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Issue No. 304 28 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

Hit Run Mum Bats For Son
Within hours of being contacted by Workers Online a trolley collecting giant agreed to pay the wages of a 15-year-old employee whose mum was run over when she tried to extract payment.

Daniel Persky was one of 15 Brisbane trolley collectors stiffed by a company operating under the logo of Advanced National Services. [full story]

Revealed: Bosses Told To Blame Howard
How are employers being advised to deal with angry and confused workers as their rights are whittled away? Blame the government.

The advice, o by Australian Business Limited advises employers how to explain the changes to staff and endorses a 'Blame the Government' approach when explaining to workers why their rights were being taken away. [full story]

Amber Light for Pay Cuts
The Sydney teenager who blew a whistle on AWAs has won the pay that was taken from her, but her union has warned the employer could have got away with it with good advice.

After winning an AIRC hearing forcing a juice bar to repay the funds, SDA assistant state secretary Bernie Smith conceded it was only the 'ineptitude' of the employer's consultant that had opened the way for the legal challenge. [full story]

Andrews Backs Armed Hold Ups
Kevin Andrews has come out swinging against laws that have seen a 60 per cent reduction in armed hold ups in four years.

In comments to the Australian newspaper, Andrews described NSW's occupational health and safety laws, which allow unions to run prosecutions against employers, as “outrageous”. [full story]

New Front on High Court Attack
NSW Unions will open up a second front in its High Court challenge to WorkChoices, arguing the government lacks the constitutional power to dictate the way unions conduct their affairs.

Lawyers for the unions have told Workers Online they will argue that there is no grounds for using a power over corporations to impose rules on the internal workings of state-based unions, such as internal elections. [full story]

Homer Takes Rights to India
Nuclear power plant union rep Homer Simpson and 1980s action hero MacGyver have joined forces to fight for overtime rates and union rights.

TV's longest-running cartoon series, The Simpsons, tackles outsourcing in one of the latest episodes to air in the United States. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Tunnel Vision a “Disgrace”

 Mining Vigil at Day of Mourning

 Dad's Death Revisited

 Canberra Confidential, Andrews on the Run

 Rock Solid Tony For Sale

 SA Boss Not Trusted With Kids

 Army Declares War On Workers

 Unions Take On Space Invaders

 Activist's What's On!

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Remembering those we have lost: April 28, the international day of mourning for workers killed or injured in the workplace.

E D I T O R I A L
Beyond the Beaconsfield tragedy, morbidly coinciding with the international day of remembrance for workplace dead, is a growing push by the business lobby to wind back safety laws.

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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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