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Issue No. 270 01 July 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Battle Stations
Opposition leader Kim Beazley says he's ready to fight for workers right. But come July 1, he'll have to be fighting by different rules.

Unions: The Workers, United
It was a group of rank and filers who took centre stage when workers rallied in Sydney's Town Hall, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: The Lost Weekend
The ALP had a hot date, they had arranged to meet on the Town Hall steps, and Phil Doyle was there.

Industrial: Truth or Dare
Seventeen ivory towered academics upset those who know what is best for us last week.

History: A Class Act
After reading a new book on class in Australia, Neale Towart is left wondering if it is possible to tie the term down.

Economics: The Numbers Game
Political economist Frank Stilwell offers a beginners guide to understanding budgets

International: Blonde Ambition
Sweden can be an inspiration to labour movements the world over, as it has had community unionism for over 100 years, creating a vibrant caring society, rather than a "productive" lean economy.

Training: The Trade Off
Next time you go looking for a skilled tradesman and can’t find one, blame an economist, writes John Sutton.

Review: Bore of the Worlds
An invincible enemy has people turning against one another as they fight for survival – its not just an eerie view of John Howard’s ideal workplace, writes Nathan Brown.

Poetry: The Beaters Medley
In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Feds Threaten Hardie Battlers
The Howard Government is threatening Melbourne workers who marched in support of asbestos victims with $6600 fines.

Its Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has sent letters to the homes of around 100 people from Visy Cartons’, Broadmeadows, warning each that they face "a maximum penalty of 60 penalty units ($6600)" for joining the campaign against James Hardie. [full story]

Beasts of Bourbon Play Dog
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has locked its doors on the family of a 17-year-old apprentice, who was paid in bourbon.

Mark McGrath, who was employed by the HIA on an AWA (Australian Workplace Agreement), was bought four cans of bourbon by a contractor on the way home from work to make up for unpaid overtime. [full story]

Churches on Workplace Mission
Christian churches are seeking an IR summit with the Prime Minister, concerned his government is riding roughshod over Aussie families.

The National Council of Churches, which includes the leaders of 15 religions, wants a meeting with Prime Minister. [full story]

Unions Are The New Black
The website message board of glamour mag Vogue lit up last week as the fashion conscious reacted with alarm at Howard’s workplace laws.

The message board, normally the exclusive domain of fashion and beauty tips, was full of comments from fashionistas aghast at the proposed changes. [full story]

Muster Has Bosses in Fluster
Beneficiaries of planned workplace relations changes have taken legal action to keep thousands of Australians away from nationwide protests.

Big employers, Australia Post, Holden and Glaxo Kline were amongst more than a dozen companies that sought 127 orders against their own employees in a bid to stop them joining last Thursday’s rally that shut central Melbourne. [full story]

Workers Flood to Protests
Seven hundred people braved rising flood waters in Lismore to join more than 100,000 across the state in rallies against the Howard Government’s IR agenda.

Although their city had been declared a disaster zone, people battled to several venues to hear about the campaign on a Sky Channell broadcast that linked 220 venues. [full story]

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The message John Howard will be waking up to throughout the week - workers at Sydney's Harbour Bridge prepare for the banner drop.

E D I T O R I A L
Make no mistake, This campaign is on the rails – but it is a long and difficult track. For now we need to enjoy this week’s success, take a deep breath and keeping on working.

Yesterday’s Tool

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ‘The Nine Myths of Modern Unionism’

The Locker Room
Wrist Action
Phil Doyle trawls the murky depths of tawdry sleaze, and discovers Rugby is behind it all.

Culture
To Hew The Coal That Lies Below
Phil Doyle reviews Australia's first coal mining novel, Black Diamonds and Dust.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Workers Give In FNQ
 Power and the Passion
 Mao and Then
 The Third Way Hits A Dead End
 Unfair For All
 What Is To Be Done?
 Black Hawk Up

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