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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 wonít 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 Timorís 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 Ňd 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 Whatís 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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Sleepless In Seattle


Locked out Boeing Workers from Williamtown, north of Newcastle, are taking their case all the way to Seattle to front the boss of aerospace multinational, Boeing.

The workers, who have just squashed an attempt to bring strike breaking labour hire workers from Melbourne, will be seeking to tie the Williamstown dispute to a strike by 18,300 US based Boeing workers.

Members of the International Aerospace and Maintenance Union employed at Boeing have been on strike for two weeks as part of their campaign for a new collective agreement.

Adam Szady and Adam Burgoyne, Australian Workers Union delegates at Boeing Williamstown, have joined Bill Shorten from the AWU on the trip.

Szady and Burgoyne will be speaking to the US colleagues on picket lines in the States, while Shorten is pushing for a meeting with Boeing CEO John A Bell.

They are hoping that they can include in the resolution of the US strike recognition of a collective agreement at Williamtown.

The locked out Williamstown employees, who are refusing to sign individual contracts, have celebrated a minor win after attempts to bring 20 strike breakers up from a Melbourne aviation labour hire firm have been squashed after representations were made to the firm concerned.

The workers also have a case pending in the AIRC that would see whether or not employees wanted a collective agreement put to a secret ballot.

"We'll be leaving no stone unturned until we get the resolution we are looking for," said local AWU organiser John Boyd. "We've been here for 115 days and we'll be here for another 115 if we have to.

"Boeing has to wake up to that."


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