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Issue No. 241 08 October 2004  

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.

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Telstra Dogs on Injured Woman
A Brisbane woman, zapped between the ears by 240 volts of alternating current at a call centre, is still waiting for Australia’s largest company to deliver on its compensation promise.

A Telstra representative told Jackie Skelton’s union, the CPSU, a compensation offer would be made in the first week of January but, instead, weekly payments were cut and she was forced to sell her Brisbane home.  [full story]

Strike Three and We’re Out
Western Sydney Orbital workers won reinstatement for the last of three sacked delegates when a contractor ditched a ruse that would have left employees without a negotiated agreement.

Piling Contractors Queensland moved its employees to new entity, Piling Contractors Australia, in a last ditch bid to defeat delegate protection clauses negotiated with construction unions.  [full story]

Boxall Beats Hasty Retreat
CPSU members have rolled an attempt by hardline Department of Workplace Relations boss, Peter Boxall, to curtail their rights to participate in tomorrow’s federal election.

In a shock midweek move, Boxall demanded by memo, that staff wanting to hand out how to vote cards for election candidates obtain written permission from their employer. [full story]

Ashfield Moves on Home Truths
Alterations to Ashfield properties will soon become conditional on developers or home owners obtaining asbestos certificates.

Councillors are expected to overwhelmingly endorse the measure next Tuesday as western Sydney municipalities move the asbestos debate from compensation to prevention. [full story]

Pratt in Warwick Farm Plunge
Billionaire Richard Pratt is betting a thousand dollars a head on Warwick Farm employees turning their backs on colleagues striving for a national agreement.

Pratt is trying to undermine packaging industry wages and conditions by forcing through 14 separate, non-union, site agreements that would shatter workers’ bargaining power, according to the AMWU. [full story]

Robert Reich's 2020 Vision
The man who gave the Clinton Administration a soul - and one of the world’s most celebrated thinkers on the future of work – will travel to Australia in December.

Robert Reich, academic and US Labor Secretary in Clinton’s first term, will be the guest of the NSW Labor Council to lead discussion its Working NSW project to deveelop a vision for the workplace in 2020, [full story]


 Numbers Racket at Yandi

 Executive Pay Blue Looms

 Crazy Mike’s Fire Sale

 Kids Remember Kids

 DIY Security For Child Care

 Canada’s Asbestos Outrage

 Aussie Kids Thrown Overboard

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
A fleet of ambulances ferried injured Chermside call centre workers to hospital in February. Telstra is now resisting improvement notices issued by health and safety authorities.

The sad irony of this election is that given a choice between the interests of big business and working people, the party operating for the powerful managed to portray itself as the champion of the little guy.

PM ‘s Tool


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.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Invest In Dignity - Part II
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