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Issue No. 274 29 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

Carr Fingers Feds
John Howard's determination to run roughshod over states' rights helped drive NSW's longest-serving Premier from office.

Bob Carr told Workers Online, Canberra's power grab had whittled away the ability of state governments to deliver services. [full story]

Boeing Scabs Take Flight
Boeing has taken out quarter page ads in national newspapers in an attempt to recruit strike-breakers for its RAAF Williamtown facility as Queensland-based employees refuse to cross the 10- week-old picket line.

Reports from Amberley suggest many workers there were not told, or didn't realise, they were being flown into the centre of a dispute over Boeing's refusal to give the Williamtown workers a collective agreement. [full story]

Billion Dollar Blow Hards
Unions and the ALP are in the High Court trying to staunch a leakage of public funds that has cost Australian taxpayers a billion dollars.

They placed their demand for accountability on political advertising before the court, after Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, snubbed lawyers' letters seeking authorisation for his $20 million spend on behalf of Canberra's beleaguered workplace agenda. [full story]

Door Closes on Foot Soldier
The military style management of a Patrick's 'footsoldier' from the waterfront dispute has resurfaced at rail giant Pacific National, where it has led to plummeting morale and bewildered train drivers.

Ex-military officer Kieron Wain's bizarre behaviour as manager at Port Waratah in Newcastle culminated in him removing a meal room door to stop drivers “hiding”. [full story]

Andrews Ropes In Footy
Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews will over-rule the effects of a 2003 case that delivered award minimum payments to tens of thousands of Victorian shoppies.

Andrews promised Queensland employers this week he would legislate to end roping-in provisions that unions have used to ensure people outside the reach of awards received minimum conditions. [full story]

Gooooood Morning Sydney!
The brand new smile at the bottom of the dial from August 1 is Sydney's latest and greatest breakfast radio show.

Move over Merrick and Rosso, Workers Radio is set to hit the airwaves on 88.9FM from 5.30 to 9.00 on weekday mornings. [full story]

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E D I T O R I A L
Conservatively, they have spent more than $100 million taxpayer dollars to denigrate unions and union members.

Unfairness For All!

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
 Don’t take your Gunns to town
 Yankee Panky
 Poetry in motion
 Losing the faith

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