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Issue No. 253 25 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

Signs of the Times
Employees of a Melbourne sign maker are resisting AWAs that ban music, encourage discrimination, and condemn them to long trousers, or full length skirts, even in 40 degree heat.

Six of eight employees at Civiquip, Hoppers Crossing, have joined the AMWU in a bid to knock off AWAs being championed by Prime Minister, John Howard. [full story]

Fungal Growth Blights AWA’s
A grieving mother has been sacked after refusing to sign a federal AWA that would have slashed her income by $150 a week.

Sue Simes is one of six former Merbein Mushrooms pickers who will see their boss in court in a bid to have Howard Government individual contracts overturned. [full story]

Andrews Apes Big End
Federal workplace relations minister Kevin Andrews has signed up to the BCA’s assault on the Australian tradition of a fair go, stating there is no place for fairness in the workplace.

As state Labor’s ministers vowed to oppose the government’s plan to nationalise industrial relations systems, Andrews let fly at awards, the independent umpire and the minimum wage. [full story]

Telstra Charge Reversed
Call centre staff will reap increases of up to $8000 a year after convincing Telstra to re-think an outsourcing drive that cost thousands of jobs.

In a major change of direction, Australia’s largest company will contract-in several hundred positions in regional Victoria. [full story]

Good GEERS Hard to Find
The family of a building industry boss has come face to face with the reality of John Howard’s GEERS scheme.

"It doesn’t work," former Walter Construction corporate services manager, Mike Walsh, says. [full story]

More Pulp Fiction
Mel Gibson’s bid to turn union pin-up boy, Bernie Banton, into an Australian Erin Brokovich has set tongues wagging on the arts scene.

Banton, who won Unions NSW’s prestigious Frank Belan award for his role in staring down corporate villain, James Hardie, is discreet about an approach from Gibson’s production house, Icon Shanahan, to put his life story on the silver screen. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 For Sale - Goulburn

 Bosses Admit Pay Too Low

 Yachtie Sinks in Bog

 Albrechtsen Merits Questions

 New Eateries On Menu

 Fungal Growth Blights AWA’s

 Markets Cheer Pattern Bargains

 Mine Managers in Denial

 No Interest In Costello

 Activist’s What’s On

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NSW Fire Brigade workers are setting their sights on battling bullies with the agency signing up to the Unions NSW Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Charter.

E D I T O R I A L
The beauty (and yes, I believe an IR system can be beautiful) of the NSW Industrial relations system is that it has been designed to create the sort of society that most Australians say they want – based on fairness and equity.

Her ABC

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 movement’s 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
 Boycott Bunnings
 Just One Thing
 No Dosh For Rupert
 Executions Not Fines
 Howard Needs To Know
 Disability Disgrace

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