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Issue No. 240 01 October 2004  

The Premiership Quarter
After spending the past month with a decidedly sinking feeling, there�s a whiff of hope and expectation that the Howard era could actually be coming to an end.


Interview: The Last Bastian
AMWU state secretary Paul Bastian has been at the centre of the three year battle to bring James Hardie to account.

Unions: High and Dry
Jim Marr unpacks the recent High Court Electrolux decision to test whether the ruling matches the media hype.

Security: Liquid Borders
The Howard Government loves to trumpet its national security credentials but a close look at its record in shipping sinks the myth argues MUA�s Zoe Reynolds.

Industrial: No Bully For You
Phil Doyle reports on how bringing dignity and respect to the workplace is undermining bullies.

History: Radical Brisbane
Radical Brisbane extends the 'Radical City' series into the Red North. Two experienced activists, academics and writers turn South East Queensland history on its head.

International: No Vacancies
More than 1400 hotel union workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 2, are on strike at four major hotels in San Francisco, California, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Life After Capitalism
A situation that all anarchists dream of? Michael Albert has been more than dreaming., writes Neale Towart

Technology: Cyber Winners
Labourstart's Eric Lee looks at a good news story of global online campaigning that has delivered a victory.

Poetry: Do It Yourself Poetry
Teaser: Wondering why the polls are all over the place? Ask our resident bard and psephologist.

Review: Hard Labo(u)r
The Voice of Southern Labor highlights the role music played in the 1930's US textile strikes, but more than that it provides a lucid insight into the roots of modern capitalism and some truly organic organising, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Kev Cooks the Books

 Black Hole In Libs Kids Plan

 Xerox Copies Waterfront Tactics

 Hardies Asbestos Woes "Snowballs"

 Air Fleet Grounded By Job Cuts

 Musos Lung For Better

 Customs Officers Declare

 Dumbing Down The Trades

 Pacific National Sidetracks Hunter Jobs

 Witch Hunt For Whistleblower

 Black Diamond Deaths Spark Mining Inquiry

 Pensioners Strip Over Pension Strip

 Activists What's On!


True Lies
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues It�s Time � for an IR reality check.

The Westie Wing
Much work has been done in the past to ease the plight of clothing outworkers in New South Wales. It's time to step up the pressure, as sweatshops and clothing contract work are thriving stronger than ever, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Who Started the Class War?
Evan Jones looks across the Australian political landscape and asks who are the real class warriors?

The Locker Room
First Past The Post
Phil Doyle is coming up in class and is all the better for recent racing

Westie Wing
Our favourite state MP returns for his monthly Macquarie Street wrap.

Positive Action
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.

 Donkey Vote
 Problem Solved
 How To Run Society
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Xerox Copies Waterfront Tactics

A team of strike breaking photocopier technicians were flown into Sydney this week in a bid smash industrial action by Fuji-Xerox repairmen.

In echoes of Patricks� tactics in the 1998 Waterfront dispute, technicians on training visas from Singapore and New Zealand were used to clear the backlog of jobs caused by the week long strike.

The full extent of this operation is unclear, but Workers Online understands at least 30 foreign nationals were on the road for Fuji-Xerox in Sydney this week.

The 100 ASU members took the action over their EBA deal, which included a bid by the company to install global positioning tracking devices in workers' cars, in order to spy on their movements via satellite.

The dispute took a bizarre twist this week when strikers received a DVDs with a personal message from the CEO delivered to their doors imploring them to return to work.

They also received letters threatening to take away the strikers vehicles and mobile phones, a clear breach of the Workplace Relations Act.

The video pitch fell flat though, with 98 per cent of workers voting to extend the strike for two more days the next morning.

The story of Fuji-Xerox management bastardry went global, with articles running in many Australian newspapers and as far a field as The Inquirer newspaper in Britain.

Yesterday workers decided to switch tactics and return to work as a goodwill gesture and to facilitate further negotiations. ASU Organiser Gabi Wynhausen is in no doubt Fuji-Xerox technicians will ultimately win their dispute.

"I have been a union organiser in a variety of industries for nearly 10 years and I have never before seen such a solid group of workers. They have right absolutely on their side and they know it.

"All these guys wanted was a pay rise of less than 4%. The company has responded with the spectre of satellite surveillance and an international strike breaking conspiracy!"


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