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Issue No. 227 02 July 2004  

Interview: Power and the Passion
ALP's star recruit Peter Garrett shares his views on unions, forests and being the Member for Wedding Cake Island

Unions: Tackling the Heavy Hitters
Tony Butterfield became a State of Origin gladiator at the unlikely age of 33. Even that, Jim Marr reports, couldn’t prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.

Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSW’s forests have raised eyebrows and temperatures amongst some of the key players reports Phil Doyle.

Housing: Home Truths
CFMEU national secretary John Sutton argues for a radical solution to the housing affordability crisis.

International: Boycott Busters
International unions have issued a new list of corporations breaching ILO sanctions to do business in Burma.

Economics: Ideology and Free Trade
The absurdities of neoclassical economic assumptions has never stood in the way of their being trotted out to justify profiteering and attacks on the rights of citizens. The AUSFTA is the latest rort we are supposed to swallow, writes Neale Towart.

History: Long Shadow of a Forgotten Man
Interest in JC Watson's short time as Labor's first Prime Minister should not detract from his more substantial role as Party leader, writes Mark Hearn

Review: Chewing the Fat
As debate rages in Australia about Fast Food advertising, Julianne Taverner takes a look at a side of the industry that Ronald McDonald won’t tell you about in Supersize Me.

Poetry: Dear John
Workers Online reader Rob Mullen shares some personal correspondence with our glorious leader.

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NRMA Reverses Over Turnbull
Corporate head kicker, Tony Stuart, has taken to rolling his own after failing to knock off the jobs of 420 AMWU members.

This week’s victim is Ross Turnbull, stood down as head of the NSW motoring organisation, NRMA, after brokering a settlement to a long-running industrial dispute, that thwarted Stuart’s contracting out agenda. [full story]

Privatisation Kills
The boss of a worker killed on a Wollongong construction site is one of eight people recommended for corruption charges by ICAC.

The ICAC investigation was launched after the Cole Royal Commission and the Building Industry Taskforce failed to address CFMEU allegations that "corrupt practices" were killing workers in the industry. [full story]

Crikey: Irwin Feeds Staff AWAs
Steve Irwin has been sprung dangling AWA’s in front of young workers at his North Queensland zoo.

The Zoo, an official AWA ambassador, has signed up its 450 staff to the non-union agreements which pay all staff equally from reptile keepers to labourers and have abolished penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work. [full story]

Nurses Telegraph Fight Back
Nurses at Campden and Campbelltown hospitals are being abused, threatened and spat on in public as they try to restore faith in their services.

They stopped work for three hours this week to appeal, over the media’s head, to Western Sydney people spooked by months of negative publicity. [full story]

"Sexiest Man" Plays it Safe
"One of the sexiest men alive", is part of a poster campaign to improve safety in the entertainment industry.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is turning to leading arts activists for it’s ‘Get Safe Now’ campaign in an effort to combat under reporting of injuries.  [full story]

Eureka: Bug Swats Hadgkiss
Building Industry Task Force boss, Nigel Hadgkiss, is ducking questions about a listening device found on a Melbourne construction site.

Three hundred building workers walked off Grocon’s Eureka Towers development after the bug was found in their shop steward’s shed. [full story]


 Macdonald Ponders Asbestos Blue

 Latham Gets Late Mail

 Murdoch Faces Discrimination Rap

 Boss Goes Postal

 Oberon Survives Bomb Threat

 Howard Out On CD

 Telstra Hangs Up On Staff

 Activists What’s On!

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The Westie Wing
As the NSW Labor Government sells its first budget deficit in nine years, the real concern for the union movement is the devil in the detail, especially when it comes to procurement agreements, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Rubber Bullets
Labor's IR spokesman Craig Emerson launches a few characteristic salvos across the Parliamentary chamber

The Locker Room
Tears After Bedtime
Phil Doyle says that it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye

Postcard from Vietnam
APHEDA's Hoang Thi Le Hang reports from the north of Vietnam on a project being fund by Australian unionists.,

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