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Issue No. 307 19 May 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Open for Business?
While our focus in recent months has rightly been on the federal political arena, the first skirmish in the battle for rights for NSW workers will occur at the state election, due in just nine months.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Out of the Bedroom
Reverend Jim Wallis is leading a crusade to take the moral debate into the public arena.

Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Government has begun a series of workshops to sell its WorkChoice vsision. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.

Unions: Lockout!
Jim Comerford’s eyewitness account of the 15-month Lockout of 10,000 New South Wales miners in1929-1930 records the inside story of Australia’s most bloody and bitter industrial conflict

Legal: The Fantasy of Choice
Professor Ron McCallum argues the WorkChoices laws are built on a fundamental fiction.

Politics: Labor Pains
Labor has dealt itself out of the crucial workplace relations debate by failing to articulate a credible policy alternative to Howard’s new WorkChoices legislation, argues Mark Heearn and Grant Michelson

Economics: Economics and the Public Purpose
Evan Jones pays tribute to John Kenneth Galbraith, a big man who never stopped arguing that economics should serve the public good, not create public squalor.

Corporate: House of Horrors
Anthony Keenan takes a tour of Sydney’s notorious, Asbestos House, courtesy of Gideon Haig.

History: Clash Of Cultures
Neale Towart with a new take on Mayday through the words of a punk icon

International: Childs Play
An ILO report into Child Labour shows some progress is being made to curb this gobal scurge .

Culture: Folk You Mate!
Phil Doyle dodges Morris Dancers to find signs of Working Life at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over the Easter Weekend.

Review: Last Holeproof Hero
Finally, a superhero who has worked out how to wear his underpants. Nathan Brown ogles V for Vendetta

N E W S

 Laughing All The Way To MacBank

 Perth Apartments Go Like a Bomb

 AWAs - Just Say No!

 Andrews Puts Contracts on Families

 Safety Laws Mine New Depths

 Builder Threatens Homes

 Beazley to Halt Maxi-Scam

 Umpire Stumps Minister

 Worker Dumped Over Casual Affair

 Councils Trash Workers

 Union Journo Escapes Fiji

 Canucks Crash Howard’s Party

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Albo's Meltdown
Labor's environment spokesman Antony Albanese argues that Chrernobyl is one reason why the ALP should stand firm on nuclear.

The Locker Room
A Sort Of Homecoming
Phil Doyle plays to the whistle.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite MP, Ian West reports from Macquarie Street on some strange collective acction.

L E T T E R S
 Psychometric Testing for Bullies
 Pleased with Beazley
 What is Working Class
 National Day of Protest
 Tax Cuts
 Solidarity
 Independent Contractors
 Drought Proofing
 Higher Profile for Labor
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Councils Trash Workers


Garbos dumped rubbish on Wyong Council Chambers steps in protest at Central Coast councils move to trash more than 100 jobs.

A new joint contract by Gosford City and Wyong Shire for garbage services could see pay cuts of up to $340 a week and over 100 jobs placed at risk.

A new contractor could dodge negotiated rates by passing itself off as a "new enterprise", under WorkChoices provisions that allow conditions to be ignored.

After 10 years the council workforce was told last month a new joint contract would go to tender with a flat pay rate as low as $12.75 an hour; a decision workers have slammed as "disgraceful" and "insulting".

Wyong Council waste worker Paul Weston said he had challenged Wyong and Gosford Mayors to start work at 5am for $12.75 an hour and still manage to support their families.

"I am very worried about my family's financial future if I lose my job. If another company is prepared to work for the minimum rate of pay with no penalty rates then we are in real trouble," says Weston.

"All we ask is that the Councils do the right thing by working families on the Central Coast."

Protesting workers called on both Mayors to protect their jobs, entitlements and working conditions.

"The Gosford and Wyong Councils are willing to leave 100 local families without any certainty about their futures," says Transport Workers Union secretary Tony Sheldon. "This loyal workforce performs a vital and important community service. How can the Councils possibly expect them to do the same job for $340 less a week?"


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