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Issue No. 304 28 April 2006  

Canaries in the Coalmine
It was one of the defining symbols of the industrial era and the tenuous nature of working life – the bird in the cage whose expiration was a miner’s early warning that things were not OK.


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.


 Hit Run Mum Bats For Son

 Revealed: Bosses Told To Blame Howard

 Amber Light for Pay Cuts

 Andrews Backs Armed Hold Ups

 New Front on High Court Attack

 Homer Takes Rights to India

 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!


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.

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Mining Vigil at Day of Mourning

Unions NSW dedicated last week's International Day of Mourning to the Miners involved in the tragedy at the Beaconsfield Gold mine in Tasmania.

ArchBishop Jensen led those assembled in a prayer for the miners and their families asking that some hope might come out of this tragedy. As Workers Online went live there were still two miners unaccounted for in the Tasmanian mine while the body of one worker Larry Knight had been recovered.

The hundreds assembled in Reflection Park in Darling Harbour lit candles and held a minute's silence for the miners and for others killed or injured in the workplace.

Russ Collison, State Secretary of The Australian Workers' Union, said that one of the two miners missing, Brant Webb, was an AWU delegate.

Mr Collison said that self-regulation did not work and allowed employers to put miners safety at risk. He also criticized the Federal Government's moves to push workers into being independent contractors.

"When you're working one kilometer below the surface of the earth, as an independent contractor you can't be responsible for your own safety," he said.

Chris Christodoulou, Deputy Assistant Secretary Unions NSW said that the tragedy gave the International Day of Morning a particularly significant relevance adding that "the thoughts of all of us are with the miners and with their families."

Donations to the AWU Beaconsfield Miners' Support Fund can be made at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank (BSB: 067028, A/C No: 10175554).

Cheques made out to the fund can be forwarded to the AWU Tasmania Branch at 6 Lefroy Street, North Hobart 7002, or credit card payments can be made by calling the AWU's National Office on 1300 362 298.


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