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Issue No. 280 09 September 2005  

The Perfect Storm
The mayhem and misery engulfing New Orleans and its surrounds is more than a human tragedy of mammoth proportions, it is the product of a convergence of events that could shift our worldview every bit as much as the attacks on September 11, 2001.


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.


 Telstra Cuts Off Sick Mum

 CFMEU Pulls $3M Bank Job

 Life Imitates Ad

 Equal Pay Unlawful

 AWA Threatens Kids

 Howard’s Porky Exposed

 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!


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.

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

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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Thongs Flap Into IR War

Musk lollies, thongs and coffee mugs are among the latest must have items in the fight against Howard’s industrial attack.

A 'Your Rights At Work' merchandising initiative by the ACTU is emblazoning everyday items with the campaign logo, helping it to reach saturation point in Australian workplaces, at community events, and on the street.

The items - which also includes bags, tops, a mouse mat, and a bright yellow safety vest - can only be ordered though unions and only by close of business Wednesday 14 September.

After that, the ACTU will assess the success of the endeavour before deciding whether to offer the goods again.

ACTU workplace marketing officer Charlie Yanni said response from unions had so far been positive, with t-shirts, lollies, and black shopping bags proving early winners in the popularity stakes, and the yellow safety vest taking a bit longer to catch on.

He said the ACTU came up with the idea because it recognised there was a need.

"We saw there was a need to brand 'Your Rights at Work' and get it out within working environments in a way that is instantly recognisable.

"We chose a mixture of practical, fun, and wearable items so people can make use of them in workplaces, on weekends, or at community events. They can be given out at Christmas.

"By offering these items to unions we free them up from the administration and make it much easier than if they had to source the products themselves."

Union members wanting something more from their Spring/Summer fashion collections, wishing to spread the word at work, or looking for that special gift at Christmas, are bound to find a befitting item.

But they are reminded the merchandising can only be ordered through their union and only until Wednesday 14 September. For more details and to view the catalogue email [email protected] or call 1300 362 223.


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