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Issue No. 276 12 August 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: On Holiday
Historian Richard White looks back on the Aussie vacation - and finds a way of life is under threat.,

Unions: One Day Longer
Nathan Brown travels to the Boeing picket line and find a group of workers with a steely determination to stick together.

Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Jim Marr plays the Howard Government's industrial relations spin job on its merits.

Politics: Spun Out
Canberra’s latest campaign underlines the need for controls over government advertising, according to Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham

Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
Evan Jones explains how the way we purchase alcolohol reflects the type of economy we live in.

History: Taking a Stand
Neale Towart looks at two books that chronicle how to build community support against social injustice.

International: The Split
Amanda Tattersal outsider's account of an insider's shake-out at the AFL-CIO Convention 2005

Legal: Pushing the Friendship
George Williams argues that the federal government’s constitutional powers are not sufficient to enact a comprehensive national industrial relations scheme

Poetry: Simple Subtractions
The latest blitz of taxpayer-funded advertising has revealed a crisis of arithmetic in government ranks has moved resident bard David Peetz to prose.

Review: Sydney Trashed
Sydney band SC Trash are on a mission to give new life to folk and country music – and the politics of common sense. Nathan Brown had a beer with them

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L A T E S T   N E W S

“Disgusting” AWAs Court Out
A national bakery chain used AWAs to rip up to $3 an hour out of the wage packets of young Australians.

Judge Peter McCusker found Bakers Delight paid teenagers “grossly less” than award rates and said he was “troubled” that federal government's Office of the Employment Advocate had okayed the rip-off. [full story]

Andrews Agenda Rolled in DEWR
Thousands of public servants have knocked off an AWA-driven campaign to undermine their wages and conditions.

CPSU members at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations secured an in-principle deal, last week, that will maintain their access to the AIRC and deliver average 16 percent wage increases, over three years. [full story]

Sick Days Get Hadgkiss Sniffing
Building Industry secret policeman Nigel Hadgkiss wants thousands of dollars in fines imposed on Perth rank and filers who gave evidence for their union.

The CFMEU accused Hadgkiss of “victimisation” after his Taskforce filed prosecutions against job delegate, Peter Levy, and a crane drive in the Western Australian Industrial Magistrates Court.  [full story]

Fun Guy Skips Work, Docks Staff
Seventy mushroom pickers have lost a day's pay because their employer lacked the courage to front a union protest over its misuse of individual contracts.

Imperial Mushrooms locked their workers out when it learned of the protest by supporters of Carmen Walacz Vel Walewska, sacked after questioning the terms of an AWA that cut her take-home pay. [full story]

Nurse Launches Neighbourhood Alert
A Central Coast nurse, forced to use individual contracts against her staff, has quit to lead the charge against AWAs.

Genevieve Thyer letterboxed her Erina neighbours about how contracts threatened job security. [full story]

Security Staff Bush Whacked
George Bush’s National Labour Relations Board has ruled employers can ban employees from talking to one another inside or outside the workplace.

The Republican-dominated board endorsed the legality of a national security firm’s rule, that workers must not “fraternise, on duty or off duty, date or become overly friendly with client’s employees or with co-employees”. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Commo Bank Staff Force Smiles

 Cameron Gets ‘Fair Dinkum’

 Feds: Inconsistency “Not Inconsistent”

 Telstra Dials Up Cash Grab

 Howard Votes Family Last

 PacNat Troops Won't Be Railroaded

 All Aboard Vic Safety Train

 Activist's What's On!

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Sydney workers rally around Carmen Walacz Vel Walewska, sacked after questioning an award-stripping AWA

E D I T O R I A L
It is giving every impression of having sat back since last year’s election waiting to just waltz in and do to the Australian people what Julian McGaurin so eloquently did to the Senate this week

One Finger Majority

C O L U M N S

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, goes away for a couple of weeks and look what happens…

The Soapbox
The Last Weekend
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson's speech to the Last Weekend - how the Howard government laws will undermine the Ausrtalian way of life.

The Locker Room
A Concept Is Born
In which Phil Doyle helps the proponents of the vision thing across the road.

International
Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions

Postcard
London Post
During his recent stay in London IEU industrial officer John Shapiro was living only a few hundred metres from the site of one of the bomb blasts.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Farmers’ Best Friend
 Govt Has No Case
 Logon to IR
 Ears and Minds
 Howard on the Couch
 Which Bank?
 Kevin the Tool Man
 Tom On Safety

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