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Issue No. 265 27 May 2005  
 
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.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Sign or You're Gone
A group of young Sydneysiders is resisting "sign or you're sacked" AWA ultimatums.

Storeman Daniel Pestano is not happy about the prospect of his workmates at Appaloosa Holdings, Banksmeadow, becoming the first victims of John Howard’s latest IR experiment. [full story]

Unions Back a Winner
The best tip on Sky Channel last Friday was that workplace rights were worth fighting for, and that unions are fighting to win.

Over 4000 union delegates attending meetings held at over 50 venues across the state were told, via the racing network, that a campaign against Howard’s workplace rights was winnable. [full story]

Howard Chases Nurses
Nurses will lose nearly 40 entitlements, including the right to "reasonable workloads", under dramatic changes flagged by Prime Minister, John Howard.

Their "reasonable workloads" clause, won by a three year campaign, has been credited with starting to turn around shortages that had pitched the public health system into crisis. [full story]

Victims Champ Joins Resistance
Asbestos victims champion, Bernie Banton, is urging Australians to get out and back trade unions in their battle for survival.

Banton, who has fielded Hollywood offers to put his life story on film, became the human face of a successful campaign against James Hardie’s effort to dud asbestos victims of compensation entitlements. [full story]

Red and Green Blue
Building workers have thrown a "red and green" ban on Redfern Oval in an effort to bolster South Sydney’s dream of returning to its spiritual home.

The move, blocking Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s plan to turn the historic footy ground into a "passive recreational space" tackles new laws that forbid building workers from participating in political campaigns. [full story]

Usual Suspects Lead Cheer Squad
There are no surprises in the cheer squad barracking for federal government’s agenda to lower Australian living standards and shred job security.

During the week, the Australian Industry Group (AIG), Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the Business Council of Australia (BCA), National Farmers Federation (NFF) and the Australian Mines and Metals Association outed themselves as likely beneficiaries. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Ugly Australian On Charges

 Aussies Longer and Harder

 Guard Attached, Then Sacked

 Doh – Homero Loses Voice

 Bunbury Families Win Payouts

 Double Standards For Dads

 Libs Back 'Illegal' Rally

 TAFE Teaches A Lesson On Winning

 Activist’s What’s On!

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Thousands of delegates meet to counter Howard's war on workers.

E D I T O R I A L
It is a mistake to see the upcoming battle over work rights as an industrial campaign; or even a political campaign; this is the next cultural battle, about the sort of society we leave our kids.

The End

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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