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Issue No. 261 29 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 Ö

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

Employers Desecrate Graves
Bosses chose the International Day of Mourning for those killed at work to call for occupational health and safety laws to be dumped.

Unions say the move by peak business group the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its head Peter Hendy was akin to using ANZAC Day to call for war pensions to be reviewed.  [full story]

Blackadder Bones Boss
The reinstatement of a union activist by the High Court has added to union confidence that the countryís top judges will not simply rubber stamp Howard Government industrial attacks on workers.

Meatworkers union leader Kath Evans has hailed the decision as a "win for all workers across Australia" and a classic example of the "little guy taking on the big guy".  [full story]

Tights Fail In Flight
Pinching and ill-fitting pantihose are causing grief for long-haul Qantas flight attendants, raising concerns they pose a health and safety risk.

Complaints about uncomfortable and poor quality pantihose have inspired the Flight Attendants Association to conduct a national survey of more than 1800 women who work on the Qantas' long haul routes. [full story]

Dick Tracy Booted In Blacktown
Five hundred council workers in western Sydney have walked off the job after managers were caught spying on staff.

The managers, who have been labelled Dick Tracy and Co by workers, were lambasted by the industrial umpire, who described their actions as "disappointing". [full story]

Cops Not Fashion Victims
Police officers will celebrate Fashion Week having won an edict that they are not required wear ties with cargo pants.

Under new uniform guidelines secured by the NSW Police Association, officers will no longer be obliged to wear ties while undertaking frontline operations. [full story]

Picnic On for Working Families
A massive family picnic day will be the centrepiece of a four million dollar grass roots campaign to educate the NSW public about the impact of upcoming changes to industrial laws.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson outlined the program of events at the annual May Day Toast, calling on activists to look beyond traditional marches and rallies to connect with the community and shift public opinion. [full story]

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"Our wealth is based on the graves of workers who perished." - NSW Premier, Bob Carr.

E D I T O R I A L
Just four days separate Anzac Day and the International Day of Mourning for Deaths at Work, but in the eyes of our leaders the gap could be 100 years.

Anzac Spirit

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 arenít 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.


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