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Issue No. 242 15 October 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Historical Revisions
It was a common refrain on Saturday night as we cried in our beers, hurled vitriol at the TV set and wondered how big the shellacking would be this time around: Howard won on a lie.

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 MUAís 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.

N E W S

 Donít Worry, Be Organised

 Senate Faces Family Fight

 Cheques Cashed In Seconds

 "Undemocractic" Taskforce Court Out

 Power to People: On Hold

 Eyes Have It Over Lotto

 Bomb in Santaís Sack

 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!

C O L U M N S

Politics
True Lies
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues Itís Time Ė 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.

L E T T E R S
 Giving Your Soul Away
 Invest in Dignity Part III
 You Need Help
 Medicare Woes
 Whose Party Is It Anyway?
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Thousands Up for Grabs


Two teenagers will share around $12,000 after an IRC decision that could see dozens of other Sydney club workers owed thousands of dollars.

Anare Pty Ltd was ordered to pay back pay Matthew Marchetta and Jason Piccinnin after the IRC upheld the Chief Industrial Magistrate's ruling that it had no grounds for paying them youth rates.

The pair had been employed for about 12 months, operating amusement parlours, at the Mount Prichard Community Club and Marconi Club, both in western Sydney.

Anare revealed that it employed about 12 junior workers every year on youth rates but Turner Freeman solicitor, Megan Cameron, said the implications could impact on all the firm's employees.

Anare had claimed the workers should have been covered by the Theatrical Employees Award, rather than the Clubs Award which does not provide for the payment of youth rates.

But, Cameron said, the Clubs Award provided generally higher rates, across the board.

"Employees and former employees would be entitled to claim wages and monetary conditions for the past six years," she said. "These guys are quite keen to pass the word among their friends and former workmates."

Anare might have seen problems coming when its bid to register an agreement, using the Theatrical Award for non-disadvantage test purposes, was rejected by the IRC last year.

Workers Online understands the company employs workers in amusement parlours in pubs and clubs around the state, including Penrith Panthers, Balmain Leagues, Bathurst Leagues, Bondi Icebergs, South Sydney Leagues, the Epping RSL and the Eastwood and Coogee Bay Hotels.

Workers at all those operations are entitled to representation by the LHMU.

The union was told by the IRC full bench it would have a "strong and legitimate" interest in any future applications involving Anare.


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