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Issue No. 288 04 November 2005  

Terror Laws
It was poetic really, the WorkChoices legislation, all 1,000 plus pages of it, introduced into Federal Parliament this week under the cloak of terror.


Interview: Public Defender
The CPSU's Stephen Jones has confronted the Howard Government's IR agenda at close quarters.

Legal: Craig's Story
An inquest in western NSW is a cautionary tale of the use of AWAs, writes Ian Latham

Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
The WorkChoice legislation sends Australia down the wrong economic road by smashing the instittutions that have made it strong, argues Greg Combet.

Industrial: WhatChoice?
The Howard Government has shown itself to be the master of illusion, writes Dr Anthony Forsyth

Politics: Queue Jumping
The changes to industrial laws, betray a new vision of Australian society, writes James Gallaway.

History: Iron Heel
Conservative governments using laws to take away basic civil rights. It's nothing new, writes Rowan Cahill

Economics: Waging War
When was the last time you heard an Australian politician talk about incomes policy, asks Matt Thistlethwaite

International: Under Pressure
The push for UN intervention in Burma is intensifying, following a report by Vaclav Havel and Bishop Desmond Tutu into slave labour.

Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
More and more people are meeting Billy, the hero of page 15 of the WorkChoices booklet, including our resident bard, David Peetz

Review: A Pertinent Proposition
Nick Cave's "Australian western" touches on some themes still relevant today, Julianne Taverner writes.


 D-Day For Political Rights

 Bosses In Sack Race

 “Choice” By Decree

 Howard Barges Into Workplace

 Della Grounds Boeing

 Wal-Mart Sees the Light

 Libs Chicken Out

 Shame Ships Filch Fish

 Multis Line Up to Cheer

 Feds in Dock

 Santoro Waves Red Rag

 Activist's What's On!


The Soapbox
Men and Women of Australia
What makes a perfect speech? Michael Fullilove has scoured Australian history to find out.

The Locker Room
The Hungry Years
Phil Doyle gets the feeling we’ve been here before

From Little Things
Paul Kelly's song about the battle for land rights misses one important character, writes Graham Ring

The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at Public Private Partnerships, and wonders if we should all just drink rum…

 We're Next
 Australia, 2005
 Truth in Advertising
 Investment Advice
 What a Woman!
 It's Not Pretty
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Della Grounds Boeing

The NSW Government has used special ministerial powers to drag Boeing before the state industrial umpire in a bid to end a long running lockout.

Locked out Boeing workers from Williamtown have welcomed the move by the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca, to refer the Boeing dispute to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

"We'll back any avenue to end this dispute," says Boeing employee Adam Burgoyne from the Williamtown picket line. "We'll appreciate any help."

Burgoyne said the locked out workers, fighting Boeing's move to force them to stay on individual contracts, were resolved to stay the course.

"We're not going back until we get what we want,' says Burgoyne.

"It is abundantly clear the dispute cannot be resolved in the federal system," says Della Bosca. "The Iemma government is activating the Ministerial reference power of the State Industrial Relations Act to allow for the NSW Commission to inquire into the dispute.

"The failure of the Commonwealth to resolve this matter is a national disgrace and an example of how industrial relations issues will be dealt with under Mr Howard's brave new world of workplace relations.

"With the support and encouragement of the Howard government, Boeing continues to block a resolution by refusing to negotiate a collective agreement."

Della Bosca slammed the Howard government for failing to act, even though it had the power to intervene, accusing it of actively supporting one of the world's largest corporations in a battle with Hunter Valley engineers and their families.

"And these are the sort of workplace relations Mr Howard wants to impose on all Australians," said Della Bosca.

At the heart of the dispute is the refusal of the American corporation to allow workers a ballot on whether they should be covered by individual or collective contracts.

Howard supported Boeing's stance in Parliament, last month.


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