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Issue No. 244 29 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

Cameron Flags Fightback
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, has exploded the theory that unions will keep their heads down and wear workplace attacks planned by the re-elected Howard Government.

"We will fight for the wages and conditions of our members," Cameron pledged in a Melbourne speech to the Industrial Relations Society. [full story]

Latham on Union Mat
Unions are closing ranks to prevent federal ALP leader Mark Latham walking away from millions of working Australians under the guise of backing industry.

NSW Labor Council secretary, John Robertson, predicted that would be the outcome of Latham’s decision to join IR to Industry and Infrastructure in a super ministry under the control of shadow cabinet dry, Stephen Smith. [full story]

Union Shelters WA Roofers
A two-week strike by WA tilers has helped the CFMEU knock off a cartel demanding contractors use AWAs to keep employees on "sweatshop" rates.

In the unprecedented action, contractors and workers joined forces to wring improvements out of four companies benefiting from the state’s home building boom. [full story]

Bosses Trip on Electrolux
Militant employers have failed in a bid to knock more than 10 clauses out of a workplace agreement in the first major test of last month’s Electrolux ruling.

AIRC senior vice president, Iain Ross, green-lighted controls on contract labour, prohibitions on AWAs and union entry rights contained in an NUW agreement covering employees at LK Ballantyne’s Laverton site. [full story]

Drivers Derail Game Boy
RailCorp is testing drivers on "Donkey Kong" while a purpose-built, $21 million simulator sits idle at Petersham.

Nick Lewocki, from the Rail Tram and Bus Union told a safety delegates conference how RailCorp have chosen to test drivers on shape recognition, picking the odd one out and letter recognition. [full story]

Asses Get Carrot
Indian donkeys scored a 33 percent pay rise in the same week that Qantas directors voted themselves 66 percent hikes.

The animals, used to collect rubbish in the narrow lanes of Lucknow, have been paid the same grass and fodder allowance for many years despite inflation. [full story]

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Eggs, tape and straws do not a train driver make but don't try and tell that to Railcorp

E D I T O R I A L
Sure, he may have laboured the term “Ease the Squeeze" just a tad, but the squeeze is there and, with a few more months to push the issue, it has the capacity to reap real political dividends.

Hail To The Tool

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
 Honesty Is the best Policy
 Nothing To Stand On
 It’s The End Of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
 Dear Mark letter

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