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Issue No. 282 23 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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AWA Threat - Soy You Later
A Japanese woman was threatened with deportation if she didn't sign an AWA that stripped her of a dozen safety-net conditions, a Sydney court has heard.

Sachie Murata told the Industrial Magistrate's Court she didn't even know she had been employed under an AWA until informed by her solicitor, 18 months after the document was rubber stamped by the Office of the Employment Advocate. [full story]

'Drama Queen' Court Out ... Again
Nigel Hadgkiss” Building Industry Taskforce is running a political agenda on behalf of the federal government, according to a senior Brisbane lawyer.

Brock Miller, a partner with Quinlan Miller and Treston, made the allegation after the Taskforce pulled three coercion prosecutions, halfway through hearings, in the Federal Court at Brisbane. [full story]

Work Law Refugee Turns On Howard
A Coffs Harbour teacher who moved Down Under to escape Reaganomics in the US will become an Australian citizen so she can vote against John Howard's workplace laws.

She was just one of the many voices from regional New South Wales who spoke up at forums held as part of the Your Rights At Work tour across the north of the state last week. [full story]

Police Force Choice
A Sydney IT firm, offering supervisors the choice of signing AWAs or being stripped of their positions, called police when workers objected.

Warehouse supervisors at Express Data management in Botany were dismissed after objecting to what has been labeled “industrial blackmail” and taking industrial action. [full story]

Low Blow in Åd Wars
Union-busting lawyers Freehills have flagged a new industrial tactic by seeking orders for a unions to spend half a million dollars in advertising to call off strike action.

The gambit, part of an increasingly nasty battle being waged on the Pacific National work force, only failed when it was explained to the judge that it was impossible to organise advertisements in the time period given. [full story]

Free Lunches to Cost Wal-Mart
More than 100,000 US employees are involved in a class action that alleges retail giant, Wal-Mart, denied them meal breaks for years on end.

Their $66 million claim is one of dozens facing the corporate union-buster. [full story]

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 Star Chamber Faces Eclipse

 Mums Teach School a Lesson

 Sleepless In Seattle

 Safety Blitz After Accident

 Mushroom Mum Gets Satisfaction

 Builders Skirt Apprentice Claim

 Howard Threatens Wage Umpire

 Gunns Trained on Free Speech

 Activists What’s On!

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The union movement kicks off the next phase of its advertising campaign honing in on how industrial changes will kill of kids' sport.

E D I T O R I A L
Rural communities, more than the big cities, rely on their human capital, and speaker after speaker on the road trip made the point that changes to work were making it harder for them to commit regular time to communities.

A Hartsuyker Born Every Minute

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
 Fair Play
 Latham Lament
 Missed the Mark

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