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Issue No. 298 10 March 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Home Truths
The truth has been breaking out in all sorts of strange places this week.

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 Postís dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.

History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameronís 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: Howardís 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 Ďcultural museumí.

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.

N E W S

 Wipeout: Minchin Surfs New Wave

 Scoop-idity: How The Truth Was Nicked

 Howard's Bastard Under Lock and Key

 Bank Shops Skilled Workers

 Debnam Dogs on Libs

 Jacko: "I'm Bad"

 Computer Strike Could Crash System

 Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold

 Andrews Cops Legal Buffeting

 Brough Love for Women

 CFMEU Aids Escape

 Hunt on for Asbestos Crims

 Unions Counsel Queen

 Guests Get Pizza Topping

 Download a Pollie

 Activist's What's On!

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Hendersonís 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

L E T T E R S
 Howard, My Part In His Downfall
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News

Computer Strike Could Crash System


Sydneysiders could be struck by major computer glitches as 150 technicians strike over National Cash Registers attempt to hold down their wages.

The Australian Services Union has warned consumers a range of industries will be affected by the week-long technicians' stoppage.

The action begins at 6.30am on Monday, March 13, and means computer problems will not be addressed at NCR clients across a range of industries.

The following operations are all handled by NCR:

- Sydney Airport ticketing and IT for major airlines including Qantas.

- Baggage handling technology at Sydney Airport.

- Regional ATMs across Australia

- ATMs operated by CBA, Westpac and ANZ and credit unions

- IT systems for Wollongong University

- KFC outlets

- Aldi supermarkets

- public schools across Australia

- private company with Dell Computers

ASU secretary Sally McManus said the strike is in response to repeated attempts to negotiate a pay rise to keep track with inflation.

"Workers at NCR have had to cope with an increase in motor vehicle costs of almost 18 per cent over the past five years, while petrol prices have risen by

65 per cent over the same period, but NCR has increased allowances by less

than six per cent," Ms McManus said.

"They are concerned that NCR is attempting to stonewall so they can use the Howard Government's WorkChoices laws to cut away at wages and conditions. These workers do not want inconvenience the public, but they have no option."


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