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Issue No. 237 10 September 2004  

Bully Busting
No one likes a bully � and if the response to Labor Council�s bullying conference is anything to go by, there are more of these irritating creatures in Australian workplaces than ever before.


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.


 Position Vacant for Bully

 Reality Dawns on Delta

 Stink Rises from Dunnies

 Girl Power Slays Oil Giants

 CFMEU on Highway to Hell

 Super Deal for Mums

 Millionaires Pay Peppercorn Wages

 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!


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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Teachers In Crossfire

NSW teachers who support striking school cleaners could be fined $750,000 under Howard Government industrial laws.

Any solidarity action with cleaners who walked out of 1600 schools this week could attract secondary boycott penalties contained in the Trade Practices Act, Greens Senate candidate, John Kaye, warned.

"If two members of the Teachers Federation express outrage at the use of guns-for-hire to replace cleaners during the strike, the law automatically labels this a union-organised secondary boycott," he said. "Yet, all teachers would be doing is standing up for a workforce that is threatened with loss of job security.

"The Greens want to remove the secondary boycott provisions in the Trade Practices Act, and this is a clear example of why."

Teachers expressed concerns that cleaners brought in to break the strike didn't have police clearance checks required to work on education department property.

By last Friday over 400 state schools were turning away students due to unhygenic toilets and food preparation areas.

More than 2000 cleaners from across the state rallied last Wednesday outside Premier Carr's office in Sydney.

Cleaning contracts for NSW schools are being re-tendered and cleaners, some of whom have been working for over 30 years, will not have their current hours guaranteed.

Bob Each Way

Just as cleaners returned to NSW schools, TAFE teachers were considering strike action after the Carr Government backflipped on a pay deal with head teachers.

Already teachers at Lidcombe TAFE have struck over the government's refusal to pass on the over three percent pay rises head teachers in the school system have already received.

TAFE employees at Gymea, Loftus, and Randwick are also considering strike action.

If the state's 150 TAFE campuses were forced to close due to industrial action over 700,000 students would be left without classes.

Peter De Graaff from the Teachers Federation says teachers at Lidcombe TAFE have called upon the Minister for Education and Training, Andrew Refshauge, to pay the salary increases.

"Teachers at Lidcombe call upon their colleagues in other TAFE colleges to also hold local stop work meetings to discuss this issue and consider further action," says De Graff.


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