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Issue No. 250 21 December 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Beyond The Law
Despite the all-engulfing gloom emenating from our political wing right now, 2004 comes to an end on a strangely upbeat note for the trade union movement.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The King of Comedy
John Robertson looks back on a year when his comic genius was finally realised.

Unions: Ten Simple Rules
Accepted wisdom has unions all but retired as serious players in the Australian game. A glance through the major industrial stories of 2004, however, suggests improved footwork, and a commitment to boxing clever, might herald a comeback, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: Rampant Indivdualism
CFMEU National Secretary John Sutton gives his take on a year when the political debate took a turn to the Right.

International: Global Struggle
Labourstart's Eric Lee looks back on a year when the struggles for labour increasingly crossed international lines.

Economics: Cashing in the Year
Look back in sorrow or look back in anger? By any standards 2004 has been a hell of a year, writes Frank Stilwell.

History: Grass Roots
Worker solidarity in Australia in the first century of invasion can give us inspiration and clues for our upcoming battles, writes Neale Towart.

Review: Cultural Realities
In 2004 popular culture shifted from reality television to reality movies, and swapped last year's light-weight subject matter for the slightly more substantial, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Y-U-C-K
Workers Online resident bard David Peetz takes inspiration from The Village People for his latest prose.

N E W S

 Unions Make Hardie Pay

 Hadgkiss Gives Mourners Grief

 Mum Gets "Hopson’s" Choice

 AWAs Crash on Broken Hill

 No Fun in the Sack

 Tax Office Draws Blood

 Origin Prop a Union Hit

 Good Guy Wears Black

 Security Crisis at Sydney Airport

 Biscuit Bosses Crumble

 Ardmona Urged to Can Racism

 Bomber Predicts Big Bang

 Stolen Wages Cut

 Tomorrow the World…

 Bosses Sack WorkCover

 Activists What's On!

C O L U M N S

Predictions
The Crystal Ball
Workers Online consults a raft of leading psychics to find out what readers can look forward to in 2005.

The Soapbox
Scrooge Was Right
Christmas has been cancelled this year, writes our US correspondent Brooklyn Phil.

The Locker Room
The Workers Online Sports Awards
Continuing a tradition that dates back to the Twentieth Century, Phil Doyle dishes out the gongs for all things great and small in the world of sport during 2004.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favoutrite MP looks for a positive spin on the year at NSW Parliament

L E T T E R S
 Costa’s Hike Unfare
 Temporary Arrangements
 The Price Of Tea In China
 Goodthink
 Cry For Me, Argentina
 Ho Bloody Ho
 Amen
 Right Is Wrong
 Business As Usual
 All In The Family
 Swing Left Wishful Thinking
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Security Crisis at Sydney Airport


Sydney Airport could face a Christmas-New Year crisis, as a pyramid sub-contracting scheme unravels.

The LHMU warns nearly one-in-five airport security workers are about to lose their jobs because the sub-contractor, providing guards to Sydney Airports' main security contractor, SNP Security, has gone into liquidation.

LHMU spokesman Mark Boyd says qualified airport security personnel will be extremely hard to find at this time of year.

" Our union has campaigned for a long time against the security arrangements entered into by the major Sydney Airport security contractor SNP," Boyd says.

" We've been concerned for some time about the pyramid contracting of these important airport security jobs to an outfit who have been labelled in the media as ' Franks Boys'.

The LHMU says many of the airport security guards working at Sydney Airport, though dressed in SNP uniforms, were actually employed, in a pyramid arrangement, by All Events Security under the direction of owner Moffid Farid Sada.

" All Events Security has now gone into liquidation. Very few of All Events guards have the same protection and working conditions as our members," Boyd says.

" Our union members have raised the issue of this company's credentials and our problems with pyramid sub-contracting with SNP, the security contractor, with SACL, the airport authority and with Qantas but all of them have taken a hands-off attitude.

The LHMU Airport Security Union has suggested the potential crisis can be resolved if SNP Security directly employs any of the guards who are properly qualified, and about to lose their jobs.


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