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Issue No. 285 14 October 2005  

Interview: Under Fire
Michael Crosby outlines his agenda to save the movement – and explains why Australians have nothing to fear from the SEIU.

Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Wal King, Allan Moss, Roger Corbett, Chip Goodyear, Michael Chaney and David Murray have lots in common, writes Jim Marr.

Industrial: Un-Australian
Labour lawyer Clive Thompson argues the changes to IR are fundamentally at odds with the national tradition of consesensus.

Economics: The Common Wealth
As the policy wonks debate the future of our cities, Neale Towart mounts a simple argument: It’s the real people in a society, stupid

History: Walking for Justice
The Eight Hour Day, a very Australian celebration, had its origins in New Zealand it seems, writes Neale Towart.

International: Deja Vu
A group of trade unions have walked away from America's peak council, again. Labourstart's Eric Lee was there.

Legal: The Rights Stuff
Terror laws have sparked a fresh debate on a Bill of Rights - and workers have a bigger stake than ever before, writes Rachael Osman-Chin.

Review: That Cinderella Fella
Russell trades the phone for mitts in an inspiring cinematic slug-fest. Nathan Brown is ringside

Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
Mel Cheal asks who Howard thinks he is kidding to the tune of the ‘Dad’s Army’ theme song.

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Call Centre Dials Up Future
The entire workforce of one of the Howard Government's WorkChoice hotlines has learned first-hand about the future of job security, after being told not to turn up to work next week.

About 50 labour hire workers at the Artarmon call centre, employed on one-week contracts, received the news, last Friday, after getting only a 'handful of calls during the week. [full story]

Greenfields Become Cotton Fields
Canberra will promote individual contracts by allowing new businesses to negotiate wages and conditions with themselves, while threatening unions with bans, fines and deregistration.

John Howard's new workplace regime includes provisions for “greenfields” employers to write their own wages and conditions schedules. [full story]

PM Endorses Billy Boy Tactics
Federal Government has come clean on its plan to “billy” young Australians out of wages, holiday entitlements, overtime and penalty rates.

Billy is one of the stars of the Howard regime's $100 million campaign to convince Australians they will benefit from lower wages and inferior conditions. [full story]

Stats Go Missing
With lies, damned lies and statistics dominating the workplace debate, Canberra has decided to take statistics out of the equation.

An Australian Bureau of Statistics circular reveals the methods of pay setting component of the next two-yearly survey of Employee Earnings and Hours has been canned, ensuring there will be no statistical review of workplace change before Australians cast their ballots in the 2007 federal election. [full story]

Paper Tiger in Protection Racket
Non-unionists with problems at work will have to rely on a federal government agency with an abysmal enforcement record.

The Office of Workplace Services admitted to a 2004 Senate hearing that, in the 2002-03 year, it hadn't prosecuted a single employer, anywhere in Australia, for breaching an award or agreement.  [full story]

Thugs Are Go!
Peter Reith and Chris Corrigan would have got away with their assault on maritime workers if WorkChoices laws had been in force in 1998.

The tactics of sacking a workforce and shifting them out with balaclava-ed guards and dogs on chains would have been lawful under the proposed changes, legal experts have warned. [full story]


 Usual Suspects Bite Employers

 Pay Boss Opposed Living Wage

 Tele Enlists Boss’ Family

 Entitlements Go AWAy

 State Employees in Limbo

 Activist’s What’s On!

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Gotcha! The one worker the Daily Telegraph could find who supported WorkChoice was revealed to be a sister of her boss.

At every turn these laws are dripping with malice and gratuitous violence to an institution that has done so much to secure the Australian way of life.

$8.4 Million Dollar Tool The Secret Weapon


The Soapbox
No Place For A Woman!
Doreen Borrow spoke to the Public Service Association’s women’s conference in September about her experiences of working life that span seven decades.

North By Northwest
Phil Doyle returns from up north, where he survived on nothing but goodwill, good people and a great big orange bus.

The Locker Room
In which Whatsisname slams the recent poor form of Thingummyjig.

The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West MLC, gets all casual in his latest missive from the Bear Pit.

LETTERS to the Editor
 JWH's Inspiration
 Hooray for Robots
 Government's Dream
 Come Clean
 Good Guy Done Bad

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