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Issue No. 257 01 April 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: [email protected]
Labor's Penny Wong has the job of getting more people into the workplace and keeping companies honest. In her spare time ....

Unions: State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson unveils the annual survey of attitudes of workers to their jobs, thier lives and the union.

Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Jim Marr unpacks the unlikely claim of a suburban house to be considered the New Mecca of the New Right …

Legal: Leg Before Picket
Chris White looks at how the federal industrial changes will impact on the basic right to strike.

Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Neale Towart asks why the only form of legitmate welfare seems to be going to the top end of town.

Health: Cannabis Controversy
Zoe Reynolds looks at how drug and alcohol testing is leading to some addled outcomes.

Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
As the indicators head south, Frank Stilwell wonders whether it is the way we do economics that is to blame.

History: Politics In The Pubs
Phil Doyle reports on the increasingly-popular Struggles, Scabs and Schooners day out.

Review: Three Bob's Worth
Doing their best Margaret and David, Tara de Boehmler and Tim Brunero have different takes on the new Australian flick Three Dollars.

Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
Workers Online bard David Peetz teaches how workers to dance to Howard's industrial laws.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Health System to Subsidise Shonks
Federal Government is moving to strip protections from hundreds of thousands of contractors in a move that will cost taxpayers up to $14 billion a year.

A discussion paper released by Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, proposes denying contractors access to the Workplace Relations Act, along with state occupational health and safety, workers comp and anti-discrimination rules. [full story]

Who Likes Bing Lee?
Bing Lee is using threats and pay offs to stop Villawood warehouse employees joining a union.

"Bing Lee’s slogan is ‘Everything’s Negotiable’," says Mark Ptolemy from the National Union of Workers (NUW). "That obviously doesn’t apply to their own workers." [full story]

Death Threats Shut Campsie
Police sealed off streets near the Campsie Railway Station yesterday after the sixth bomb threat on TCFUA offices in the space of three weeks.

All the telephone threats have been received since union reps went public about a clothing industry sweatshop at nearby, Bexley. [full story]

Thumbs Down for Union Busters
The federal government’s upcoming assault on trade unions will meet resistance from some unlikely quarters, with non-members and Liberal Party voters agreeing it won’t serve the nation’s interest.

The ‘sweeping industrial reforms’ will hit in a climate where voters of all political persuasions feel the economy is not delivering for working families.  [full story]

Advocate Pours Salt on Wound
Federal Government’s Employment Advocate is backing the tv restaurateur who wants to use AWAs to slash wages by $300 a week.

Channel Seven reality program, My Restaurant Rules, exposed the truth about AWAs when it broadcast an episode in which Pink Salt boss, Evan Hansimikali, tried to use the non-union individual contracts to impose massive wage cuts on staff. [full story]

United Front Beats Drug Boss
A nine-day lockout has ended with a comprehensive win for workers at Merck Sharp and Dohme’s South Granville factory.

The workers succeeded in securing a union endorsed EBA – the first for the pharmaceutical plant - with the support of the local community and other workers. [full story]

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Trotfest? Stars of the winning film in the MUA's inaugural 'Idol' competitiion for rank and file members.

E D I T O R I A L
How ironic if at his moment of greatest power, the man who flew so high came crashing to earth because he flew too close to sun.

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C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Notes From a Laneway
Mental Health Workers Alliance member Toby Raeburn shares a week on the frontline.

The Locker Room
War, Plus The Shooting
The Socceroos aren’t their own worst enemy after all, or so says Phil Doyle

Culture
Life Imitates Art
The jokes have been around for some time about the economic rationalist's approach to the orchestra, writes Evan Jones.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes the secret passage out of Macquarie Street to deliver his take on NSW Parliamentary Committees and other goings on.


LETTERS to the Editor
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