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Issue No. 229 16 July 2004  

The Sins of Our Fathers
The James Hardie story unfolding before the NSW Government Commission of Inquiry is not about business, it is not about politics, it is not even about the law.


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.


 Noose Tightens on James Hardie

 ‘Payback’ in Mildura

 Beware of Expensive Imitations

 Death Law on Tassie Books

 Boss Goes Off Prematurely

 Goats Clip Security

 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!


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.,

 Supersize Hypocrisy
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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.

OH&S News warns freeloaders will be tracked and referred to its "Data Protection Unit (DPU)".

"The policy of the publisher is that all breaches must be remedied," it says.

"Only the paying subscriber is entitled to read/use any part of this Bulletin. Any transgressions detected will result in an invoice of $599 for each and every breach."

It promises to pursue every invoice through the courts and, if necessary, to wind up companies or bankrupt individuals.

The copyright warning was issued less than a year after OH & S Daily News failed to respond to a request from Workers Online that it attribute articles pinched directly from our web pages.

It's not like it took the hint and quietly ceased passing off our work as its own. On Monday, July 12, the two top articles presented to "privileged clients", came from the previous Friday's Workers Online.

Attempts to speak with OH & S News boss, Ann Crowley, were unsuccessful which was a shame because we wanted to ask her ...

- if her staff writes any of the newsletter themselves?

- how much of each $599 payment would be returned to Workers Online or other "original" sources, such as our much-pillaged sister publication, Union Safe?

- if she feels embarrassed by her company's assertion that "breach of copyright is theft"?

Spot the Difference

Here is the lead article from OH & S Daily News of July 12:

"SYDNEY:A former Chubb Security Operations Manager claims years of bullying has 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.In 2000 McPhilbin was allocated to Chubb 's "Project Phoenix " where he was denied appropriate pay or performance reviews for over two years.

"A Chubb internal investigation supported Mr McPhilbin 's claims that that the company had acted inappropriately,describing the company 's conduct as "less than satisfactory ".

"The harassment came to a head in August 2003 when McPhilbin was forced to take sick leave and,despite numerous requests for an anti-bullying program to be implemented,was finally sacked by Chubb in February of this year.

Medical experts have backed McPhilbin 's claims of the physical and emotional impairment resulting from his prolonged exposure to a hostile workplace.

And here's their second article:

"BRISBANE:Labour hire giant Adecco faces accusations of unfair dismissal,discrimination, sexual harassment,safety shortcomings,sacking a worker with epilepsy,and losing $480,000 through management incompetence.The claims are contained in actions against the Swiss-

based multi-national being tested in separate Queensland jurisdictions.

"Gladstone branch manager Brian Robertson,says the company rejected his argument the man should have been transferred to light duties.

"Mr Robertson alleges problems with his employer began when he was informed by Workcover Adecco could be in breach of health and safety laws because it did not have rehab officers on major sites.He claims that when he took up his problems with an Adecco director she told him,and others,that he sounded "old and grumpy and needed to get laid ".

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