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Issue No. 313 30 June 2006  

Spin Cycle
As another successful Week of Action comes to an end, we have again been exposed to the Howard Government’s defence of its IR laws, perhaps the flimsiest in Australian political history.


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.


 Bold Post Spy at Rally

 NRL Throws Tradition a Dummy

 Ballarat Derails AWA Push

 Graphic Glimpse Behind the Veil

 Biz Blows Cover

 John Howard Vs God (0:1)

 Andrews A Bit Rich on Wages

 Sydney Backs Booze Deliverers

 Record Numbers in Blacktown

 Hardie Busted Over Burn Victim

 Sacked Mum Has Last Laugh

 Unions: Book Dodgy AWA Bosses

 Jobs War Gathers Pace

 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.

 Man-Goat Love Drug Link
 Dare To Dream
 Better Get A Lawyer
 The Last Laugh
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Sydney Backs Booze Deliverers

Tooheys delivery drivers are toasting the public after a massive show of support helped win improved contracts.

Late night talks on Monday finally produced a new agreement between Tooheys, Linfox and TWU.

Drivers endorsed the contract the following day.

The dispute began when Tooheys announced Linfox would take over transport from Toll Holdings on July 31.

Under the new contract, drivers stood to wear pay cuts of up to 42 per cent, according to TWU. The original Linfox proposal also ignored the goodwill drivers had invested in their trucks, collectively worth many millions of dollars.

With family honmes under threat, 57 owner drivers embarked on a campaign to obtain a fair contract. At the height of the dispute Tooheys' Lidcombe brewery was blockaded by drivers; while up at Macquarie Street, thirsty political types could not get a drop of Tooheys for love or money.

TWU's Wayne Forno described the new contract as a positive outcome. "It means the drivers can afford to continue running their trucks and supporting their families," he said.

The TWU would not comment on media reports that the deal included a $16 million collective payout for the goodwill, only saying drivers felt they could work in a financially viable way.

TWU member Bob Hayden, a Tooheys delivery driver for 18 years, thanked the Sydney community for its support. "We love our jobs and we are very happy to be able to keep driving our trucks and delivering beer to Sydney's pubs," he said.

Drivers and their families were delighted by hundreds messages of support from the public and over 3000 signatures on an online petition. Hundreds more were collected from race goers at Randwick recently.

The TWU wrote to Unions NSW to formally express thanks for the solidarity of other workers.

"This shows that by sticking together, union members can still enjoy great results in spite of John Howard's industrial relations changes," Forno said.

"TWU members and their families were able to secure fair rates of pay and conditions thanks to the support of the community, Unions NSW and other unions such as the PSA."


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