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Issue No. 229 16 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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Noose Tightens on James Hardie
Dying Australians could sue James Hardie overseas, under a radical proposal to stop its billion dollar bid to duck justice.

The IMF (International Metalworkers Federation) is expected to help block escape routes for the one-time blue chip by lobbying Governments in Europe and the US to negotiate legal treaties with Australia. [full story]

‘Payback’ in Mildura
Nigel Hadgkiss’ Building Industry Taskforce wants a 22-year veteran of the Australian Army fined $2000 for actions that resulted in a construction company paying money owed to Mildura workers.

Peter McLean has been charged with breaching the dispute resolution procedure in the Victorian Building Industry Agreement, months after Hadgkiss told Senate Estimates his organisation did not pursue employers for award breaches. [full story]

Beware of Expensive Imitations
A publication that routinely pinches material off Workers Online, without payment or attribution, is threatening copyright action against anyone who reads its newsletter without coughing up $600.

Occupational Health & Safety Daily News, a division of Prahan-based Electronic News Group Pty Ltd, is threatening legal action against anyone who uses, reads or transmits its OH&S sheet, without paying for the privilege. [full story]

Death Law on Tassie Books
The death of a 16-year-old at a meatworks involved in Tasmania’s longest industrial dispute has led to shock claims that Industrial manslaughter laws already exist in the state.

Matthew Hudson, who was not being paid for his work, was killed when a forklift he was driving collapsed on him at Blue Ribbon meats.  [full story]

Boss Goes Off Prematurely
Attempts to penalise a woman for giving birth prematurely and gloating over the sacking of two non-unionists have set Australia Post up for a record-breaking third consecutive Bad Boss nomination.

Australia Post carried off the inaugural Tony Award, struck to commemorate Tony Abbott’s support for poor employers, and copped a dishonourable mention last year. [full story]

Goats Clip Security
Federal Government is ordering security guards to get a shave.

According to AFP management, goatee beards and stud earrings, are banned from all federal sites immediately. [full story]


 Vale Frank Altoff

 Gnarly Break Hits FoC

 Forgecast Reneges on Millions

 Workmates Back Whistleblower

 "Thuggery" from AIDS Chiefs

 Keystone Cops In Timber Town

 Waste Work Binned

 Activists What’s On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Every time title-winning boxer, Brett Smith, steps through the ropes he carries the name of co-sponsor the CFMEU on his trunks. The union is backing the Sydney construction worker and has produced T-shirts for his enthusiastic supporters.

This is not just some bag-snatcher skipping town, it is the equivalent of a mass-murderer breaking out of jail – and yes, you do have to wonder about the wardens as security seemed pretty light at the time.

A Tool On His Own Merit


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.,

LETTERS to the Editor
 Supersize Hypocrisy

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