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Issue No. 232 06 August 2004  

Interview: Trading Places
New ACTU International Officer Alison Tate cut her teeth delivering aid to developing nations through APHEDA. Now she is helping chart the global union agenda.

Safety: Snow Job
James Hardie has been drilled into our collective consciousness as a story of power, greed and immorality. It is also, as Jim Marr reports, a tale of human tragedy.

Politics: In the Vanguard
Damien Cahill reveals how neo-liberal think tanks have been at the forefront of the corporate assault upon trade unions and social movements in Australia.

Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Don’t get between Sydney sparkie Semir Pepic and a gold medal in a dimly lit alley, writes Tim Brunero.

Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
Perfect Porker, Darren Vincent, brings a history of meat worker shafting to this month’s Bad Boss nomination.

International: Cruising For A Bruising
Europe’s big unions are bruised as they watch companies roll over some of their best-organised unionised workplaces demanding longer work hours – without any recompense, reports Andrew Casey.

History: Under the Influence
Was John Kerr drunk when he wrote and signed the letter dismissing Edward Gough Whitlam from the Prime Ministership in 1975? Geraldine Willissee investigates.

Economics: Working Capital
Where superannuation fits, where it fails and what we should we do about it. Neale Towart gives the tough answers.

Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
There's many a must see moment in Mike Moore's new flick but beating the propaganda machine at its own game wreaks havoc with wearied bullshit detectors, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
When Flood washed away the PM's sins, the truth was once again left high and dry.

Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
During a recent visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home, I was waylaid by an ancient gentleman who insisted I listen to what he had to say, writes Rowan Cahill.

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Stink Rises from Hamberger
The Office of the Employment Advocate is registering fraudulent AWAs, a court has heard.

Forty-year construction industry veteran, Alan Kuret, told the Federal Court in Perth the office had registered a non-union AWA in his name although he had never seen, nor signed, the document. [full story]

ALP Embraces Collectivism
A Latham Labor Government would return collectivism to Australian workplaces by barring AWAs, increasing the powers of the industrial umpire, and restoring awards and union access rights.

The policy was outlined in Sydney today by Workplace Relations spokesman, Craig Emerson, who pledged to line-up federal workplace laws with those of NSW and Queensland. [full story]

Bully Drives Deckhand into Drink
A fishing boat skipper, described as "a latter-day Captain Bligh", bullied a 19-year-old deckhand to the point where he jumped overboard.

The Darwin Magistrates Court heard how deckhand Callum Moran tried to swim to a remote island because he thought he was going to be killed by the vessel’s skipper, Captain Daniel Schoolmeester, following "vindictive and brutal" bullying.  [full story]

Fighter in Cancer Link
Nine hundred Air Force engineers who did "the worst job ever" are 50 percent more likely to develop cancer than other Australians, a university study has found.

ALAEA national secretary, David Kemp, is urging government to fully compensate affected personnel, many of whom went into civilian life as members of his organisation. [full story]

Tunnellers Dig in for Safety
Workcover doesn’t employ a single inspector with tunnelling experience in a city where more than 1000 workers are employed on a $3.5billion underground boom.

CFMEU organiser, Steve Dixon, unveiled those statistics in an impassioned plea for a "fair go" for tunnellers, after a father of two was killed on Sydney’s cross-city project.  [full story]

Seconds Out in Newcastle
Workers in Telstra’s busy Newcastle call centre get only seconds away from their headsets during casual shifts.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has raised concerns about Choice HR allowing only a few seconds break every hour for the 100 labour hire employees it contributes to the Newcastle operation. [full story]


 Vale Josh Heuchan

 "Betrayal" Sparks Election Rethink

 Councils Wedge James Hardie

 Great Southern Death Rattler

 Libs Desert "War Criminal"

 Casuals Take Over

 ALP Star Hits The Waterfront

 Activists What’s On!

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Posters "mysteriously" appearing on Perth building sites

As our athletes approaches the starting line in Athens, it is interesting to reflect on how the world has changed since Sydney was the centre of a global group hug just four years ago.

Free Tool Agreement


The Westie Wing
The Labor Governments in each State must take the lead to stop the abuse of corporate law in Australia in the absence of action from the Federal Government, as the Inquiry into James Hardie’s has highlighted, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Cleaners Deserve Our Support
It's time the state's cleaners were given some support, loyalty and long service leave, writes Chris Christodoulou.

The Locker Room
Half Time At The Football
Phil Doyle wants to have his pie and eat it too.

Faithful Servant
Frank Mossfield was one of the labour movement’s quiet achievers. Former Labor Council secretary Michael Easson pays tribute.

Lessons From East Timor
Just back from a study tour to East Timor, National Reserach Officer with the Construction division of the CFMEU, Ben Stirling, writes about the experience for Workers Online.

LETTERS to the Editor
 An Officer And A Teacher
 Tom Goes Asexual
 Road Rage At Work
 Democracy In Action
 Asbestos Bastadry

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