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Issue No. 243 22 October 2004  

The Perfect Storm
The storm clouds are gathering on the industrial horizon, an unholy trinity of a hostile legislative agenda, a radical High Court decision and emboldened employers.


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.


 Hardie Rewards Asbestos Rats

 Kentucky Fried Kids

 Miner Shafts Democracy

 Fine Drop in Ocean of Blood

 Sydney Water Outsources Brains

 Head Injuries to No Injuries

 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!


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

 Historical Reversion?
 Whose prosperity?
 Shop Till the Worker Drops
 Unreported Views
 Bobís Silver Anniversary
 Hit And Myth
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Bosses Celebrate with Sack-athon

Australian law will to be written in Malaysia as employers celebrate the re-election of a Coalition government with an avalanche of job exports.

The AMWU is seeking public support to thwart plans unveiled by Australian legal icon, CCH, to outsource production work on taxation, workplace and family law publications to Malaysia at the cost of 70 Sydney jobs.

The union has produced a range of stickers for supporters to attach to their copies of CCH publications and is calling for messages of support for threatened Sydney families to be sent to parent company Wolters Kluwer.

"We are going to the users of CCH products, and the general public, asking them to press the company to reassess its strategy," AMWU official, Matthew Lowe, said.

"The people under threat are highly skilled workers who format, sub-edit and check CCH's Australian publications."

One of CCH's is biggest clients is the ATO for whom it provides legislative reporting and commentary on taxation law.

The export of CCH jobs came as Telstra finally fessed up to its intention to export hundreds more IT jobs to India.

Australia's largest company, boasting an annual profit of more than $4 bilion, says it must further slash IT costs.

The CPSU and the ALP both accused the company of "cynicism" for waiting until after the federal election to confirm plans the union has been warning of for months.

In a related development, Qantas is training strikebreakers, in case Flight Attendants take action to thwart its plans to move 1000 jobs offshore from December.

Melbourne firm, Johnson Tiles, will dump 100 workers from its Bayswater manufacturing plant in December, so it can distribute cheaper product from overseas.

GUD Manufacturing has announced plans to close its Sunshine oil filter operation at the cost of another 100 jobs. The company, which paid its chief executive a $750,000 bonus this year, will have its filters made in China.

Last month, US-based giant Kodak, shut its Melbourne plant with the loss of around 600 jobs.

Concerned Victoria AMWU secretary, Dave Oliver, has written to the Bracks Government seeking a summit meeting about the future of manufacturing in the state, particularly its ravaged western suburbs.


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