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Issue No. 264 20 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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BHP Gets Decision to Die For
Australia’s biggest company is trying to deny South Australian asbestos sufferers access to the Dust Diseases Tribunal.

The AMWU and Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia are demanding urgent state government action in the wake of BHP Billiton’s challenge to a former employee’s right to gain compensation through the NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal.  [full story]

Howard Turns to Water
The federal government is prepared to squeeze states and individual farmers dry to sign them up for its bash a building worker campaign.

In a shock announcement, this week, the Commonwealth announced states that haven’t signed off on its construction industry code would be denied their shares of the national $2 billion water fund. [full story]

PM Noses into Pinocchio Territory
Forty five former RAAF engineers have caught the Prime Minister out in a bare-faced lie.

US aerospace giant, Boeing, this week used Howard’s laws to stand down Williamstown maintenance engineers pressing for a collective, union-negotiated contract. [full story]

Protest is Child’s Play
Kids’ icons the Hooley Dooleys will be the unlikely strike weapon in the fight for working rights, headlining a major protest the Sunday before the Howard Government takes control of the Senate.

The funsters will perform alongside big name entertainers and comedians at Sydney Olympic Park as working people and their families enjoy their "Last Weekend’. [full story]

A Baloney Deal Under Fire
Abalone "slave ship" operators are blocking efforts to check the welfare of Ukranian and Chinese workers afloat off Port Lincoln.

Husband and wife team, Leslie and Peter Wahlqvist, had 30 Aussie seafarers axed from the Destiny Queen, late last year, and replaced them with Ukranians and Chinese who aren’t allowed to set foot on Australian soil. [full story]

Decapitation Witness Dudded
A construction worker who saw his supervisor decapitated, and suffered serious back injuries, is unable to claim damages under NSW Workers Comp rules.

Construction Union secretary, Andrew Ferguson, says injured workers have fewer rights than criminals beaten in gaol. [full story]


 Newsroom Bullies Make Headlines

 Nelson Takes Axe To Brains

 Council Unhealthy for Families

 Top End Leader Backs Unions

 A Storm In Every Port

 Greens Go Rights

 Activist’s What’s On!

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The Greens are taking a graphic approach to the Howard government's workplace plans.

And so the circle is complete – the Howard Government is your new third party in the workplace, imposing its will on entire industries to force workers onto contracts – all in the name of removing third parties.

Who’s The Boss?


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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