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Issue No. 310 09 June 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

I'm No Economist, But ´┐Ż.
I'm no economist, but there a few things about the national economic debate right now that I don't quite get.

F E A T U R E S

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´┐Żanit 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.

N E W S

 Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company

 Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed

 Foxtel Channels Contracts

 Telstra Dials Up A Shocker

 Viva La Resolution

 Smirk Boss Loses Control

 Iemma Told To Change At Central

 On The Tiles

 APHEDA Offices Attacked

 Vanstone Sits On Wages

 PM Slap for Battered Women

 "Spineless" Andrews Apologises

 Howard Lags ´┐ŻBest Practice´┐Ż

 Harper's Bizarre Theories

 Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain

 Activists What's On!

C O L U M N S

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.

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

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

L E T T E R S
 Her Honour Judge Judith Scheindler
 Greens Are Good For You
 Calling All Micks!
 Coming Up Swinging
 Belly's Bit
 Mining For Gold
 Blood Spangled Banner
 Never To Be Repeated Offer
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Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company


Unionists and supporters are targeting a Melbourne factory that dumped a 60-year-old grandmother because she was a ´┐Żliability´┐Ż.

Greer Industries used sack-at-will provisions in WorkChoices, to show Karen Palmer the door, last week.

The company, which employs less than 100 people, is allowed to unjustifiably sack staff, under Kevin Andrews' legislation.

However, the AMWU is promising to hold it to account through court action that will argue Palmer has been the victim of age discrimination.

"Karen had a spotless record. She had worked there for 14 years without a warning or any other disciplinary action," organiser Tony Mavromatis, explained.

"She had just overcome a shoulder injury, sustained at work, to get back on the job as soon as possible.

"They told her, and me, she was a liability but have refused to state reasons for her dismissal in writing.

"This is a classic case of a small employer using the new laws to get rid of a person because of her age."

AMWU members protested outside the Coolaroo wire and tube fabrication plant, last week.

Mavromatis said Palmer was standing up to the ordeal well with the support of family and friends.

"Karen's a strong person. She was shocked by her treatment and she is determined to fight back," he said.


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