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Issue No. 268 17 June 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Baby Drought
Social ethicist Leslie Cannold has delved into why women - and men - are having fewer children. And it all comes back to the workplace.

Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
David Peetz uncovers the truth behind the latest statistics on earnings under Australian Workplace Agreements.

Workplace: The Invisible Parents
Current government policies about work and family do not reflect the realities of either family life or the modern workplace. writes Don Edgar.

History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
The Big Fella, Jack Lang, gives an eyewitness account of the last time Conservatives tried to dismantle Australia’s industrial relations system.

Politics: All God's Children
The battle for morality is not confined to Australian polittics. Michael Walzer writes on the American perspective

Economics: Spun Out
The business groups are feeling cocky. The feds have announced their IR changes, business says they don't go far enough. What a surprise, writes Neale Towart

International: Shakey Trials
Lyndy McIntyre argues the New Zealnd IR experiment provides warnings - and hope - for the Australian union movement.

Legal: Civil Distrubance
Tom Roberts argues that there is more at stake than an attack on building workers in the looming legsilation.

Review: Crash Course In Racism
Paul Haggis flick Crash suggests that when cars collide the extent of people's prejudices are revealed sans the usual veil of political correctness, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: You're Fired
New laws will leave bosses holding the whip and workers with a Raw Hide, writes resident bard David Peetz

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Insults Hertz
Car detailers at Perth airport are being threatened and abused in a bid to keep them on below-par individual contracts.

The workers have been called "wankers" and received threatening messages in Hertz envelopes. [full story]

Andrews Bends Over for Big End
Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, is considering dealing energy multi-nationals a no-strike trump card to play against Aussie families.

Andrews is mulling over a radical demand to ban all strikes in oil, gas, power and possibly other sectors. The proposal, which breaches core ILO conventions, has been served up by a business taskforce, backed by corporate law firm, Clayton Utz. [full story]

Boeing, Boeing Gone
Workers who maintain the RAAF’s FA18 Jet fighters used in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq are being denied the right to choose a collective agreement.

"It seems funny that John Howard can fight for freedom in Iraq but not in Williamstown," says workplace delegate Adam Szady. "For four years we’ve tried individual contracts and they don’t work. It just pits worker against worker." [full story]

Cobb & Co Punt Parkes
A western NSW textile worker is challenging a Federal pollie to live on 80 cents an hour.

Anthony Dawson is one of 108 workers who face redundancy after Australian Topmaking Services announced they were moving their Parkes plant to China where textile workers get 80 cents an hour. [full story]

Corporates Arm Firing Squad
New Commonwealth Bank chief, Ralph Norris, takes the reigns as big businesses gears up for a job-slashing orgy expected to pitch tens of thousands of people into dole queues.

The Finance Sector Union, representing 15,000 CBA staff, is seeking a clear the air meeting with Norris, a Kiwi with form. [full story]

Quad Gets the Brush
A Canberra father's early mornings spent scrubbing toilets and mopping floors have been rewarded with below award wages and a vanishing employer.

This week his plight was outed when the cleaning contractor that turned a blind eye to the employment practices of its subbies scored the LHMU's annual Toilet Brush Award. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Practical Joke Costs Police

 Unions Target Soap and Grunt

 US Backs Terrorists

 Royalty Held Hostage in WA

 Bad News Rising On AWAs

 Workers Exercise Choice

 Howard Scores Own Goal

 RailCorp Shocker

 Activists Whats On!

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The Your Rights At Work campaign moves onto the small screen this week with the launch of a television advertising blitz to spread the word about the workplace law changes

E D I T O R I A L
While the idea of delivering union members’ hard earned money to the media moguls may be difficult for some to take, it is an opportunity to put forward a clear message to the public, undiluted by the biases of the mainstream press.

The $50 Million Man

C O L U M N S

The Locker Room
Ashes to Dust
In which Phil Doyle travels to distant lands in search of a meat pie, and prepares for the joys of sleep deprivation

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West lists the Top Ten reasons why workers in NSW can gain some solace from having the Labor Party sitting on the Treasury benches…

The Soapbox
Dear John
In response to this year’s Federal Budget, Bishop Kevin Manning wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard


LETTERS to the Editor
 Wandering In The Wilderness
 Once Upon A Time In America
 The Truth Is Out There
 History Repeats
 Cash Cow On Private Tax Farm

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