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Issue No. 217 23 April 2004  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Terror Australis
The Howard Government has just discovered the nation's ports are a terrorist target. The International Transport Federation's Dean Summers has been warning them for years.

Unions: Graeme Beard's Second Dig
Hidden in the Australian Workers Union Sydney office is a mild-mannered industrial officer who once strutted the international cricket stage, writes Jim Marr.

Industrial: The Hell of Troy
On the basis of a couple of hours in the witness box, Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole described Troy Stratti as "credible". Six men who, together, have known the company director for the best part of 50 years beg to differ.

Organising: Miners Strike Gold
Traditional unions are rediscovering the power of grassroots organising. Paddy Gorman reports from the coal face.

Economics: The Accepted Wisdom
Evan Jones argues that economic policy making has been narrowed and rendered mechanistic and antiseptic.

History: Vicious Old Lady
Despite its Liberal leanings, the Sydney Morning Herald has never been shy of bashing unions, writes Neale Towart.

International: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Thailand must end its crackdown on Burmese fleeing rights abuses in their military-ruled homeland, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Review: War Unfogged
Want to go to war but not sure where to start? Look no further than Errol Morris' latest doco-drama for the definitive 11-step lesson plan, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: TAFE
A TAFE student struggling under the weight of fees shares his wordly wisdom

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L A T E S T   N E W S

"Slave Labour" in WA Revolt
Twenty five South African tradesmen walked off jobs across Western Australia, this week, after the AMWU blew the whistle on a massive immigration rort.

The boilermakes, pipe fitters and welders – earning as little as $11.45 an hour at Pt Hedland, Perth and Kalgoorlie – rallied in the WA capital, demanding Australian rates and relief from oppressive conditions tagged to their four-year immigration visas. [full story]

Vaile Orange – 200 Punted
Orange is being squeezed by a multi-national that pocketed $6 million taxpayer dollars before announcing the export of 200 blue collar jobs to China.

Sweden-based Electrolux dumped 200 workers, last week, two years after it promised a controversial out-sourcing program would protect jobs in the central west town. [full story]

Right Turn Ends in Court
Back to back legal defeats for NRMA executives have opened the way for two million NSW motorists to decide the future of their patrol officers.

The Supreme Court in Sydney last week ordered the motoring organisation to hold a special general meeting to consider resolutions forwarded by AMWU assistant state secretary, John Parkin, and more than 4000 others. [full story]

Premier on Track to Nowhere
Southern Highlands residents will have hours added to travel times and Murwillimbah will lose rail services altogether after the NSW Government reneged on a no-cuts promise.

The about-face came in Treasurer Michael Egan’s mini-budget, sparking angry communities to book a "protest train" that will arrive in Sydney on Thursday morning. [full story]

Bosses Unite Against Holidays
Employers, including state government departments, are "filibustering" efforts to deliver annual leave, sick pay and other basic entitlements to hundreds of thousands of people around NSW.

Unions NSW official, Chris Christodoulou, said the number of witnesses notified by employers meant there was "no way" the ground-breaking Secure Employment Test Case would be heard this year. [full story]

Miners Stand Up to "Bullies"
Miners are fighting attempts to "slash and burn" wages across the Western Australian coalfields.

Wesfarmers Premier Coal has taken its attack into "worker’s kitchens and bedrooms" by sending letters to their families stating its intention to "rip the heart out of conditions", according to unions. [full story]

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 Activists What’s On!

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May Day comes but once a year - people celebrate across the globe, including Springwood in the Blue Mountains, where historic banners will be unfurled.

E D I T O R I A L
For unions, the message is that anger is no longer enough – campaigns need to include realistic solutions

CASH FOR TOOL?

C O L U M N S

Postcard
A Voice for Peace
Palestinian trade union leader calls on militants to lay down their arms while the ICFTU protests harassment of Palestinian union leader.

The Soapbox
The Double Standard Bearers
Nicholas Way argues that when it comes to collective action, the Howard Government has different views depending on whether you are a unionist or a small business.

The Locker Room
The Fine Print
While the result mightn’t be everything, it does make the back of the newspaper more interesting, as Phil Doyle reports.

Politics
The Westie Wing
Ian West crunches the numbers in Macquarie Street and finds virtue in deficit.


LETTERS to the Editor
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