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Issue No. 268 17 June 2005  

Courting Public Opinion
This weekend marks a significant step forward in the evolution of union campaigning, with the launch of $8 million in advertising to hit the Howard Government where it hurts – in the lounge rooms of middle Australia.


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


 Insults Hertz

 Andrews Bends Over for Big End

 Boeing, Boeing Gone

 Cobb & Co Punt Parkes

 Corporates Arm Firing Squad

 Quad Gets the Brush

 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!


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

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

 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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US Backs Terrorists

US forces have joined Iraqi terrorists in their bid to squash the country’s fledgling trade union movement.

The Americans have imprisoned union leaders without trial and raided workers' offices, while 10 union reps have been assassinated by insurgents.

Representatives of six Iraqi unions arrived in the US this week to plead workers' rights to be respect in the new American-driven constitution.

"We need to get our voices heard and by coming to the United States we hope this will happen," said Adnan Rashed of the Mechanics, Printing and Metal Workers Union.

"We are trying so hard to organise workers and make our lives better."

Speaking at a new conference, the six said efforts to improve workers' lives had been actively opposed by foreign companies, insurgents, the US and Iraqi military.

Rashed said eight union activists were arrested by US forces in 2003 and held, without trial, for seven months until their release. He said offices had been raided and shout down by the military and a least 10 others had been tortured and killed by insurgents.

Falah Alwan of the Iraq Federation of Workers Councils cited a case where a woman working at a grain silo, had been labelled mentally unstable, for helping organise protests.

Faleh Abbood Umara of the General Union of Oil Workers said his union had opposed the introduction of US companies like Halliburton to Iraq, and continued to organise opposition to the US plan for privatisation of his country's oil resources.

The unionists are taking their message to 20 American cities before returning home on June 26.

Dogs Join Teamsters

Two Iowa dogs have been inducted into the Teamsters Union.

Echo, a yellow labrador, and Hank, a mongrel, were given honorary union cards--after uncovering more than $16 million in cocaine and marijuana during a recent vehicle search.

The police dogs' handlers are full members of the Teamsters Union.

Workers Online understands both canines were marked for "euthenasia" before being rescued from a Polk County pound.


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