shift
As the War on Terror spirals out of control, the political dynamics of security are starting to shift – and those banging thee drums of war may become the unlikely casualties.


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.


 Terrorism: Workers In Front Line

 ‘Racist Throwback’ on Rail Project

 Green Light for Council Code

 Underground Mines a Time Bomb

 Teachers Delete Email

 Bush Uses Burma Sweatshops

 Family Mourns Dead Worker

 Call Centre Shocker

 Bosses Touched Up With Wet Lettuce

 Andrews Throws Last Dice at CFMEU

 Smelter Contractors Clear Air

 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

 More On Green Bans
 But Will He Get the Trains To Run On Time?
 Uniting For Peace
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Smelter Contractors Clear Air

Contractors working at the Kurri Kurri hydro-aluminium smelter have secured the protection of an industrial award for the first time in the plant’s 35 year history.

The award, brokered by Labor Council of NSW, Newcastle Trades Hall Council, affiliated Unions and Contractors at the smelter, is the culmination of 12 months hard work.

Some of the benefits include the following:

(i) Wages: Grade A (base trades) rate set at $930 from 15th March 2004 followed by escalation of 2.5% on 15th September 2004, 15th March 2005 and 15th September 2005. Relativities above and below Grade A to be maintained.

- Superannuation: $80 per week from 15th March 2004, $85 from 15th March 2005, $90 from 15th March 2006 or, the SGL, which ever is the higher.

- Redundancy: $75 per week from 15th March 2004, $80 from 15th March 2005 and $85 from 15th March 2006.

- Income Protection: Contractors to provide Income Protection cover of up to $1200/21 day waiting period.

- Back Pay: All employees who have worked on the Project since 1st June 2003 shall be entitled to back pay calculated on the basis of $100 for each completed full week (Monday to Friday) worked on the Project. Pro-rata payments shall apply where less than a full week (Monday to Friday) has been worked on the basis of $20 per day.

- Hours: A 36-hour week to apply on and from 15 March 2006. This reduction in standard hours is partially offset by a 2.5% wage increase that would have been payable on 15th March 2006.


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