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Issue No. 228 09 July 2004  
 
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, 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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Adecco in the Dock
The Workers Online article referring to "Adecco in the Dock" has been suspended pending litigation being finalised. [full story]

Chubb Faces Bullying Rap
A former Chubb Security Operations Manager claims years of bullying have left him a physical and emotional wreck.

John McPhilbin has come forward as the NSW Labor Council moves to campaign against the "nightmare" of workplace bullying. [full story]

Print Company Burns Staff
A Sydney company that refused to pitch into the fight against last year’s bushfires is out to slash workers earnings by up to $200 a week.

AMWU members at McPhersons Printing, Chullora, have voted to strike in support of casual workmates targeted for wage cuts and job losses. [full story]

Carr "Prefers" Americans
NSW Premier Bob Carr is being accused of selling out on state and federal Labor policy to give US workers and businesses "preference" over their Australian counterparts.

Unions are seeking an urgent meeting with Carr over his decision to sign off on Government Procurement Policy, included in John Howard’s US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, while Federal Labor is still wrestling with the implications for jobs and sovereignty. [full story]

Drug Cheats’ Eye off Olympics
It’s not just Olympic athletes pressured into taking drugs to enhance their performances, according to a Thai clothing worker.

Seamstress, Noi Pongkhwa, says workers in Asian sweatshops making the Nike and Reebok clothes athletes will wear in Athens also get on the gear – just to finish 20 hour working days. [full story]

Unions Crack Skull
The Carr Government has suffered an embarrassing loss to the union movement after the Labor Council trampled Carl Scully’s office in a pitched battle last week.

Not even the intervention of new ALP general secretary Mark Arbib, all too often controlling the ball for the Minister's office, could tip the argument from Sussex Street to Macquarie Street. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Howard Backs $7.30 Report

 MCG Vet Kicks Casual Goal

 Parking tickets Gonged

 Safety Meets Low Expectations

 Koori Building for Future

 "Super Sopper" Soaks Up Funds

 Kelly’s Figures go West

 Activists What’s On!

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E D I T O R I A L
Bi-lateral treaties are the ostrich approach to trade, with sweetheart deals the substitute for the harder work of establishing a fair global economy that delivers for all its players.

Septic Tool

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.,


LETTERS to the Editor
 History Left In The Back Of The Cab
 Libs have Got To Go
 A Boring Bastard
 A Home Of Their Own

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