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Issue No. 255 11 March 2005  

Interview: Dot.Com
Evan Thornley was a labour activist. Then he rode the tech wave. Now he's home with new ideas on how Labor can win the economic debate.

Workplace: Dirt Cheap
In her new book, Elizabeth Wynhausen learns how hard it is to live on the minimum wage.

Industrial: Daddy Doesn’t Live With Us Anymore
Andreia Viegas’ tells the story of the loss her young family has felt since her husband was killed at work, and the need for justice for families who fall victim to industrial manslaughter.

Economics: Who's Afraid of the BCA?
Big Business's agenda for Australia has gone from loopy to mainstream at the speed of light, writes Neale Towart

International: From the Wreckage
Working people across Iraq are struggling to build their own independent unions – and are successfully organising industrial action on the vital oil fields as well as in hotels, transport outlets and factories, Writes Andrew Casey

Politics: Infrastructure Blues
With much attention given belatedly to the shortage of infrastructure, little attention has been given to the structure of infrastructure, writes Evan Jones

History: Meat and Three Veg
A new book recounts the impact of the Depression on women workers, writes Neale Towart,

Savings: 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, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: Popping the 'E-Word'
Federal shadow treasurer Wayne Swan unveils Labor's new economic doctrine.

Poetry: To Know Somebody
This week saw an appointment to the ABC Board that was even more breathtaking than that of Liberal Party figure Michael Kroger. Resident Bard David Peetz celebrates the occasion with a reworking of an old Bee Gees hit.

Review: Off the Rails
A new play on the impact of rail privatisation in Britain has a poignant message for Sydney commuters, writes Alex Mitchell

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Killer Company Sent Down
Swiss mining giant Xstrata has been fined $1.47 million over the 1996 deaths of four Hunter Valley coalminers.

In the wake of the record fine, handed down in Sydney today, bereaved families have again urged the minerals company to drop its attempt to have health and safety laws declared unconstitutional. [full story]

Once Upon a Time in Bexley
A Bexley sweatshop is paying women $4 an hour to produce garments for sale by glamour retailers, including David Jones and Myer, in a foretaste of life under John Howard’s "Americanised" IR regime.

TCFUA representatives raided a suburban bungalow, this week, under NSW rights the Prime Minister intends to strip away when he gets control of the Senate. [full story]

Defence Contractor at War
Melbourne workers have joined a London web campaigner in a cyber attack on Tenix.

The ASU launched an electronic picket of the defence and infringement enforcement contractor after it insisted employees sign AWAs against their wills, and refused to recognise their union. [full story]

Steeple Takes a Tumble
Melbourne’s jumping season fell at the first hurdle when Sandown racecourse workers scratched the steeplechase from Wednesday’s card on safety grounds.

Workers Online understands Victorian stewards supported the action of AWU members who slapped a Provisional Improvement Notice on heavy, outdated steeples that have led to cuts, bruises and back injuries. [full story]

Tribunal Goes the Bash
A tribunal used "stereotyping of the worst kind" to deny compensation to a union delegate who went to the aid of an outnumbered security guard in a Narrandera pub brawl, the Supreme Court has found.

AMWU delegate, Antony Muilwyk, 57, needed 10 stitches in facial wounds after helping the guard escape assailants but the Victims Compensation Tribunal ruled his injuries would "not be unheard of in the robust pursuit of union endeavours". [full story]

Nurses On Top
Kiwi nurses are celebrating the end of an IR system being aped by John Howard with $10,000 a year wage increases.

Twenty thousand Nurses Organisation members voted up the historic "fair pay" settlement, last week, after years of community campaigning. [full story]


 Uni Rolled on Casuals

 Howard Strips GEERS

 Septics Dump On Aussie Jobs

 Banks Safety Interest

 Feds Should Help Kids

 Safety Stars at Opera House

 Three Dollars Free For Readers

 Toast the Days Of Old

 Clinton Boycotts Hotel

 Activist’s What’s On

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
When CPSU members at the Department of Workplace Relations were accused of being 'intractible' for refusing to sign a non-union EBA, they decided to fight fire with flair.

If you ever wanted a case study into the adage that big business is all about ‘privatising the profits and socialising the losses’ then look no further than the current skills crisis.

Let Them Eat Yellowcake


The Soapbox
The Big Picture
Think about this: It takes 150 tonnes of iron ore to buy a plasma TV, writes Doug Cameron.

The Locker Room
Reducto Ad Absurdo
Phil Doyle offers advice for the lovelorn, and finds that things are getting smaller

New Matilda
Work is In
The rise and fall of the working hours debate in france is relevent to Australian workers, writes Daniel Donahoo and Tim Martyn

The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP surveys the upcoming conservative centralist collective attack.

Postcard from Harvard
Australian union officials making the annual pilgrimage to the Harvard Trade Union Program learnt that, at least, they are not alone, says Natalie Bradbury.

LETTERS to the Editor
 The Auld Mug
 Banks Are Great

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