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Issue No. 311 16 June 2006  
 
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.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Esselte Occasioning Workplace Harm
Federal public servants are standing over western Sydney workers trying to beat off sub-standard AWAs.

American multi-national Esselte is spiriting employees to the Campbelltown Art Gallery where they are being interrogated about “union coercion” by officers from Kevin Andrews' Department of Employment and Workplace Services. [full story]

Andrews Backs State Laws
Kevin Andrews' staffers advised a dumped childcare worker to seek justice through the state system their boss is committed to destroying.

Ministerial advisers told the sacked woman, through the office of electorate MP Jackie Kelly, to use the state system to get justice after she was punted from her casual job. [full story]

Death Sentence for BHP
A mining company that used AWAs to boost production has been fined $200,000 over the death of AMWU member, James Wadley, in a horrific gas explosion at Port Hedland.

BHP Billiton admitted negligence related to the 2004 explosion that killed Wadley and left three colleagues severely burned. [full story]

Unions Deliver: Freehills
Union negotiated agreements deliver wage increases 72 percent greater than AWAs, according to the federal government's favourite law firm.

Freehills, the largest beneficiary of Canberra's workplace legal crusade, has revealed that union agreements contain 4.3 percent average annual wage movements, against 2.5 percent for non-negotiated, individual contracts.  [full story]

No Job is Safe: AIRC
Unfair dismissal is now out of reach for most employees - including those in firms with over 100 workers - the Australian Industrial Relations Commission has revealed.

In ruling a Victorian unfair dismissal case out of the Commission's jurisdiction, Vice-President Ken Ives said few employees would be able to prove they were not sacked for “operational reasons” if that was what the employer claimed. [full story]

Klan Backs Jan
A prominent Australian columninst known for sinking the stiletto into workers has had her work republished on a Ku Klux Klan website.

Right wing activist ABC director Janet Albrechtsen's musings on the Cronulla riots appear holus bolus on the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan website. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Village People Clean Up

 Dad Heads for Blacktown

 Indonesian Guards Occupy Office

 Qantas Passes the Bucks

 IR Laws a Loser: Lib

 Business Bombs Beazley

 OECD Undercuts Howard

 Leafy Council Rewards Choppers

 High Price Of A Low Wage

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Artful Dodgers .. The OWS brings a whole new culture to Campbelltown's Art Gallery

E D I T O R I A L
A political team is finally on the paddock, prepared to rise or fall on the issue that has always defined it; one that it is worth putting in the extra yards for because you know they are prepared to take a stand not just punch at the edges.

The Man Who Loved Goats

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Lost in the Supermarket
 Career Opportunities
 A Nuclear Error

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