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Issue No. 261 29 April 2005  

Lest We Forget
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.


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.


 Employers Desecrate Graves

 Blackadder Bones Boss

 Tights Fail In Flight

 Dick Tracy Booted In Blacktown

 Cops Not Fashion Victims

 Picnic On for Working Families

 Skinny Pay Starves Weight Watchers

 Banks Get Work For Free

 Aged Care Workers Off Their Feet

 Cleaners Clean Up

 VSU Bad for Business

 Unions Urge Fair Go For Timorese

 Activistís Whatís On!


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

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

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.

 It's Criminal
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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.

Issues raised with the union include thermal discomfort and the dropping of the gusset causing heat rash and thrush.

"Panty hose is the flight attendants version of protective clothing," the FAAA's Andrew Smedley says.

"Our members are on their feet for excessive periods of time, they travel through multiple time zones and temperature zones so they need a quality product."

"We have no grievance with Qantas, we are collecting information so we can raise the argument on behalf of our members."

Qantas issues each attendant just 18 pairs of nylon-mix pantihose each year that must be worn for periods often exceeding 24 hours and re-used numerous times.

It is feared the ill fitting and uncomfortable garments could pose an occupational health and safety risk for the workers. Members also have the option of wearing trousers.

Rising Hemlines.

Meanwhile, fashion choices have returned to haunt a gaming room attendant who was told that because she posed in a bikini in a men's magazine and wore a mini skirt in public she has no right to refuse an order to wear revealing outfits at work.

The Federal Magistrate's Court told the attendant that throughout her employment at the Sydney hotel, she was never asked to do anything she was unwilling to do outside the workplace.

Telling the attendant that she had sex discrimination confused with sexual discrimination, Federal Magistrate Rolf Driver also dismissed allegations that her employer had sexually harassed her by pinching and squeezing her bottom and breast.

He said the evidence was unsatisfactory to uphold the claim but that 'something' had happened to upset her.

The LHMU said that although under the hotel award employers could dictate skirt lengths, if a worker feels the attire they are forced to wear is inappropriate they should be clear about their opinion and contact their union.


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