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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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Good Yarn Hits Cyberspace

Self-reliant Aussies have one week to rustle up their own beanies in time for Wednesday's Your Rights at Work rallies.

All they need, according to "married, feminist, knitter", Marg B, is 90 grams of 8-ply wool, a circular needle, a set of DPNs and a wool needle.

The industrious Victorian has helped take the workplace campaign onto the world wide web, via her popular Knitaholic blog.

"This beanie," she tells visitors "is for one of my friends to wear at the upcoming Your Rights @ Work rally. I wanted it to be quite wearable out in public after the rally, hence I decided to just go for a subtle stripe on a basic black beanie."

Marg sets out all the requirements and details how to construct your own headgear on her website.

"Try not to buy any of the above from Spotlight until they stop offering staff AWAs that leave them worse off than if they were being paid the Award rate," she advises.

For more common sense, fashion tips, and knitting information, visit

Your Rights At Work - At A City Town Near You

The Your Rights At Work beanie is expected to make its fashion debut at the many events scheduled in the week of action set down for this week.

Some of the events planned include:

Australian Capital Territory

25 June, 1.30pm

What: Family and community supporters' event during half time at the Raiders v Roosters Rugby League match.

Where: Canberra Stadium, off Battye Street, Bruce, ACT.

28 June

What: Workplace "Orange Day.' Staff will wear orange, decorate their workplaces, wear Your Rights at Work merchandise.

28 June

What + where: Delegations of Canberra union members to Liberal Senator Gary Humphries' office. Including handing out Your Rights at Work flyers to people outside his office in Shop B12, Canberra Centre, Bunda Street, Canberra.

30 June, 10.30am

What + Where: 'Sea of Orange' - placement of thousands of orange ribbon 'flags' at Federation Mall between Old and New Parliament Houses.

For more information contact Unions ACT on 02 6247 7844 or visit their website:

New South Wales

28 June, 9am

Where: Blacktown Showground, Richmond Rd.

What: March and rally.

For more information contact Unions NSW on 02 9264 1691 or visit their website:

Download IEU's public notice of support.

Regional NSW


28 June, 10 am

Where: Newcastle Panthers Club, King St

What: Rally


28 June, 12 noon

Where: Machatti Park, Bathurst

What: March and rally.


28 June, 11:30

What + Where: Join the cavalcade of vehicles, starting at Adcock Park, West Gosford.

Also in Gosford on 28 June: handout leaflets at major railway stations in the morning, and all day, wear something orange (armband, clothing, ribbon, wristband etc.).

More info: Central Coast Unions 02 4362 7551 or


28 June, 12 noon

Where: Fred Moore House, Wollongong

What: March through the Mall to Crown St. Speakers to address the community assembly outside the office of Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

More info: Call South Coast Labour Council on 02 4229 2888 or visit their website:

For more information on regional events in NSW contact Unions NSW on 02 9264 1691 or visit their website:

Northern Territory

28 June, 12 noon

Where: Raintree Park in the City Centre

What: Rally

More events to be finalised. For more information contact Unions NT phone 08 8941 0001 or email [email protected]



28 June, 12 noon

Where: Southbank Cultural Forecourt

What: March through the city to Celebration Lawn at Roma St Parkland. Guest speaker Greg Combet.

For more information contact Queensland Council of Unions on 07 3846 2468 or visit their website:

South AustraliaAdelaide

26 June, 12.30 - 2.30

Where: Adelaide Town Hall

What: Delegates Seminar, guest speaker Greg Combet.

27 June, 5.30pm

What: "Just Work" - Eucumenical Church Service

Where: St Peter's Cathedral, King William Street, North Adelaide

28 June: Adelaide Rallies

Southern Rally

7.30am: outside Kim Richardson's office (lib MP), 209 Main South Road, Morphett Vale.

North East Rally

10am: outside Trish Draper's office (lib MP), 959 North East Road, Modbury.

City Rally

12 noon: Victoria Square

Northern Rally

12 noon: Outside David Fawcett's office (lib MP), shop 89 Munno Para Shopping Centre.


4.30pm: Corner of Horwood & Jamieson Street, with a march down the main street.

* More events to come.

* Regional rallies to be confirmed.

For more information contact SA Unions on 08 8279 2222 or visit their website:



28 June, 12 pm

Where + What: March from Princes Square to Rally at Albert Hall (12.30pm)


1 July, 11 am

Where + What: Rally on Parliament House Lawns

28 June to 1 July

What: Jolly Jumbucks and the Gentle Art of Sedition - a dramatic performance. Jolly Jumbucks is a satirical study of childcare workers, the childcare industry, politics and the laws of sedition.

Contact: [email protected] or Unions Tas on 03 6234 9553.

For more information contact Unions Tas on 03 6234 9553 or visit their website:



28 June, 10am

Where: Starting at Trades Hall (Carlton); Federation Square; Spring St; and Southern Cross Station (formerly Spencer St).

What: March from starting points to converge at Bourke St Mall for mass rally and demonstration.

For more information contact Victorian Trades Hall Council on 03 9662 3511 or visit their website:


June 29, 7.30am to 9.00am

Where: Phil Barresi's Office (Lib MP), Unit 5, 602 Whitehorse Road,Deakin Melways Ref 48 K9.

What: Breakfast protest in Phil Barresi's Office.

Victorian Regional Events


28 June, 11 am sharp

What: Community Cavalcade - Drive for Your Rights at Work.

Where: Cars assemble Victoria Park, Sturt St side, Ballarat. Final destination, with guest speakers, Vicinity Wendouree Village, Gillies St - at 12 noon.

More info: contact Ballarat Trades and Labour Council on 03 5332 3666.


28 June, 1pm

Where: Starting points - Geelong Trades Hall, 127 Myer St; Geelong Hospital, Bellarine St; and Gordon Tafe, Johnston Park Area.

What: March into the CBD for community rally.

More info: contact Geelong Trades Hall on 03 5221 1712.

Albury & Wodonga

28 June, 12.30 - 1.30

Where: Albury & Wodonga

What: March up Jack Hore Place (Wodonga) to High St on to Wodonga Civic Centre. Guest speaker Julia Gillard.

More info: contact North East and Border Trades and Labour Council on 02 6024 5881.

Portland - 28 June, 10am Angling Club, Foreshore.

Warrnambool - 28 June, 11.15am Temperance Hall info stall, 12.15 speaker then march to Lib MP John Vogels' office.

More info: contact South West Trades and Labour Council on 03 5523 4272.

* Other regional centres should call their local TLC to see if buses going to the Melbourne rally are being arranged.

For more information contact Victorian Trades Hall Council on 03 9662 3511 or visit their website:

Western Australia


25 June - 1 July

Wear ORANGE in the workplace - Protest unfair work laws by wearing orange to work during the week of action. Contact your union to collect some orange stickers or ribbons.

24 - 28 June

. Saturday 10-5

. Sunday 11-5

. Mon-Wed 8.30-5.30

What: Your Rights at Work Information stall - Got any questions about the IR laws? Come and have a chat to WA unionists.

Where: Murray St Mall, Perth

25 June, 12 noon

What + Umbrella: 'Shelter yourself, join your union.' Bring your brollie to the launch of the week of action. To demonstrate the importance of union membership unionists will launch the Week of Action by coming together under the umbrella of union membership. All welcome.

Where:Kings Square, corner of Adelaide St and Queens St Fremantle.

26 June

What: Your Rights at Work - worth giving blood for. Unionists to give blood at the Perth Red Cross, beginning on the 26th and continued throughout the week.

Where: Perth Red Cross (and blood banks around the State). To make an appointment call Red Cross Blood Service on 13 14 95

28 June, 12pm

What: Rally followed by a march (route to be determined). Live music and sausage sizzle.

Where: Russell Square, corner of Parker Ave and James St, Perth.

30 June, 12 noon

What: 'Scum Bag Employer Tour of Perth', Comedy Show Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Find out which employers are using the new IR laws to undercut Australian workers' wages and conditions, and have a laugh at the same time.

Where: 180 Hay St, East Perth

For more information contact Unions WA on 08 9328 7877 or visit their website: inquiry is due to be finalised by December 23.


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