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

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.

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’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.

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 “Best Practice”

 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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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.

The campaign follows revelations that up to 25 positions are unfilled at Central, alone.

Railworkers took Railcorp to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission in a bid to bring staffing up to standard

Their leaflet pointed out that security at Central was compromised through a lack of staff to monitor CCTV cameras and that frail, disabled and elderly passengers were unable to get assistance when they needed it.

Toilets and other public areas were unable to be kept clean, and there was not enough adequately qualified first aid officers to ensure passenger safety.

"In my 30 years as an official I have never seen it so bad that staff have felt the need to seek commuter support to ensure passenger safety and customer service standards are maintained," says RTBU Branch Secretary, Nick Lewocki. "The state of the toilets is disgusting and a health hazard.

"To leave disabled passengers without assistance is deplorable. To compromise the safety of staff and passengers in this day age is unacceptable.

"If the Government can find billions of dollars to replace ageing infrastructure surely it can find funds to ensure adequate customer services and safety across the network."


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