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Issue No. 252 18 February 2005  

Wood for the Trees
In the book that may never become a film, ĎEucalyptusí, a father will not give his daughter away unless her suitor can name every tree on the property.


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.


 Families On the Rack

 Detention Centre for Darling Harbour

 Transit Officers' Close Shave

 Truckies Drive Mac Attack

 We Have Way of Making You Walk

 Howzat Ė Murali Spun Out

 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


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

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

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.

 Toxic Talk
 Millstone Revealed
 But Then Again
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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.

The Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union claims that Mr Gremmert has an "overbearing" style that has an "overzealous monitoring of timekeeping".

Chris Field, from the LHMU, said the action was also taken because members were frustrated and concerned that an unsafe and unhealthy workplace had been created at Bridgestone because of this supervisor's bullying.

"The workplace was on tenterhooks as a result of the continued bullying of one particular member and then the sacking of this member by the supervisor at the centre of the dispute,"

Bridgestone has now committed to a training program for supervisors at the Salisbury plant.

"Good supervision is mentoring, not policing," says Field. "Increased productivity is the bottom line for the company. The best way is to work with your employees and take in their ideas and bring them with you, rather than a regimented path."

" Our members have had enough of the bullying, high-handed, undemocratic and authoritarian style of this supervisor."

Adelaide media reported Bridgestone workers claiming Mr. Gremmert was opposed to his colleagues stopping work for the one-minute's silence on November 11, the day that marks the end of the first world war.


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