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Issue No. 298 10 March 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.

Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Post’s dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.

History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameron’s demise may be premature

Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy

International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility

Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement

Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a ‘cultural museum’.

Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.

Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Wipeout: Minchin Surfs New Wave
If the Coalition scores another federal election victory, it will reprise Work Choices with a new attack on working families under a cloak of secrecy, senior Ministers confirm.

Finance Minister, Nick Minchin, told an audience of Right Wing activists his government wanted to bulldoze another round of workplace change over the opposition of Australian voters. [full story]

Scoop-idity: How The Truth Was Nicked
Nick Minchin's 'secret' revelation that he wanted another wave of industrial reforms was delivered to an open session of the HR Nicholls Society with a reporter's tape recorder in clear view.

The journalist who broke the story, David Vincent, told Workers Online the forum was even advertised on the Workplace Express website that he edits. [full story]

Howard's Bastard Under Lock and Key
Billy has been locked in the closet for months and the federal government shows no sign of letting him out.

Billy was the callow youth who nailed the Prime Minister's “choice” lie in the lead up to Work Choices. [full story]

Bank Shops Skilled Workers
An aggressive community campaign has beaten off Qantas plans to sack 2500 skilled workers but 480 Sydney families will be sacrificed to Macquarie Bank greed.

Business Council heavyweight, Geoff Dixon, has pulled back from his threat to outsource the company's entire heavy maintenance operation to low-wage Asian workshops. [full story]

Debnam Dogs on Libs
Workers are celebrating after NSW Liberal leader, Peter Debnam, ratted on Work Choices.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said Debnam's support for moves to protect public servants from the legislation showed unions were winning the war against Howard's IR laws. [full story]

Jacko: "I'm Bad"
Michael Jackson shapes as the ever-changing face of Work Choices- after being sprung not paying employees at his Neverland ranch.

Jackson was ordered to shut down by California authorities, when it was revealed he owed workers more than $US300,000 ($A400,000) in wages and had let his worker's compensation policy lapse. [full story]

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Muscling Up ... Construction workers take out a gong at the Union Oscars

E D I T O R I A L
For individuals within the ALP to wake up one day and conclude, like Alice in Wonderland, that these ‘evil factional warlords’ exist is a bit like discovering the house has foundations and beginning a campaign against bricks

Enterism

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Henderson’s unique take on history

Parliament
Westie Wing
Will Westie's Wings be clipped, or will the Hills Angels repent and deliver?

The Locker Room
The Heart Of The Matter
Phil Doyle rolls up the red carpet and celebrates the death of an old foe


LETTERS to the Editor
 Howard, My Part In His Downfall

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