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Issue No. 271 08 July 2005  

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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Then There Were Three
Australian workers will be left with just three core entitlements � the minimum wage, unpaid parental leave and sick leave � if Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews gets his way.

The traditional five-day working week, penalty and overtime rates will all be up for grabs under the federal government�s new regime, Andrews admitted, last week. [full story]

Dad's Choice Goes AWAL
A 52-year-old father of three has been sacked for refusing to sign an AWA with his employer of 26 years.

Masterton Homes told carpenter Phil Withington to sign the AWA, which would have slashed his family�s income by more than $7000 a year, or he wouldn�t have a job. [full story]

OEA Invokes Sgt Schultz
More than 80 percent of AWAs being lodged with the Office of the Employment Advocate cover new starters who get no choice in the matter, according to a senior staffer.

On the condition of anonymity, he said last week, that "around 85-90 percent" of new AWAs coming across the Advocate�s desk are for new starters. [full story]

CFMEU Resists Standover Tactics
Kevin Andrews is threatening building industry employers with a federal government blacklist, in defiance of advice from his own department.

The Workplace Relations Minister, last week, tried to stop thousands of Victorian companies signing off on a negotiated agreement with the CFMEU by holding hundreds of millions of dollars worth of government projects over their heads. [full story]

Tall Tales and Two
The Howard government is telling employees one thing and employers another as it scrambles to salvage its IR agenda.

Two fact sheets produced by the government under the banner of �Building Better Workplace Relations� reveal inconsistencies. [full story]

Corrine Throws Stones
Glass House star Corrine Grant has pitched into the Rights at Work campaign and will MC the massive family protest planned at Sydney Olympic Park for August 7.

Momentum is building for the �Last Weekend� as regional communities around the state plan local BBQs to back the Sydney day. [full story]


 Cardinal Adds Weight to Concerns

 Bosses: Unions Beat AWAs

 16 Hours to Recover Worker

 Choice Gets Confusing

 Attack Derailed In Qld

 PM Pulls Rank On Ads

 HT Lee Gravely Ill

 Activists Whats On!

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"We've had a long period of prosperity in Australia and I think that means that the necessity for radical change needs to be established," Cardinal George Pell

At the end of the day the question comes down to this: how can taking away workers rights and weakening Australian families be in the national interest?

Hanke Panky


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.

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

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
 Don�t Call Me Customer
 Do It Yourself?
 Vale the Eight Hour Day
 The vision thing
 Campaign Pushes Right Buttons
 It�s Time to Punt the PM
 Bob Each Way
 Ads Value
 Travel Allowance?
 Hits the Mark
 Reforms not an Erosion

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