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Issue No. 243 22 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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Hardie Rewards Asbestos Rats
Unions are demanding that more than $10 million in payouts to disgraced James Hardie executives go to victims of their asbestos scam.

NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson said the payout again highlighted the fact that James Hardie had learnt nothing in recent months about ethical behaviour. [full story]

Kentucky Fried Kids
A fast food company that pleaded guilty to frying a 17-year-old in a vat of oil has had an OHS conviction quashed on appeal.

Daniel Guyomar was standing on a fryer to clean an extraction hood at a KFC outlet at Cranbourne when he fell into a deep fryer. He was hospitalised for 19 days following the incident. [full story]

Miner Shafts Democracy
Corporate Australia is seeking massive fines against the AMWU and four rank and file delegates in a bid to deny workers the opportunity to serve on local councils.

A proposal to grant Collie tradesmen local government representation leave is one of half a dozen clauses Westfarmers Coal is seeking to have ruled "not pertaining" to the employer-employee relationship. [full story]

Fine Drop in Ocean of Blood
A $55,000 fine imposed on a transport operator whose driver was incinerated on the Pacific Highway has sparked calls for Workcover to go after the "Mr Bigs" of road transport.

The TWU’s Scott Connelly said 524 people had died in NSW truck accidents since 37-year-old, Darri Haines, was killed in a 1999 fireball, after bodgeying logbooks and consuming methamphetamines in a bid to meet schedules. [full story]

Sydney Water Outsources Brains
Three engineering experts are being dumped by Sydney Water as part of a process that could compromise the utility’s ability to ensure the quality of water supplies, APESMA warns.

The engineers, in charge of purchasing some of Sydney's most important water assets, are being made forcibly redundant with their jobs expected to go to short-term contractors. [full story]

Head Injuries to No Injuries
The man who risked industrial deafness to bring us the legendary Head Injuries album is making a stand for workplace safety.

Newly-elected MP Peter Garrett will hand out safety achievement awards at the third annual UnionSafe NSW Safety Delegates Conference this week. [full story]


 Bosses Celebrate with Sack-athon

 Kangaroo Strikebreakers Spotlighted

 Officers Change Customs

 Union Backs League

 Carr Trouble At Port Botany

 Pratt Backs Warwick Farm Loser

 Students Fight Summer Blues

 Activists What's On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Hard Yards: CFMEU members have dug deep to send the Sydney Maori rugby league side to the national Maori tournament in New Zealand this weekend.

The storm may be out of our control, but the level of damage will be directly linked to the way we prepare for the onslaught.

Get A Life


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
 Historical Reversion?
 Whose prosperity?
 Shop Till the Worker Drops
 Unreported Views
 Bob’s Silver Anniversary
 Hit And Myth

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