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Issue No. 299 17 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

Fleas Bite Back
Bushies who refused to share digs with rats, feral cats and sewage are being hunted by city lawyers bankrolled by the Howard Government.

Corporate law firm, Freehills, has been contracted to track down blue collar workers who objected to “fleapit” conditions and prosecute them in court. [full story]

Visa Boss Restrained
A Temporary Personal Protection Order has been slapped on a boss using cut-price guest worker visas after a Canberra Magistrate's Court heard he issued death threats.

“He said he was going to smash my 'maggot head' and kill me,” said worried union organiser David Bibo.  [full story]

Howard's Holiday Secrets
Canberra's infatuation with secrecy is driving campaigns to steal public holidays and slash the living standards of South Australian families.

Secrecy underpins the terms of guest labour visas and Australian Workplace Agreements. They come together at South Australian meatworks where the terms of thousands of workers, including hundreds of imported Asian labourers, are kept secret, by law. [full story]

Picket Buster Carpeted
A contractor who drove through a picket line in his four-wheel drive has been barred from a North Queensland workshop.

AMWU members at Hastings Deering, Townsville, are celebrating the banning of Clifford Buckby, following an Industrial Relations Commission conference, last week.  [full story]

No Ticket No Start For Asbestos
Local rail workers have blown the whistle on asbestos exposure at suburban Sydney rail stations, prompting RailCorp to pull the pin on contractors whose work saw the deadly dust blown around ticket offices.

“It was only because of the good work of local rail workers on their OH&S committee that this contamination was identified and now is finally being dealt with,” says NSW Rail Tram and Bus Union secretary Nick Lewocki.  [full story]

On The Road Again
The bright orange Your Rights At Work bus is set to return to NSW roads in a reprise of the successful 2005 regional tour, which saw 29 grassroots groups set up across the state by local activists campaigning against Howard's workplace laws.

This year's tour features an expanded itinerary, running from the end of May to late July and taking in more regional centres, including Tweed Heads, Glen Innes, Broken Hill and Cobar. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 WorkChoices Goes Mental

 United Cuts Hit Turbulence

 Bad News for Bullies

 Vegie Contracts Poisonous

 Mac Attack

 Work Choices Canned

 Work Pressure Kills: Judge

 Activist's What's On!

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Mombastic ... Reg Mombassa is one of the artists lending their talents to the Your Rights At Work campaign

E D I T O R I A L
Since that vote our national self-image has taken a buffeting - the Bali bombings, war on terror, Tampa panic and lager louts wrapped in Aussie flags.

Euthanasia For All, Not Just The Rich

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
 Revelations of St John
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