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Issue No. 237 10 September 2004  

Interview: True Matilda
Former senior bureaucrat John Menadue coordinated the group of 43 calling for truth in government; and now he has bigger fish to fry.

Politics: State of Play
Are all political parties the same? Workers Online tries to cut through the jargon to compare the major parties' approaches to key policy areas.

Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Public Private Partnerships amount to privatisation by stealth. Or do they? Jim Marr investigates.

Unions: Rhodes Scholars
Tim Brunero discovers how the Electrical Trades Union is doing its best to ease the national apprentice crisis.

National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
Noel Hester previews how unions will be fighting the federal election - on the ground and online.

International: People Power
Over the next four years there is a real potential a major struggle will take place for workers� rights and the creation of truly democratic unions in China., writes Andrew Casey

Economics: A Bit Rich
Who Gets What? Why? And So What?, Frank Stilwell reviews the BRW's Rich List

History: Mine Shafts
It's 25 years since Nymboida passed the baton to United, writes Peter Murray

Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Former RAAF engineers could be sitting on a health time bomb, Tim Brunero reports.

Organising: Building a Wave
Community groups, unions and social movements all practice organising, wrties Tony Brown and Amanda Tattersall.

Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
How dare any Liberal suggest that the Prime Minister is a lying rodent! Resident bard David Peetz reports on the outrage that this slur has justifiably caused.

Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Tim Brunero writes The Battle of Algiers is a coldly objective, almost scientific anatomy of revolution.

Culture: The Word On The Street
Phil Doyle reports on how the Australian working class experience lives on through the words of the remarkable Geoff Goodfellow.

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Position Vacant for Bully
Psychometric testing is being used to identify bullies - then give them jobs.

The revelation came as a clinical psychologist revealed profiling could identify "psychotic bullies" who terrorise workplaces. [full story]

Reality Dawns on Delta
Three hundred Delta Electricity workers walked out of central coast power stations this week over the bullying of a workmate with cerebral palsy.

Members of seven unions took action after the state-owned agency ordered the long-serving employee to see its doctor over potential "performance difficulties". [full story]

Stink Rises from Dunnies
Foremen at Ingham�s Chickens, Perth, have been recording the details of toilet use by female process workers.

Women, from different cultural backgrounds, say that at least one male supervisor would stand outside the ablutions area and record the names of women who used the facilities, along with the times they entered and left. [full story]

Girl Power Slays Oil Giants
Australian women helped knock over oil giants that wanted to force husbands and boyfriends to spend increased time away from their families.

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) rejected a bid by ESSO contractors to force Bass Strait rig workers onto 14-day on, 14-day off rosters, after hearing video evidence from wives and girlfriends, and considering the views expressed by more than 200 in a survey. [full story]

CFMEU on Highway to Hell
Hundreds of thousands of Sydney motorists are risking their lives every day on the M4 and Great Western Highway, contractors admit.

M7 Project managers Abigroup/Leightons today conceded that bridges over the highways are not being built by qualified workers and have not been certified by independent engineers, as required by law.  [full story]

Millionaires Pay Peppercorn Wages
Childcare moguls resisting pay rises for "poverty level" staff are reporting massive increases in operating profits.

ABC Learning Centres, whose owner Eddie Groves features on BRW�s list of Australia�s 100 richest people, last week reported an annual profit of $21.4 million, up 77 percent on the previous year. [full story]


 Super Deal for Mums

 Hardie Fighters Go Dutch

 Exporting Your Bank Details

 Teachers In Crossfire

 Strikers Unplug Western Power Play

 Health Changes Shift Barrier

 Meredith and Me

 Activists What's On!

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Asbestos activists storm James Hardie's Sydney HQ with reminders of the dust the company spread around for so many years.

In this election campaign we are hearing a lot about family friendly hours and family tax cuts, but it is with the third element � dignity at work, that the major parties have the most significant policy differences.

Greens Under The Bed


The Soapbox
Hail to the Metro-Sexual!
If the cultural shift required in the workplace to give greater security to working families was broadly accepted the ACTU would not be locked in an adversarial Work and Family test case argues Sharan Burrow.

The Westie Wing
In his latest missive from Macquarie Street our resident Parliamentary commentator, Ian West, walks us through issues around the PBS.

How Bush Lost His Wings
Tracking the National Guard Career of the Fatuous Flyboy from New Haven, Jeffrey St Clair.

The Locker Room
The Name of the Game
Phil Doyle wonders whether we are barracking for the sponsor or the team.

Women to Women
APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad is working to create opportunities for Palestinian women living in Lebanese refugee camps.

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