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Issue No. 303 21 April 2006  

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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Costello Plans Super Swindle
Peter Costello is mulling a plan to snatch billions of dollars a year from working women.

A federal government taskforce wants millions of low-income earning women denied superannuation in a bid to cut “red tape” for business. [full story]

Control Freak Turns Hand to AWAs
A Melbourne boss who sacked a worker for “smirking”, has celebrated his new-found “control of the workforce” by dropping handwritten AWAs on anyone left standing.

Finlay Engineering owner, Jim Sutton, punted the company's union delegate for defending the “smirker”, and put sub-standard AWAs to the rest of the workforce, the following day. [full story]

‘Clean Start’ Sweeps Into Action
‘Invisible armies’ of cleaners, forced to work three time faster than their American colleagues, are now mopping up their own industry.

They are turning the blowtorch on the owners of the office blocks, pressuring them to keep tenants happy by ending the race to the bottom by cutting wages and increasing workloads.  [full story]

Fleas Leave Andrews Scratching
Embarrassed Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, has scratched the prosecutions of 72 Outback workers who objected to living with fleas, rats and raw sewage - but doesn't appear to know why.

Under media pressure, spearheaded by union revelations, Andrews wilted, last week, but only succeeded in muddying the waters by citing irrelevant workplace laws. [full story]

The $130 Question: What is He On?
Kevin Andrews is hailing an arrangement that allows people to be paid $130 a week less than colleagues on a union agreement, at the same site, as “good news” for workers.

The WorkChoices Minister made the claim to industry newsletter, Workforce, in defence of the country's first “greenfields agreement”. [full story]

Howard Stings Liberal Mum
Lifetime Liberal voter, Maree Filipczuk, has turned her back on John Howard after being sacked for asking for her superannuation.

“A month ago I would not have believed that asking about your super could cost you your job,” said the Sydney mother of two. “John Howard and his ministers have shown they just don't care.” [full story]


 Apprentices Assume Missionary Position

 $80,000 for Friendly Act

 David Phoenix Rises Again

 Rights At Work Worth Playing For

 Qantas Sackings Grounded

 Eight Hours Play

 TWU Boss Gaoled

 Activist's What's On!

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Eight hours work, eight hours play, eight hours sleep and eight bob a day Family friendly working hours are remebered on the steps of the Victorian State Parliament

Those in government hoping the union campaign will run out of steam should be rightly concerned. We are kicking on.

The Thinking Person's Idiot


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

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 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.

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.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Say No To Optus
 Lying Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them II
 What Tax Cuts?
 Belly Says It’s Time
 A Word Of Warning Stop
 Mexican Revolution
 Well That Clears That Up Then

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