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Issue No. 227 02 July 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

A Place To Call Home
These days the Great Australian Dream is closer to a fantasy, where the chances of owning to your own home depend on either inheriting property or winning lottery.

F E A T U R E S

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, couldnít prepare him for the knock-down, drag-em-out world of modern IR.

Industrial: Seeing the Forest For The Wood
Proposals to flog off NSWís 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 wonít tell you about in Supersize Me.

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

N E W S

 NRMA Reverses Over Turnbull

 Privatisation Kills

 Crikey: Irwin Feeds Staff AWAs

 Nurses Telegraph Fight Back

 "Sexiest Man" Plays it Safe

 Eureka: Bug Swats Hadgkiss

 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 Whatís On!

C O L U M N S

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

L E T T E R S
 Letter From America
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Boss Goes Postal


Distributing union resignation forms, banning officials from workplaces, and bleeding opponents in the courts are new tools in Australia Postís industrial armoury.

The CEPU has accused managers in NSW of distributing "bundles" of blank resignation forms in workplaces, and posting allegations against officials on noticeboards,

The matter went before the AIRC where Australia Post undertood to stop managers distributing the forms..

CEPU state secretary Jim Metcher says management actions are a direct result worker attempts to secure a reasonable enterprise agreement.

"It's a direct result of union members engaging in protected action when there has not been industrial action for over 20 years,"said Metcher "we have a group of managers in NSW at the most senior level who have embarked on a targeted campaign against the union to reduce the membership."

"These senior executives at Australia Post would be better served using their energy and resources in running a proper postal service for the community."

In the meantime, a union meeting about suspicous white powder in the mail led to Victorian postal union head Joan Doyle being banned from Australia Post premises by the IRC.

Doyle claims management completely ignored the episode, and the union had to brief its members about the potential dangers and procedures for dealing with unidentified substances.

Management told the IRC, Doyle should be banned because she delivered cakes to a shop-steward and had arrived late for two workplace meetings.

The moves come amid a pay and conditions dispute between Australia Post and the CEPU.

Metcher estimates Australia Posts's legal costs for its case against Doyle would exceed $200,000.

Australia Post was the inaugural winner of the Tony Award for being Australia's worst employer.


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