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Issue No. 310 09 June 2006  

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


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.


 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 �Best Practice�

 Harper's Bizarre Theories

 Process Abused - Call Peter McIlwain

 Activists What's On!


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.

 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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Your Rights At Work

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.

The Cowra meatworkers, embroiled in one of the first WorkChoices battles when their employer tried to sack them and re-hire them on less coin, are featured, as are childcare, retail, council and white collar workers who have all been punted or had their conditions cut as result of the new laws.

A second series of ads features a family confronting the reality of AWAs, before viewers are asked 'how will WorkChoices affect your family'?

Unions also have a raft of resolutions before the conference, addressing issues as diverse as workplace safety, the impact of WorkChoices, the rights of cleaners, planning, skills shortages and manufacturing policy.

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has put a number of motions before the NSW ALP Employment and Industrial Relations Policy Committee on the impact of WorkChoices, calling on the NSW Government to review legislation to protect apprentices, union right of entry, holidays and sub contractors, as well as addressing certification of 'guest workers'.

The SDA is proposing a motion that would see Labor governments protect workers under 18 from individual contracts.

The Australian Services Union is also moving to stop contracting out by NSW State Government State Owned Corporations, while the United Services Union is leading a charge against local councils downsizing or outsourcing services to the community.

The NSW ALP conference is scheduled for Sydney Town hall this weekend.

ACTU secretary Greg Combet will launch the TV ads on Sunday June 11 at 12.30pm at the Unions NSW Auditorium in the Trades Hall Building, Goulburn and Dixon Street, Sydney.


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