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Issue No. 301 31 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

Doctors Orders - Take a Walke
Moorebank doctors have used WorkChoices to punt a widow with 20 years service, without explanation.

The doctors, E Lau and K Lai, waited until John Howard's pro-sacking legislation was in force to drop new, non-negotiated terms of employment on three receptionists.  [full story]

Teens Changing the Landscape
Two Sutherland Shire teenagers joined the front line against WorkChoices after being paid $3.50 an hour on a central city construction site.

The would-be tradesmen flung in their first fulltime jobs after JAL Landscape and Construction dudded them on wages and allowances, and failed to register their apprenticeships. [full story]

Voters Desert Howard
Federal Labor will score an own goal if it ignores polling showing one in five Coalition voters switching sides on WorkChoices, according to Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson.

The survey shows the Howard Government’s industrial relations changes could produce a record swing to Labor, with Coalition voters abandoning the Tories in droves. [full story]

Electrical Boss Zaps Safety
A fully qualified A grade electrician working on the largest property development on the south coast has been sacked and replaced by a TV repairman after being told, “you’re the dear one”.

Mark O’Neil, employed by Mission Electrical, was punted days after WorkChoices came into effect after asking why his redundancy benefits hadn’t been paid. [full story]

Buggers in Office
The American-owned company driving John Howard's wage-cutting agenda is being accused of bugging Australian union delegates.

A stores worker at Dana Australia found a high-frequency listening device amongst metal parts on an office windowsill, after a day of intense negotiations.  [full story]

Pub With No Beer
Sixty sacked brewery drivers turned off the Tooheys taps at a popular watering hole after being punted by blue brew barons.

Contract drivers facing a loss of more than $20 million in pay-out entitlements are taking their case to Sydney drinkers with a petition calling on Tooheys to reverse its decision.  [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Telstra's Townsville Shocker

 ABCC: Safety a Gas

 Rough Night Pays Off

 Game, Set, Match Building Workers

 Feds AWA Offers No Choice

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We told you it would be bad .... even the beer stops flowing under Howard's industrial changes

E D I T O R I A L
No the sky didn’t fall in, but there were an awful lot of acorns falling on Australian workers this week as John Howard’s dream of a workplace without rights became a reality.

Road Rage

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
 Sing-a-Long Unions
 The Earl Speaks
 Market's Blind
 Hi Guys!
 Let Us Rejoice
 Tom's Bit

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