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Issue No. 264 20 May 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Conviction Politics
In modern politics even ideology has become a matter of convenience; look no further than the principle that ‘third parties’ need to be removed from the workplace.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 BHP Gets Decision to Die For

 Howard Turns to Water

 PM Noses into Pinocchio Territory

 Protest is Child’s Play

 A Baloney Deal Under Fire

 Decapitation Witness Dudded

 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!

C O L U M N S

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

Parliament
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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Top End Leader Backs Unions


Australia’s smallest government is standing up to Commonwealth pressure to force individual contracts onto workers.

Unions NT has won a wide-ranging commitment from the NT Labor Government to reject individual contracts on the eve of an expected election announcement

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Claire Martin, has committed her government to supporting unions as Country Liberal Party leader Denis Burke refused to give any such commitment.

"With more than 95,000 workers in the Territory, the Labor Government can play an important role in defending decency for working people," says Irene Monro, LHMU NT Secretary. "Before Canberra's changes are rolled out we will work with the NT Government in a campaign to educate and inform the broader community about the effect of the proposed changes."

As well as not introducing individual employment contracts for Territory employees Chief Minister Clair Martin is supporting the right of entry to workplaces for union officials.

The agreement also contains provisions to not contract out Government services and to maintain union payroll deductions for its entire workforce.

Discussions are continuing with the NT government on six other points including job security, participating in the media unions info stalls at Labor MLA's shop fronts, community education, supporting union campaigns, joint strategies and Calling on all NT employers to resist the Howard Government's workplace agenda.


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