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Issue No. 280 09 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

Telstra Cuts Off Sick Mum
A fulltime Telstra worker who collapsed on the job was denied sick pay because her AWA stripped her of the entitlement.

The single mum's contract leaves sick pay in the hands of management, which refused point blank although she was taken off its premises in an ambulance. [full story]

CFMEU Pulls $3M Bank Job
The CFMEU has stared down another round of anti-building worker legislation to win more than $3 million for employees and small businesses stranded by a Marrickville developer.

Financier Macquarrie Bank coughed up the money after a two-week picket of an apartment development, following the collapse of builder, JLB. [full story]

Life Imitates Ad
The ACTU ad rubbished by John Howard has come true in real life for a Sydney mother of two.

Trainee bus driver Tracey Carpenter was sacked after State Transit refused to alter her rosters so she could look after her kids, aged two and four. [full story]

Equal Pay Unlawful
Federal Government's latest assault on collective bargaining has opened with a Bill that will make it unlawful for Australians to agitate for equal pay.

Amendments to the “Better Bargaining Bill”, passed through Parliament last week, ban employees, at different sites, from asking for similar wages or conditions, even when they are doing the same work. [full story]

AWA Threatens Kids
Harvey Norman, Liverpool, has sacked a Sydney Mum who queried an AWA that denied her the one weekend in three she spent with her children.

Melanie Reardon was also denied time off after her brother died, and says she was told, “everybody had to die sometime”, when she wanted to take her mother, who has cancer, for chemotherapy treatment. [full story]

Howard’s Porky Exposed
John Howard exaggerated the potential economic benefit of his decision to legitimise unfair dismissals by nearly 1300 percent, according to defence force academics.

The Australian Research Council-funded projected found that stripping Australians at workplaces of less than 100 people of unfair dismissal rights could create 6000 jobs, against the 77,000 claimed by the Prime Minister. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 STOP PRESS: Bank Pinged

 Thongs Flap Into IR War

 Dad Sacked Over Safety Fears

 News Leader in Advertising Stink

 PM’s Spin Hit for Six

 Daffy Ducks Dud Deal

 Canada Shamed

 Combet Stars At Rooty Hill

 Vanstone Backs Ciggie Salaries for Detainees

 Flicking the Super Switch

 Activists What's On!

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Feet first: Not just ordinary thongs, but thongs to protect the soul from the devils of workplace reform. Part of the high-fashion range of 'Your Rights At Work' merchandise available through your union.

E D I T O R I A L
The question we must ask ourselves is: are we really prepared to take this journey? Is this the sort of society we want to build? Is it too late to blow the whistle and appreciate what we are about to lose?

When The Levee Breaks

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Telstra Trauma
 Telstra’s Calling
 What Poor People?
 The Day

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