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Issue No. 245 05 November 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

What’s In a Name?
McDonalds is doing it, IAG has done it, James Hardie desperately needs to do it – and now the Labor Council of NSW is doing it, re-working its brand to meet the changing demands of their markets.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Reich Stuff
Robert Reich has led the debate on the future of work – both as an academic and politician. Now he’s on his way to Australia to help NSW unions push the envelope.

Economics: Crime and Punishment
Mark Findlay argues that the present psychological approach to prison programs is increasing the likelihood of re-offending and the threat to community safety.

Environment: Beyond The Wedge
Whether the great forestry divide can ever be overcome or whether it is best sidestepped for the sake of unity and sustainability in other areas is up for debate, writes Tara de Boehmler.

International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Linda Weiss, Elizabeth Thurbon and John Mathews show us How To Kill A Country

Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Nick Lewocki from the RTBU lifts the lid on the shonky science behind RailCorp testing

Politics: Labo(u)r Day
John Robertson lets fly at this years Labor Day dinner

Human Rights: Arabian Lights
Tim Brunero reports on how a Sydney sparky took on the Taliban and lived to tell the tale.

History: Labour's Titan
Percy Brookfield was a big man who was at the heart of the trade union struggles that made Broken Hill a quintessential union town writes Neale Towart.

Review: Foxy Fiasco
To find out who is outfoxing who, read Tara de Boehmler's biased review of a subjective documentary about corrupt journalism.

Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
Brothers and sisters! Praise the Lord! Brother George has saved the White House from an invasion by infidels, writes resident bard David Peetz.

N E W S

 Unions Dump Labor

 Shearers Brush Woolly Mammoths

 Girls Should Be Short Changed

 Sydney Turns Down Volume

 Minister Rides Collie

 Staff, Trees Weather the Blame

 Offshore Embassy for Families

 Visy Paper Folds

 Workers Unplug Power Cuts

 Silverwater Offers Porridge

 Environment Wiped Out In Dubbo

 Justice Eludes Kariong Staff

 Nelson Flags Another Raid

 Five Steps to Sanity

 Activists What's On!

C O L U M N S

The Locker Room
In Naming Rights Only
Phil Doyle has Gone to Gowings

The Soapbox
Homeland Insecurity
Rowan Cahill tells us how the Howard Government’s appointment of Major-General Duncan Lewis to head up the national security division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has received little critical comment, until now.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
New proposed legislation in NSW provides a vital window of opportunity for unions to ensure they achieve convictions for workplace deaths, writes Ian West.

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Silverwater Offers Porridge


Contractors at Silverwater Gaol are trying to lock workers into AWA’s that will cost them up to $10,000 a year in pay and conditions.

Tradesmen and trades assistants who repair cells, buildings and other equipment, are changing employer after the state government contracted maintenance to a new outfit, United-KFPW.

Now staff are being asked to sign AWA's that will see them lose $2000 a year in salary, use of company vehicles, and RDO provisions.

The individual contracts also stop unions representing workers collectively, limit consultation and force dispute resolution through the OEA.

In addition workers would be put on three months probation though most have been working at the facility for six years.

AMWU industrial officer Colin Drane believes this clause could mean staff will be asked to train other workers before being carpeted.

Drane says workers are outraged the Labor Government is delivering a de facto endorsement of AWA's.

"The federal government implement their ideology on the ground in policy," says Drane "but the Carr Labor Government appears unwilling to support a pro worker position, this has got to change."

"If the Carr government is going to pursue outsourcing of services it should be done in such a way to ensure workers pay and conditions are not compromised."

"Nor should services be compromised."

"The coalitions supports their core constituents big business, the Carr Government should show more support of it's core constituents - workers."


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