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Issue No. 303 21 April 2006  

Brand Spanking
It took the Easter Bunny, a couple of diplomatic crises and a bit of classic Howard wedge politics to shift industrial relations off the front pages, but if you think the story is over, forget it.


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.


 Costello Plans Super Swindle

 Control Freak Turns Hand to AWAs

 ‘Clean Start’ Sweeps Into Action

 Fleas Leave Andrews Scratching

 The $130 Question: What is He On?

 Howard Stings Liberal Mum

 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!


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.

 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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Rights At Work Worth Playing For

There’s more at stake than a game of football when the Penrith-Nepean United takes on the Central Coast Lightning in the Super State League soccer competition this Saturday Night.

Both teams have recently landed a new sponsor, one that understands the pressures on those involved in grass roots football.

The sides will be taking to the field wearing the distinctive logo of the Your Rights At Work campaign.

Both the Central Coast and Nepean District junior soccer associations will benefit from the sponsorship of their flagship sides, Penrith Nepean United and Central Coast Lightning, by the Electrical Trades Union, which is keen to support junior sport.

"We know the Howard government's new laws will make it even harder for working parents to keep involved with their kids junior sport," said Bernie Riordan from the Electrical Trades Union. "The Prime Minister is on the record as saying that the working week of Monday to Friday is dead.

"All the protections and rights working people have had to make sure they can be there for their kids have been swept away by these laws.

"The Your Rights At Work campaign is about getting rid of John Howard's workplace laws and giving parents back time with their kids and the job security to plan for their families future."

Bernie Riordan will be handing over sponsorship cheques to Penrith Nepean United and Central Coast Lightning at 6.30pm, prior to the start of the main game at 7.10pm.

The Nepean District Association is the largest sports group in NSW with over 16,000 registered players in 229 teams

Representative sides and footballs from both associations will carry the distinctive Your Rights At Work signage as well as over 3,500 training vests, which will be distributed to the 229 Nepean senior club sides.

Saturday night's game will be held at Cook Park - Your Rights At Work Stadium in St Marys.


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