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Issue No. 242 15 October 2004  
 
F E A T U R E S

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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Don’t Worry, Be Organised
NSW Labor Council is hosing down fears of the end of the workplace as we know it.

Secretary John Robertson says unions have 10 clear months to organise resistance to the legislative assault expected from a strengthened Coalition Government. [full story]

Senate Faces Family Fight
Family First and the Howard Government could be on a collision course over industrial relations if the fledging party ends up holding the balance of power in the Senate.

Far from being a rubber stamp for the Howard Government, a quick look at the party’s website shows that, if it sticks to its election platform, it will have significant differences with the Coalition’s expected all-out attack on trade unions. [full story]

Cheques Cashed In Seconds
Cheques that take five days to clear are being processed in 3.7 seconds while banks are pushing unrealistic targets on staff so they have longer to gamble your money on the markets.

Workers Online has received internal bank documentation threatening cheque processors with the sack if they don’t further increase productivity. [full story]

"Undemocractic" Taskforce Court Out
The Coalition Government intends bolstering the powers of an anti-union agency whose methods have been characterised as "undemocratic" and "authoritarian" by a Federal Court judge.

Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, said the Coalition would not resile from regulations that would compel people to give evidence or produce documents to Nigel Hadgkiss’ Building Industry Taskforce, under threat of imprisonment. [full story]

Power to People: On Hold
NSW punted 42 highly-skilled electricity workers less than 24 hours before the state was plunged into the summer’s first power crisis.

Last Tuesday, infrastructure specialists remaining from the privatisation of Pacific Power, were given six hours to pack their belongings and vacate offices. By Wednesday afternoon, dozens of northern Sydney homes had lost power as the system failed to handle 38 degree temperatures. [full story]

Bomb in Santa’s Sack
Qantas has a tasty Christmas present in store for one of its longest servicing employees, injured at Sydney Airport – the sack.

Over 50 of Margaret Takis’ workmates at Sydney’s International Terminal have already signed a petition expressing outrage at the treatment of the 57-year-old, who is only a few years off retirement. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Eyes Have It Over Lotto

 No Picnic in Park

 Smoking Loophole A Bit Rich

 BlueScope Workers Take Stock

 ABC Radio Clash

 Melbourne Goes Global

 No Justice for Joel

 Mercury Falling in Hobart

 Last Gasp for Monitoring

 Kiddie Photos Victory

 Thousands Up for Grabs

 Activists What's On!

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Uplifting: Workers Online and UnionSafe join forces to launch the Kevs - named after Kevin Andrews and highlighting the greatest disregards for life and limb at work

E D I T O R I A L
Until Labor comes to terms with its recent history and constructs a story that allows them to own the reforms that are delivering the standard of living that Howard now claims as his legacy, it will struggle to make a case to lead

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C O L U M N S

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

Parliament
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

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

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


LETTERS to the Editor
 Giving Your Soul Away
 Invest in Dignity Part III
 You Need Help
 Medicare Woes
 Whose Party Is It Anyway?

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