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Issue No. 300 24 March 2006  

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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Mr Andrews Decrees
Self-appointed Workplace Czar, Kevin Andrews, is telling porkies about the minimum wage, according to an experienced IR lawyer.

Andrews has denied claims that a slew of WorkChoices regulations, released under cover of the Commonwealth Games, allow bosses to undercut the minimum wage.  [full story]

Year Zero Set for Monday
Australians trying to protect safety and living standards have been pitched back to “Year Zero” by WorkChoices regulations.

Dozens of disputes, legally pursued under Howard Government laws, will become illegal today (Monday) and go on ice, for at least eight weeks, while affected workers are put through a series of bureaucratic and legal hoops. [full story]

Secret Police Visit Workers
John Howard's building industry spooks are amongst thousands of people who get their news from Workers Online.

The Building Industry Commission has demanded an urgent meeting with CFMEU branch secretary, Andrew Ferguson, over comments it read on Workers Online.  [full story]

PacNat Back On Track
Pacific National workers have knocked off a 12-month campaign to push them onto a non-union agreement on the eve of WorkChoices.

With WorkChoices on the horizon, PacNat drove an aggressive campaign, pushing pay cuts for new starters, staffing cuts, and sidelining the union. [full story]

Print Bosses Finger the Bush
Peak employer bodies are celebrating WorkChoices by stripping thousands of dollars a year off rural families.

The Printing Industry Association and Australian Industry Group (AIG) have refused to flow on skills-based payments to thousands of people in the Bush, employed under the Country Printing and Publishing Award. [full story]

Whinger Draws Fire
John Howard has labelled two courageous Sydney Mums “whingers”.

The Prime Minister claimed, last week, that the only only Australian who needed to worry about his Government's decision to remove unfair dismissal rights was the office whinger. [full story]


 Coonan Practises Her ABC

 National IT Win

 RailCorp Shtum On Asbestos Stations

 Deaf Bank Pinged $145,000

 Phantom AWA of the Opera

 Crane Company Hooks Workers

 Umpire: Dump Contractors Now

 Lift Companies Promote Falls

 Activists What's On!

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Touch one, Touch all! A Rights at Work touch footy team has emerged victorious in the Liverpool League.

The dream of an all of movement voice is slowly making its way from its online source, into the magazines that are starting to see the benefits in building a sense of movement outside their specific member focus.

The Deck Of Tools


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

LETTERS to the Editor
 Bully for Us
 Onya, Pete!
 Blind Johnny

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