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Issue No. 310 09 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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Bog Standards, Hanssen Exposed
WA builder, Gerry Hanssen, forced an 18-year-old woman to share a toilet with around 100 male construction workers on one of his cut-price jobs.

Hanssen brushed repeated pleas for female facilities until the teenager quit, her boyfriend said. [full story]

Foxtel Channels Contracts
Pay TV installers will be at the mercy of John Howard's anti-union Independent Contractors Act following Foxtel's decision to extend contracts with installation companies by six months.

Foxtel's contracts with Cable installers Silcar (Siemens-Theiss) and ABB will continue until December, even though they were due to expire this month. [full story]

Telstra Dials Up A Shocker
Telstra left a call centre worker, struck by acoustic shock for the second time in three months, to find his own way to hospital, according to the CPSU.

Leon Bulgarelli was one of 14 Townsville staff ferried to hospital by ambulance after a March power surge left him with a burst eardrum and internal haemorrhaging. [full story]

Viva La Resolution
A new generation of TV stars will be launched this weekend as unions take the battle against WorkChoices to the NSW ALP conference.

The ACTU is launching a series of TV ads on Sunday featuring real people telling real stories about how WorkChoices has hurt them. [full story]

Smirk Boss Loses Control
Twenty five Melbourne workers might have been conned into signing away half a million dollars when they put their names to one-page AWAs.

The fears were raised when Finlay Engineering boss, Jim Sutton, confirmed his auto components company was going into administration, last week. [full story]

Iemma Told To Change At Central
The elderly and disabled are bearing the brunt of staff shortages that have left Sydney's Central Station dirty and unsafe, according to railworkers.

Fed up with constant staff shortages the railworkers took their campaign to commuters last week, with a leaflet calling on the Iemma government to lift its game. [full story]


 Grandmother Fights Fabrication Company

 On The Tiles

 APHEDA Offices Attacked

 Vanstone Sits On Wages

 PM Slap for Battered Women

 "Spineless" Andrews Apologises

 Howard Lags �Best Practice�

 Harper's Bizarre Theories

 Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain

 Activists What's On!

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All stations to Central! Commuters join the campaign for clean, safe railway stations

When the world is reduced to a beautiful set of numbers, it seems to me that the people get forgotten and mad ideas like WorkChoices can actually seem logical.

All In The Nuclear Family


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.

LETTERS to the Editor
 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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