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Issue No. 246 12 November 2004  

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.

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Workers Seize Cat
A luxury boat shapes as the best hope for 45 Perth workers whose boss bolted after convincing them to work for eight weeks without wages.

The AMWU has warned Wavemaster creditors that no work will be done on the $2 million catamaran until union members get their money. [full story]

Castle Hill Uprising
A Castle Hill boss with half his staff on stress leave stands accused of systematic bullying.

The IRC heard the disability centre manager abused and swore at staff, made them work over 18 consecutive hours, and forced a sick worker out of the toilet to attend a meeting. [full story]

Carr Flips on Rail
Sydney commuters are in limbo as rail workers battle the state government’s split personality.

On one day, last week, NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca said the state would not cop Federal Industrial relations laws, while Premier Bob Carr threatened to use them against rail workers.  [full story]

Producers Call "Cut"
An actor who spruiked for a credit card company in a TV campaign had his own application rejected by the same company.

The revelation comes as Australian screen producers seek to tear up a negotiated agreement in a bid to slash earnings for Aussie actors.  [full story]

Fly Me To … Anywhere
Mining giant, Newcrest, is being told to have a squadron of planes on standby as 500 construction workers threaten to quit its isolated Telfer site, en masse.

Newcrest sparked the showdown by refusing productivity payments to workers who took a day off out of respect for a supervisor who died at the camp, 300km inland from Australia’s hottest settlement, Marble Bar. [full story]

Saint Buzz: Hymn the Man
Priests and pastors are flocking to sign up with the Canadian Autoworkers Union.

Responding to a request from a group of the Canadian United Church ministers and their families, CAW president Buzz Hargrove, said "although the workplace is different the concerns raised by the ministers are similar to those of other workplaces including health and safety, privacy, harassment and compensation". [full story]


 Patricks Attacks Westies

 Cold Comfort for Scientists

 Mothball Bowls Port Hedland

 Boss Rejects AWA

 Asbestos Audit Refused

 Bear Mauls Children

 "Leave or Leave," Telstra

 Activists What's On!

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Cold Shoulder: Antarctic Division workers have had their pay increase over-ruled by federal government policy

this is a sort of Year Zero approach to a railway system that has run on the goodwill of the workforce for decades

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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.

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.

LETTERS to the Editor
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