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Issue No. 239 24 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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Delta Parties Like It’s 1994
A central coast pharmaceutical company uses labour hire to keep workers on a 10-year-old agreement and make them pay for their own knives and pens.

Under the Delta Laboratories Enterprise Agreement, registered in 1994, process workers receive all-in rates of $13 an hour and have to complete more than 50 hours a week to qualify for overtime.  [full story]

Shot In The Arm for Dealers
Star City casino workers dealing with bodily fluids including vomit and blood has led to them being offered free Hepatitis B vaccinations.

Punters coughing and spluttering over dealers, dirty sheets, handling potentially violent customers are among the safety risks faced by casino workers, placing them at risk from contracting the disease. [full story]

Corporates Vote for AWAs
Western Australia’s biggest employers have launched an AWA blitz in a bid to head off the possible election of a Labor Government on October 9.

State branches of the powerful Mines and Minerals, Motor Trades and Master Builders Associations have urged members to lodge non-union agreements before election day as the Federal Court examines whether one of their members broke the law in an effort to force mineworkers onto AWAs. [full story]

Mind Game for the Discriminating
BHP Steel management is using "discriminatory" psychometric testing on Wollongong workers to decide who gets the chop.

Port Kembla AWU secretary Andy Gillespie says the psychometric tests used to assess 60 employees on the paint line are biased against people from non-English speaking backgrounds. [full story]

Electrolux "Try On" Rebuffed
Four hundred Dandenong workers have stared down an attempt to use the controversial Electrolux decision to dud them of money, conditions and protections.

Truck manufacturer Iveco walked away from the "try on" this week, after a mass meeting of union members endorsed claims put under the microscope by IRC senior deputy vice president O’Callaghan.  [full story]

Cultural Revolution Purges Howard
John Howard will be hit by an art attack on the campaign trail next week.

The federal election battle is expected to take an entertaining turn when leading filmmakers join musicians in in a bid to dump John Howard. [full story]


 Xerox On The Blink

 Billions Hidden Behind the Veil

 Customs Crosses the Border

 Toolbox Gimmick Threatens Awards

 Cleaners Clean Up

 u r brkng t law

 Unions Join Power Surge

 Vulnerable Lose Shot At Life

 Activists What's On!

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Who cares for the carers? Community worker Maree Mullins with two of her clients, Michelle Ackaoui and Laura Dalton at last week's rally outside Parliament house.

James Hardie shapes as the first significant international consumer campaign of the 21st century

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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.

LETTERS to the Editor
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