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Issue No. 262 06 May 2005  

Interview: Fortress NSW
NSW IR Minister John Della Bosca on how to win the battle for workers rights - and save the state system.

Unions: Fashions Afield
With new anti-sweatshop creations being paraded at this year's Australian Fashion Week, is equity the new black and are sweatshops the new fur? asks Tara de Boehmler.

Industrial: Pay Dirt
John Burgess argues that the flow-on effect from changing the minimum wage could be more than we bargained for.

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: Big Day Out
Neale Towart looks back on the events that created the May Day heritage.

International: Making History
Hundreds of aid organisations, charities, trade unions and religious groups have formed a global alliance called “ Make Poverty History”.

Economics: The Fear Factor
The solution to skill shortages is intelligent planning, argues John Spoehr

Review: The Robots Revolt
New kids flick Robot uses our electronic friends to teach audiences that inbuilt obsolescence is just a state of mind, writes Tara de Boehmler

Poetry: The Corporation's Power
The idea of a corporations power that could cure any ill has inspired our resident bard, David Peetz, to verse.

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Harmer FACS Families
The federal agency staging National Families Week is trying to rip family-friendly conditions away from thousands of its own employees.

Management at the Family and Community Services Department (FaCS) wants staff to cop cuts in personal, bereavement, carers and paternity leave while they push the official line about "recognising the importance of families and their valuable contribution to society". [full story]

Brats Drive Bus Row
Upstarts from Mater Maria College on Sydney’s North Shore showered abuse, including "wog" and "pig", on an immigrant bus driver before he drove them to Brookvale depot, this week.

The issue has blown up with the South American-born driver being suspended, and outraged parents claiming their mobile phone-toting offspring were "kidnapped". [full story]

Harsh Reality – Bella Turns Pink
A restaurateur embroiled in a high profile bid to foist individual contracts onto workers says a union campaign cost her reality TV votes.

My Restaurant Rules competitor and Pink Salt manager Bella Serventi was this week forced to repay workers more than $8,000 they were underpaid while on AWAs, championed by the federal government. [full story]

Rev Kev Blesses Bosses
Building workers risked being personally sued for learning about federal workplace laws this week, while Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, serenaded bosses at a business breakfast.

Andrews has said new industrial laws he is drafting, including substantial fines for rank and file workers, will be applied retrospectively – but he won’t be directing them at Adelaide employers who took time off work to listen to him. [full story]

Workers Online Legit
New laws guaranteeing your right to read Workers Online on the job have begun their passage through parliament.

The Workplace Surveillance Bill 2005 requires employers to notify workers if there is a policy of monitoring email and internet use and makes any form of covert surveillance a criminal offence unless a magistrate can be convinced there is a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. [full story]

Howard Rides Kiwi Model
It took New Zealand five years to turn around the economic and social devastation wrought by an IR regime being aped by Australia, a leading Kiwi politician has warned.

Government MP, Nanaia Mahuta, said nine years of life under the Employment Contracts Act, the blueprint for Howard’s agenda, left her country demoralised. [full story]


 Della Opts for Gaol

 Feds in the Dock

 Carr Race to Bottom

 Bosses Walk on Water

 Govt Gets Claws into Nurses

 Ion Faces Legal Probe

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Clean fashion - designers who shun sweat shops united under the Fair Wear banner for Australian Fashion Week.

For the ALP, it is a golden opportunity for brand differentiation – in an era when the Labor Party has been the big loser in the convergence of the parties and the shift to white bread politics.

Spun Out


The Soapbox
May Spray
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson delivered the annual May Day Toast - and warned it is no time to be comfortable and relaxed.

The Locker Room
A Rucking Good Time
Phil Doyle reveals many things, some of them useful

The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, is back to regale us with inside goss and intrigue from the Bearpit.

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