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Issue No. 283 30 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

Brazilians Score at Rocky
A team of skilled Brazilian meatworkers has destroyed the myth that guest workers undermine local wages and conditions.

The 98 South Americans have been welcomed into the North Queensland community and labelled a “success story” by local trade unionists.  [full story]

PM Discounts Fair Go
John Howard has unveiled a plan to make Australians pay over $30,000 to challenge unlawful sackings.

Lawyers say the Prime Minister's plan to offer $4000 towards legal fees in suitable cases will help only a handful of people due to the expense and difficulty of the type of actions that will be available once the government introduces its IR changes. [full story]

Centrelink Crashes Internet
Centrelink has blocked staff from web or email contact with their union in response to calls for boss, Jeff Whalan, to help solve an escalating enterprise bargaining stand-off.

The CPSU issued a series of emails and posters calling on Whalan to drop his Pontious Pilate stance to stalled negotiations. Whalan responded with an improved offer then pulled all electronic contact with the union, making it impossible for members to comment or vote on his revised position. [full story]

On Yer Bikes
Sydney bus drivers, fresh from raising $62,000 for kids with cancer, will lead a campaign to pedal all over federal government's workplace changes.

The RTBU members are appealing for other workers to join them on a four-day bike ride to Canberra where they will petition parliament to reject John Howard's plan to sideline collective bargaining, strip entitlements and green-light unfair dismissals. [full story]

Road Toll Off The Rails
Rail workers have warned a Pacific National plan to close its Tasmanian freight operations will cost lives.

The decision, which the company blames on a collapse in the state's rail infrastructure, will see 2,000 extra road container movements every week. [full story]

Part-Timers in Bank Heist
Corporate part-timers at the Reserve Bank pocketed pay hikes of up to 60 percent, just days after their organisation held enterprise agreement staff to four percent movements.

Five of the Bank's six non-executive directors, tasked with attending 11 meetings a year, will trouser between $50,000 and $60,000, for their efforts, up from $30,000 to 40,000 previously. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 It’s Eight Against Eight

 OEA Says Plaque You

 Kez and Rupe Tighten Grip

 Feds Get Blank Cheque

 Rev Kev Absolves Killers

 Turning Business Upside Down

 Stink Over CountryLink Shrink

 Nurses Brush Sick Offer

 Men Make Permanent Choice

 Activist's What's On!

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Building workers prepare to enter a new era of harrassment and intimidation by government investigators.

E D I T O R I A L
Who are the footy dads? They can be blue collar or white collar, they can even be Mums! What drives them is that they want to have a life that extends beyond the workplace.

The Demolition Man

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
 Four Cornered Rat
 Hrowad’s Meixd Msesgaes
 Caveat Emptor
 Shop Front
 Petrol Price of War
 Unionist Slain
 Last Long Weekend

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