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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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Hardie Busted Over Burn Victim

Horrific burns to a worker at James Hardie's Rosehill site have lead to the building products giant being prosecuted and fined just under $100,000.

The worker was clearing a blockage in a pump when hot sludge cement burst from a hose, spraying the worker's face, eyes, nose, mouth ears, arms and hands.

The worker sustained very severe burns and was transferred to Westmead Hospital and then the Concord Burns Unit. He was unable to return to work for several months and eventually left the company.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union successfully prosecuted James Hardie in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission where the company was found responsible for the horrific burns.

Justice Staunton of found James Hardie guilty of breaching the Occupational Health & in April 2003Safety Act, imposed a fine of $98,000 and awarded costs against James Hardie.

"Despite the seriousness of injuries to this worker, WorkCover did not prosecute the employer, James Hardie. The Union did," said state secretary of the AMWU, Paul Bastian. "Unfortunately this is not an isolated case.

"At a time when some employers and governments are questioning the role of unions, this case demonstrates the crucial role that unions have in ensuring workplace safety."

"It also shows that it is essential for unions to have the ability to prosecute employers who put the safety of their workers at risk".

Under controversial NSW moiety provisions, half the Hardie fine will go to the AMWU for OH&S education.

Workers Walk Over Bolts From Above

Meanwhile, in the Queensland town of Chinchilla, AMWU members are quitting their jobs at Queensland's biggest electricity construction project over safety concerns.

AMWU organiser David Fyffe said workers are faced with falling metal objects every few days at the Kogan Creek power plant at Chinchilla on southern Queensland's Western Downs.

Fyffe said there have been three accidents already and he is worried more workers could be hurt.

"Unless those issues are addressed adequately, somebody is going to be seriously hurt or even killed."


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