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Issue No. 282 23 September 2005  
E D I T O R I A L

Highway To Help
After five weeks, five and half thousand kilometres, and 40 regional town meetings attended by thousands of regional workers, the bright orange Rights at Work bus has finally come to rest.

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.

N E W S

 AWA Threat - Soy You Later

 'Drama Queen' Court Out ... Again

 Work Law Refugee Turns On Howard

 Police Force Choice

 Low Blow in Åd Wars

 Free Lunches to Cost Wal-Mart

 Robbo in Swan Song

 Howard Mines Pockets

 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!

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.

L E T T E R S
 Fair Play
 Latham Lament
 Missed the Mark
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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.

"I have given Express Data ten years of loyal service and now they want to force me to sign a contract," said one of the affected workers, Craig Trimmer, who was astounded at his treatment.

"It is nothing but corporate thuggery."

National Union Of Workers (NUW) organiser Amanda Perkins said she was surprised at the actions of Express Data.

"The company has acted completely unreasonably," said Perkins. "They have called police to try to remove our members from the premises and have tried to use security officers to throw me out of a meeting where we were seeking a reasonable resolution to this matter",

NSW Secretary Derrick Belan has branded the company's ultimatum as "outright industrial blackmail".

"Dismissal notices were issued to our members today because they took action in support of their colleagues," said Belan "Express Data's bullying tactics will not work. They have told their warehouse supervisors they must sign the individual contracts or be stripped of their positions.

"This Union will not allow that kind of outright industrial blackmail to happen.

"The Union is seeking an urgent compulsory hearing to get the company to withdraw their threats of dismissal against our members and to end their AWA ultimatum.

"Unfortunately, with John Howard's I.R. changes just around the corner, many companies now think it is open season on workers."


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