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Issue No. 309 02 June 2006  

Interview: Rock Solid
Bill Shorten gives the inside story on the Australian Workers Union's involvement in the Beaconsfield rescue.

Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Phil Oswald bought up his kids to believe in their rights; so when his 16-year old daughter was told to cop a pay cut she was never going to take it quietly.

Politics: The Johnnie Code
WorkChoices is encrypted deep in the PM's political DNA, writes Evan Jones

Energy: Fission Fantasies
Adam Ma�anit looks at the big business push behind the 'clean nuclear' debate that is sweeping the globe.

History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
The WorkChoices Penal Powers are the latest in a long line of penal sanctions against trade unions, writes Neale Towart

International: Closer to Home
If Australia can forgive its debt to Iraq, why not to Indonesia and the Philippines, write Luke Fletcher and Karen Iles

Economics: Taking the Fizz
While the Treasurer has been popping the post-Budget champers, Frank Stilwell gives a more sober assessment.

Unions: Stronger Together
Amanada Tattersall looks at the possibilities of strengthening alliances between unions, environmental and community organisations

Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in a film about racism and retribution, writes James Gallaway.

Poetry: Fair Go Gone
Employers in the land rejoice, for we are girt by greed.

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Howard's Advocate Fesses Up
John Howard's workplace point-man is green-lighting AWAs that deny Aussies overtime, penalty rates and public holidays, sight unseen.

Employment Advocate, Peter McIlwain, told Senate Estimates he had registered more than 6000 individual contracts, in the first month of WorkChoices, without checking their content. [full story]

Cowra - Work Slaughter Legal
Cowra Abattoir has restarted its stalled bid to cleaver workers rights, armed with a government report that rules its tactic of sacking staff and telling them to reapply for lower paid jobs is legal.

Those talks have already stalled as the company, with Waterfront War mastermind Paul Houlihan in charge, attempts a radical overhaul of the tally system which will see workers paid an extra $1 per hour for killing hundreds of extra animals a day. [full story]

You're Killing Us - BHP Charged Again
Three criminal charges have been laid against BHP Billiton in relation to last year's death of a father of two who suffocated on mud and dust, 500 metres below its Olympic Dam uranium mine.

The South Australian Industrial Relations Court laid the counts, less than a year after an independent inquiry warned the minerals giant its AWA-based strategy impacted on safety standards. [full story]

Revealed: Beaconsfield Led AWA Charge
The Beaconsfield mine, where Larry Knight lost his life, spent years running the Minerals Council of Australia�s anti-union agenda.

In an interview with Workers Online, AWU national secretary, Bill Shorten, revealed the co-operation that transfixed a nation, last month, was a relatively new phenomenon. [full story]

Warehouse Pushes the Envelope
A Sydney law firm alleges a union organiser applied �duress� by warning members an AWA would cost them $50 a week.

The threat was delivered as the federal court ruled employers could make promotion, and even employment, conditional on signing individual agreements. [full story]

Independent Schools Push Class Warfare
The Association of Independent Schools is plotting to have unions expelled from NSW schools.

Just days after Sydney's Newington College backed down from plans to have staff re-apply for their jobs, the peak body admitted it has been doling out advice on how schools could enforce non-union workplace agreements. [full story]


 Spotlight on Howard�s Porkies

 PM Backs Visa Buster

 Sutton Wants Middle Men Probed

 ATO Recruiting for WorkChoices

 Taxpayers to Fund Ad Orgy

 New Deal on Canberra Menu

 Appeal for East Timor

 Activist's What's On!

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Unemployed construction workers challenge rogue WA operator Gerry Hanssen

This has never been a scare campaign. It�s a truth campaign. It�s just the truth is scary.

The Low Rent Commissioner


The Soapbox
The Beaconsfield Declaration
As the Prime Minister feted Brant Webb and Todd Russell, their colleagues were outside with a message to the rest of Australia.

The Locker Room
Run Like You Stole Something
Phil Doyle observes that there are some tough bastards out there.

The Westie Wing
That fun-loving friend of the workers, Ian West, reports from the red leather of the Bear Pit.

Class Action
Phil Bradley draws the lines between education funding and the current skills crisis.

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