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Issue No. 315 14 July 2006  

Give Truth A Chance
Civic values - aah another boring conservative rant. Well, perhaps, but here goes.


Interview: The Month Of Living Dangerously
When the mobs took over the streets of Dili it was the people of East Timor that bore the brunt. Elisabeth Lino de Araujo from Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA was there to witness what happened.

Unions: Staying Mum
Penrith mums, Linda Everingham and Jo Jacobson, are at the heart of a grassroots campaign to boot Jackie Kelly, out of federal parliament. Jim Marr caught up with one half of the sister act.

Economics: Precious Metals
There's a lot of spin around AWAs in the mining industry, but Tony Maher argues all that glitters is not gold.

Industrial: The Cold 100
The Iemma Government has come up with 100 reasons why WorkChoices is a dud, with 100 examples of ripped off workers

History: The Vinegar Hill Mob
This month's Blacktown Rally was not the first time workers had stood up for their rights in the region, writes Andrew Moore.

Legal: Free Agents
Is an independent contractor a small businessperson or a worker? The answer depends upon whether the contractor is genuinely ‘independent’ or not, writes Even Jones.

Politics: Under The Influence
Bob Gould thinks Sonny Bill Williams is a hunk; he reveals all in a left wing view of The Bulletin’s 100 most influential Australians, questioning the relevance of some, and adding a few of his own.

International: How Swede It Was
Geoff Dow pays tribute to the passing of Rudolf Meidner, one of the architects of the Swedish model of capitalism.

Review: Keating's Men Slam Dance on Howard
These punk rockers are out to KO WorkChoices. Nathan Brown joins the fray.


 Howard's $30m Rip Off

 Jetstar Sells Job Interviews

 Jail or Jobs - Seamen Choose

 Vanstone Mum on Rorts

 WorkChoices Whacks Chalkies

 Telstra MIA in Bush

 WA Safety Rep On Mission

 Sallies Join Sack-A-Thon

 CFMEU Dips Out on Fullback

 Pollies Brush Sick, Kids

 Pollie Cries Like a Croc

 Training Minister Gives Himself an A

 25 Years On the Grass

 Activist's What's On!


The Soapbox
Work Choice: US Military Style
John Howard has learnt a few lessons on workers rights from his Texan buddy, writes Rowan Cahill.

Westie Wing
As Pru Goward slams into the glass ceiling of the NSW Liberal Party, Ian West considers how women are faring under the Howard-Costello Government.

The Locker Room
A World Away
Phil Doyle is pleased that a display of subtle beauty and athletic grace has been overtaken by some good old-fashioned mindless violence

 Real Hero
 Howard vs World
 Marching Orders
 Tough as ABC
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WorkChoices Whacks Chalkies

Moves to push private school teachers onto second-rate contracts have been hailed as an example of WorkChoices by a former elite private school head.

Judith Wheeldon, AM, former principal of Sydney girls schools, Abbotsleigh and Queenwood, described the offer by the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) as “Work Choices Contracts” in The Australian this week.

The Independent Education Union says the move will fundamentally erode the working conditions of teachers.

The agreement, secretly circulated to school principals last week, has been developed without negotiation or consultation with teachers.

The AIS intends rolling our the agreements through a series of presentations to teachers when school resumes from Monday.

"All teachers pay for the salary increases in the agreement by losing long-standing working conditions," says secretary of the IEU, Dick Shearman. "Overall all teachers will be worse off if they accept this agreement. Salary increases accompanied by loss of conditions is just a smoke and mirrors device."

The AIS agreements include:

- Loss of up to two weeks school holidays

- Loss of 17.5% annual leave loading

- Massive reduction in long service leave entitlements

- No improvement in paid maternity leave to match the standard in Catholic and non-government schools

- Reduced number of promotion opportunities

- Promotions at the grace and favour of school principals

- Part-time teachers to have same extra-curricular duties as full-time teachers, including playground duties and school camps.

"The agreement is being presented on a take it or leave it basis," says Shearman. "The Union's advice to members is to leave it.

The Union will campaign for salary increases without a loss of conditions.

The ISA represents some of the wealthiest schools in Australia, including The Shore School, Newington College, Cranbrook School, and Scots College.


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