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Issue No. 299 17 March 2006  

For Queen and Country
There’s nothing like a Commonwealth Games – and one on home turf to boot – to get one thinking about Australia’s relationship with Britain and the monarch who still reigns over us.


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.


 Fleas Bite Back

 Visa Boss Restrained

 Howard's Holiday Secrets

 Picket Buster Carpeted

 No Ticket No Start For Asbestos

 On The Road Again

 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!


The Soapbox
Australian Fascism
Rowan Cahill critiques Gerard Henderson’s 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

 Revelations of St John
 Save Frost
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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.

"Bloody brilliant," was the reaction of Phil Shannon from Glen Innes upon hearing the news.

"We'll be getting people in from Inverell and Tenterfield as well. We should get a fair crowd."

Shannon, an employee of Country Energy, has been active in setting up a grassroots committee in the Northern Tablelands town, said news of the bus coming back to the community would be warmly welcomed by locals.

Last October Shannon and other workers from the local Country Energy depot were surprised and excited when the bus pulled up on its way to Armidale for an all too brief visit.

Country Energy workers spontaneously decided to follow the bus down to Armidale, a distance of over 100 kilometres, in order to attend the scheduled lunchtime meeting there.

This time they will have a meeting in their own town where the local community will hear about the next stage in the campaign to get rid of the unpopular WorkChoices legislation.

Glen Innes was one of many communities that had a large turnout during the November 15 National day of Action.

Starting in late May this year's tour will consist of five legs, covering the South, North Coast, North West, West and South West of the state.


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