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Issue No. 252 18 February 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Economics: Super Seduction
Sharks are circling your super. From July 1, banks and financial planners will have access to the nesteggs of an extra four million workers.

Interview: Bono and Me
ACTU Sharan Burrow lifts the lid on the rock star lifestyle of an international union leader.

Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Rowan Cahill bucks conventional wisdom to argue the eight-hour day began in Sydney.

Economics: OEC-Who?
The OECD calls for more reform. But, Asks Neale Towart, who is really doing the calling?

Technology: From Widgets to Digits
How can unions grow and continue to successfully represent workers when their traditional structures are rooted in an industry, craft or fixed location?

Education: Dumb and Dumber
Unions are leading the fight against a political agenda that does away with smart jobs.

Health: No Place for the Young
The support of union members is required to help get young people out of nursing homes, writes Mark Robinson

History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
February 17 marks 30-years to the day that sacked coal miners at the NSW Northern District Nymboida Colliery began their historic work-in at the mine.

Review: Dare to Win
The history of the militant and often controversial BLF is as surprising as it is fascinating writes Tim Brunero.

Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
With another change at the helm of the Labor Party, our resident bard, David Peetz, can't help but dreamily drawing on some political history.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Families On the Rack
A chorus of employer cheer groups is urging the Howard Government to take a big stick to Australian families.

Employers First and the Business Council of Australia laid out the strategy, this week, with demands to slash weekend penalty payments, end wage cases for the low-paid, and strip back minimum award conditions. [full story]

Detention Centre for Darling Harbour
The Immigration Department appears to have added ships to its arsenal of detention facilities.

Tonga-registered Capitaine Tasman was branded a "floating detention centre" after 26 crew were barred from setting foot in Australia, this week, in defiance of international conventions. [full story]

Transit Officers' Close Shave
Sydney rail transit officers have been barred from growing facial hair on company time.

A new grooming policy, baldly states officers may only grow beards whilst "on leave or otherwise absent from duty". [full story]

Truckies Drive Mac Attack
Fast food giant, McDonalds, is at the centre of a health scare that claimed 103 NSW lives, last year.

Sixty truckies ceased deliveries to the burger baron, this week, after their employer refused to discuss measures aimed at stopping carnage on the stateís roads. [full story]

We Have Way of Making You Walk
A supervisor who allegedly gave a Nazi salute during a minuteís silence on Remembrance Day sparked a strike by 500 Bridgestone workers.

Workers at the Salisbury tyre-making plant in Adelaide walked off the job for 48 hours last Wednesday, making a stand against supervisor Heinz Gremmertís management style, with workers alleging he has "racially bullied" colleagues. [full story]

Howzat Ė Murali Spun Out
Super spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been bowled over by waterfront support for tsunami vicims in his homeland.

The off spinner braved heavy storms to personally thank MUA members at East Swanson docks for collecting $170,000 worth of goods and clothing. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Show Me The Money

 Walterís Mates Pay

 Retailer Sells Out Workers

 Financiers Squash Capital Idea

 Taskforce Stands Over Families

 Big Australian Changes the Rules

 Bodyguards Stabbed In Back

 Big Brother Stirs Up Porridge

 Carr Sees Trees for Wood

 Activistís Whatís On

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Union backed aid workers clearing a well in Banda Aceh. Part of the practical assistance from the international union movement helping Tsunami victims to rebuild their lives.

E D I T O R I A L
Having disposed with fairness, the BCA then lays out its blueprint for prosperity, which (I kid you not) is ((E+U)/POP) X (E/E + U) X (GDP/E)!

Lack Of Interest

C O L U M N S

Politics
Titanic Forces
There are book reviewers who have not read the book they have just reviewed and there are critics who have criticised films they have not yet seen. I want to review a novel that has not yet been written.

The Soapbox
Labour and Labor
Grant Bellchamber looks at the relationship between both sides organised labour

Postcard
Aussie Unions Help Tsunami Victims
The union movementís aid agency reports back on its relief effort in Asia.

The Locker Room
Game, Set and Yawn
Phil Doyle asks if tennis is evil or just boring

Parliament
The Westie Wing
As a reshuffle of the State Ministry settles in and the Federal Government throws down the gauntlet, 2005 promises to be a new and vital chapter in the struggle for workers and their families, writes Ian West in Macquarie Street.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Toxic Talk
 Millstone Revealed
 But Then Again

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