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Issue No. 311 16 June 2006  

Big Target
Well, he’s finally done it. Opposition leader Kim Beazley has wrestled with his internal doubters and staked his future, and one suspects the next election, on workers rights.


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.


 Esselte Occasioning Workplace Harm

 Andrews Backs State Laws

 Death Sentence for BHP

 Unions Deliver: Freehills

 No Job is Safe: AIRC

 Klan Backs Jan

 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

 Actvist's 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.

 Lost in the Supermarket
 Career Opportunities
 A Nuclear Error
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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.

Denise Guthrey was frozen out of her job at a Cranebrook Pre School, in April, after she asked for permanency.

Guthrey contacted local Liberal MP, Kelly, and was passed from the Office Of Workplace Services to the Industrial Relations Commission, which recommended Legal Services. The government's lawyers said she may have a case, but none of them understood the WorkChoices laws.

Sick of the run-around, Guthrey went back to Kelly's office, which called the OWS. The OWS then contacted Guthrey to say the pre-school had done everything right.

Guthrey, who had worked at the childcare centre for an average of 13 hours a week supporting children with 'additional needs', was fuming, and phoned Kelly again.

This time Kelly's electorate officer went to the Minister.

Guthrey told a Unions NSW meeting last week that Andrews' office had advised her to run an unfair dismissal case in the NSW State System.

The LHMU filed a dispute in the state IRC. Guthrey is now back at work and happy with the outcome.

"The whole process placed a huge strain on me and my family, both personally and financially," said Guthrey. "If I had to fight under the Federal laws I'd still be fighting - at huge cost to myself and my family.

"I am glad that the state industrial law was able to provide speedy protection."


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