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Issue No. 312 23 June 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

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.

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

 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!

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
 More Proof
 Fire Up
 Big Dog
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News

Telstra Plays Tag and Release


Telstra is dumping another 2600 workers while investing in global satellite tracking to keep tabs on survivors.

The job losses follow CEO Sol Trujillo's promise to shed 12,000 jobs over the next three years.

Western Sydney will see 115 positions lost from the Parramatta dispatch call centre, while a similar scheduling operation in Bendigo will close at the cost of 58 positions. Remaining cuts will be spread across the Telstra empire.

CPSU Organiser Paul Morris says the cuts will hurt in regional Australia and are 'especially bad news for local communities and local economies'.

Meanwhile, Telstra technicians in Queensland are being monitored by satellite while on the job, with confirmation that 100 service vehicles have been fitted with GPS technology. The $25 million trial has raised fears of unrestricted surveillance of workers.

Telstra claims the trial will result in service improvements and denies the technology will be used covertly. The company came under pressure in August, last year, when it was revealed it was maintaining secret dossiers on staff detailing personal information not directly related to their employment.

Successful completion of the trial may see GPS fitted to all vehicles. Whether all staff will be tracked using satellite technology in the future is unclear, with the company unavailable for comment.


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