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Issue No. 312 23 June 2006  

Striking Out Rights
As Australian trade unionist prepare for the latest National Week of Action, broader consequences of the IR changes are becoming apparent. And they are not good for democracy.


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.


 Tooheys Orders a Blue

 Safety Standards Go East

 Libs Laugh At Sacked Mum

 Stoner's Cognitive Faculties Functioning

 Rail Workers Gagged

 Post Delivers Threat

 Elderly Face WorkChoices Assault

 Good Yarn Hits Cyberspace

 Business Buckets WorkChoices

 Hands Off Our Vital Stats

 Telstra Plays Tag and Release

 Multi Yanks Howard's Chain

 Nurses Reject Low Road

 Micks Bone Up On WorkChoices

 Activist'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.

 More Proof
 Fire Up
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Hands Off Our Vital Stats

Aussies are increasingly worried about big business shipping their personal information overseas.

New research shows an overwhelming majority of Australians want to know when their personal details are sent offshore because companies have outsourced jobs.

The research, commissioned by the Service Unions of Australia, representing more than 500,000 workers, finds 85 per cent of people believe it should make be compulsory for companies to disclose when data is stored in a foreign country.

Finance, communications and airline companies are leading the off-shoring surge as they move to dump Australian worker. Just last week, Telstra announced plans to dump another 2600 people.

Companies including AXA, ANZ, Coles Myer, Citigroup, Diners Club, Hutchison, NAB, Westpac, Optus, Telstra and Qantas have already off-shored work in IT, data processing and call centres.

The McNair Ingenuity Research, of 501 people surveyed nationally, showed:

- 89 percent believe the federal government should act to protect Australian workers from losing jobs offshore

- 85 percent believe the Government should require all financial institutions to disclose whether they store customer information overseas

- and 90 per cent said they would choose a business that stored their information in Australia rather than overseas.

The research also found specific concern over Qantas's plan to offshore work, with 86 percent agreeing Qantas should keep jobs in Australia.

A joint union policy paper, released with the research, shows that two million Australian jobs, across all sectors, could be sent offshore (based on OECD projections).

It recommends federal government legislation requiring companies to gain the express permission of consumers before any financial or personal information is sent offshore.

The unions involved in the project are the Finance Sector Union (FSU), the Australian Services Union (ASU), the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Communications Division of the CEPU.


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