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Issue No. 295 17 February 2006  
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Please Explain
It may become the defining irony of the Howard Era that a government that rode to power on the skirt of One Nation and hung there on the bridge of the Tampa is now opening our borders to hordes of low paid guest workers.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Court's in Session
As the silks line up to challenge WorkChoices, Jeff Shaw is fighting for his own legacy - the NSW IR system.

Industrial: Whose Choices?
The Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation has been dissected by lawyers and the commentariat; now it's the turn of political economists.

Politics: Peter's Principles
Forget John Howard. The force behind WorkChoices is Peter Costello. The Prime Minister-in-waiting has devoted a lifetime to undermining the security and living standards of Australian families, Jim Marr reports.

Environment: TINA or Greener?
What does the greenhouse effect and legislation to control workers have in common, asks Neale Towart

History: Its Not Just Handshakes and Aprons
Power. They have it, we want it. Friendly societies tried to keep it for working people, writes Neale Towart

International: US Locks out Jose' Bove
The US Government has refused to allow France's most famous farmer Jose Bove into the country to address a conference

Education: No AWA - No Job
The Howard Government has given the Australian community its first view of the future by forcing new staff at Ballarat University to sign an Australian Workplace Agreement if they want a job, writes Jenny Macklin.

Culture: Jesus was a Long-Grass Man
The writings of a Middle Eastern theologian may provide guidance to those grappling with indigenous issues, writes Graham Ring

Review: Charlie the Serf
Nathan Brown takes the sledgehammer (and sickle) to Mr Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

N E W S

 Local Jockey Odds Shorten

 Conscience II - RU4 Aussie Jobs?

 Online Porkies Spark Class Action

 Captain Cook Discovers WorkChoices

 Skippy's Escape Breaks Law

 PM's Pay Day

 STOP PRESS - 262 Day Strike Set To Finish

 Strike Sticks it to Glue Boss

 Fair Pay Chief Wages War

 Millionaires Score Tax Break

 Memo Costa: Remember Your Roots

 Gate Crashing Gourmet

 Australia Mum On Basic Rights

 Filipinos Pay for Packed House

 Son of Wal-Mart Pinged $2M

 Trust Me, Iím a Unionist

 Activist's Whats On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Hitler in Bowral
Political censorship has made its wasy to the sleepy Southern Highlands, wrties Rowan Cahill.

The Locker Room
No Laughing Matter
Phil Doyle tries to take Australian sportspeople seriously, and fails.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West is mistakenly sent an advance copy of John Winston Howardís Little Blue Book of Australian HistoryÖ

L E T T E R S
 AWB Kickbacks to Iraq
 The Black GST
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Son of Wal-Mart Pinged $2M


Wal-Martís British subsidiary Asda has been ordered to cough up a total of £850,000 ($A2 million) for trying to bribe workers out of their union.

The company offered a 10 per cent increase to workers at its Washington depot, in North East England, if they gave up a union-negotiated collective agreement.

An employment tribunal found this broke labour relations laws and ordered the company to pay £2500 to each of the 340 workers.

The conflict began when Asda took over the depot and tried to bring conditions into line with nearby distribution centres.

A union agreement was drawn up under the new management, allegedly prompting the retailer to entice people away from the union.

"Last year Asda offered GMB members in Washington a pay rise of 10 per cent if they would give up their membership, but our members rejected this," Shane Kenny, acting secretary of British union GMB told the BBC.

"Asda have been found guilty of trying to bribe their way to a union free company."

Asda is considering an appeal.

American retail giant Wal-Mart is notorious for its anti-union stance.

Last year the chain was accused of closing a Canadian store because workers joined a union.


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