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Issue No. 302 07 April 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Head On
John Buchanan has been warning that WorkChoices would be a car crash. Now he surveys the damage.

Unions: Do You Have a Moment?
CFMEU Mining national secretary Tony Maher lets fly at the new industrial laws.

Industrial: Vital Signs
In his new book, Craig Emerson argues that destroying unionism will not be in Australia's long term interests.

Economics: Taxing Times
Frank Stilwell argues that there are progressive alternatives to the slash and burn approach to tax reform.

Environment: It Ain’t Necessarily So
Don't let anyone tell you that jobs and the environment are opposities, argues Neale Towart.

History: Melbourne’s Hours
Neale Towart reluctantly pays homage to Victoria's celebration of the eight hour day.

Immigration: Opening the Floodgates
John Howard is deciding more and more foreign workers should come into this country - without the rights of citizenship, writes John Sutton,

Review: Pollie Fiction
For someone barely 25 years Sarah Doyle has an enviable track record in theatre behind her.

Poetry: The Cabal
Poetry returns to Workers Online with this rollicking ode to employer power.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Abattoir Boss Slaughters Andrews
The owner of the meat works at the centre of the first national WorkChoice showdown has conceded he backed down because of union negotiations, not the Howard Government’s new inspectors.

A letter written to 29 workers on Thursday withdrawing their terminations directly refutes claims made by federal workplace relations minister Kevin Andrews 24 hours earlier that he had solved the dispute.  [full story]

More Slaughter in South Australia
Queensland-based meat operation, Teys Bros, used WorkChoices to cut earnings at a South Australian shed by up to $400 a week, and punt two union delegates.

Around 20 union members were locked out after they refused to sign take-it or leave-it AWAs that stripped holidays, including Australia Day, and undercut EBA rates. [full story]

Pickets Won't Face Cannon
NSW Police Service water cannons won’t be aimed at striking workers, thanks to a Unions NSW -Police Association agreement.

The Police Association Executive passed a motion last week endorsing the use of the water cannon for incidents of public disorder but not in cases that involve a union protest.  [full story]

Teens Win Thousands
Two Sutherland teenagers are divvying up $13,500 after Sydneysiders backed their campaign to shame the boss who paid them $3.30 an hour.

Stephen Pemberton and Brett Conlon took to the streets with leaflets exposing the actions of JAL Landscape and Construction which employed them on as apprentice carpenters. [full story]

Praise the Laws
John Howard has blessed religion as the latest union-busting tool for bosses.

Employers who are members of anti-union religions can unilaterally bar union officials from their workplaces through the “Brethren clause” in WorkChoices regulations. [full story]

Where The Bloody Hell Is Our Contract?
Another tourism promotional campaign has entered into the world of controversy after a major advertising company attempted to use non-union contracts.

The Equity Division of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has chalked up another victory in attempts to undermine union contracts for actors working on television ads. [full story]

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E D I T O R I A L
What will now go down in industrial lore as the ‘Cowra Clause’ goes to the very heart of WorkChoices by placing an operational override on the provision of workplace rights.

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C O L U M N S

Politics
Democracy in Action
Former NSW Premier Neville Wran's speech to commemorate 150 years of responsible government.

Politics
The Westie Wing
There has been activity aplenty in the NSW Parliament this month, reports Ian West.

The Soapbox
From Chaver to Cobber
John Robertson, Unions NSW Secretary, hosting Passover at Sydney Trades Hall discovers the first comrades followed a bloke called Moses.

Postcard
Postcard from New Orleans
Mark Brenner surveys the long-term impact of Hurricane Katrina on the regions workers.

The Locker Room
My Country Right Or In Lane Five
Phil Doyle observes the golden shower at the recent Commonwealth Games, and asks what it means for the last great unpredictable drama.

Obituary
Vale Bill Hartley
Unlike some of his comrades, Bill Hartley never departed from his position as a radical nor did he die rich in assets, writes Bob Scates.


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