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Issue No. 298 10 March 2006  

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


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.


 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!


The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Hendersonís unique take on history

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

 Howard, My Part In His Downfall
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Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold

A calendar featuring well-built members of the Queensland BLF was among the winners at this year's ACTU annual awards.

Other gongs went to the Unions NSW regional bus tour, a TV celebrity and successful campaigns against individual contracts.

The calendar shared the Best Communications Strategy Award with the Queensland Teachers' Union/QIEU for their DVD and media strategy around 15 November.

The Organiser of the Year Award went to Greg Harvey from the RTBU National Office in Sydney. Harvey led a long-running campaign for a new collective agreement staff at Pacific National - the interstate rail freight company owned by Patricks and TOLL. Pat Preston of the CFMEU (Vic) was Highly Commended as an Organiser for his contribution to workplace health and safety for construction workers.

The Best Workplace Campaign Award for 2005 went to the CPSU for its campaign against AWAs and a non-union agreement in the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR). The ongoing workplace campaign against AWAs by the Ballarat University NTEU was Highly Commended.

Tim Brunero for his statement on Channel Ten's Big Brother program last July: "In a few years you will be reading the papers and it will suddenly occur to you that people are getting paid less. And you'll think back to this day and wish you'd fought the government harder. But by then it will be too late."

The Jennie George Award for promoting the role of women in unions was shared between the NSW Nurses Association for their aged care pay equity campaign and the LHMU for their childcare pay equity campaign.

John Robertson on behalf of Unions NSW collected the Your Rights At Work Award for the regional bus tour in September/October last year.

The annual ACTU Awards were presented at the conclusion of the ACTU Executive meeting in Melbourne at a function attended by around 80 union secretaries, officials and award winners last night.


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