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Issue No. 279 02 September 2005  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Polar Eclipse
Academic David McKnight challenges some sacred cows in his new book "Beyond Left and Right".

Industrial: Wrong Turn
Radical labour reform is on the horizon but some workers, like Sydney bus driver Yvonne Carson, have seen it all before, writes Jim Marr.

Unions: Star Support
It wasn't just families who backed workers' rights at The Last Weekend, but a bunch of musicians who set the tone, writes Chrissy Layton.

Workplace: Checked Out
Glenda Kwek asks you to consider the plight of the retail worker, and shares some of her experiences

Economics: Sold Out
The Future Fund and industrial relations reform are favourite projects of the PM and the Treasurer. Both are speculations on the future and the only guarantee with them is that you will be worse off, writes Neale Towart.

Politics: Green Banned
The impact of new building industry laws won’t be confined to one industry, writes CFMEU national secretary John Sutton.

History: Potted History
Lithgow is a place with a proud history as a union town. The origins of broader community solidarity lie in the early industrial development of the town and the development of unions. The Lithgow Pottery dispute of 1890 was a key event.

International: Curtain Call
The curtains have opened for East Timor’s young theatre performers, thanks to a Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA project.

Review: Little Fish
At last! An Aussie film with substance, suspense and a serious dose of reality, writes Lucy Muirhead

Poetry: Slug A Worker
In a shock development, the Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, gave a ringing endorsement to the poetry pages of Workers Online, writes resident bard David Peetz.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Trucks Run Down Mums
Female workers on a peaceful picket line say they are being harassed after they had to dive for cover when a truck reversed at them.

Auto component manufacturer National Parts has been slammed for its heavy-handed tactics on the lawful and peaceful picket line. [full story]

Boom! Biff! It’s Howard Unplugged
A mine manager who stymied a safety inspection and shirt-fronted an organiser has threatened workers that their pay will be slashed if they join a union.

The incidents at Hartley - just west of the Blue Mountains – is a sign that the coming changes to federal industrial relations are emboldening employers to take on their unionised workforce. [full story]

Fun Guy Spreads Fertiliser
The employer at the centre of a row over AWAs at a Sydney mushroom farm has offered workers a $1000 “gift” in a bid to quell concerns amongst his workers.

Mushroom mum Carmen Walacz Vel Walewska and Imperial Mushrooms boss, Kevin Tolson, are before the industrial umpire as it emerged the lengths to which he will go to bury the issue. [full story]

Doors Close on Battered Mums
Community workers sacked on the spot when a Tamworth women’s refuge closed are setting up their own service in the street outside.

They took the drastic action after the Tamworth Women’s Refuge was closed due to a service “restructure”, leaving the more than 2000 families a year who use the service without adequate care. [full story]

Bing Lee Peddles Rubbish
A worker sacked by retail giant Bing Lee for putting rubbish in a dumpster has been reinstated with back pay in a ruling by the state’s industrial umpire.

Miguel Reyes, who had worked at the Villawood Warehouse for four years, was hurriedly sent packing soon after joining the National Union Of Workers. [full story]

Bless This Bus
A Bathurst preacher is so outraged by Telstra’s treatment of its call centre staff that he has cut a radio advertisement promoting the Rights at Work bus as it begins the second leg of its NSW tour.

Father Adrian Horgan has endorsed the tour and will be on hand to welcome the bus when it hits Bathurst, along with workers who can no longer access sick leave without permission from managers under a new AWA. [full story]

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 Check Work/Family Balance Here

 Tim Wins For Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

 Activists What’s On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
"We just have to keep hoping that there are voices of reason," Corrine Grant at the Last Weekend

E D I T O R I A L
The only place this wealth is shared is in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' survey of average earnings.

Junior Tool

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Families First
New Senator Stephen Fielding turned a few heads with his Maiden Speech to Parliament.

The Locker Room
The New World Order
Phil Doyle declares himself unavailable for the fifth and deciding test.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West, reports from the NSW Government's Safety Summit

Postcard
On The Bus
A bright orange bus travelling the state has become the focus of the campaign against federal IR changes. Nathan Brown was on board.


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