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Issue No. 316 21 July 2006  
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Call Security
There's a bloke, a pollster, prowling the country with a tale for the centre-left about messages and constituencies.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Hendification Blurs WorkChoices ll

 Visa Rorts Minister Urged to Quit

 Organiser On Front Line

 Fire Brigade Chokes on Tests

 Union Backs Man of Steel

 $3 Billion Dollar Chalkies

 Lib Pans Telstra Job Cuts

 James Hardie Joins AWA Crusade

 Job Network Unravels

 Andrews Discovers Irony

 Big Business Bashes Bush

 Howard Pinches Pay

 Tilers Spark Korean Protest

 Activists What's On

C O L U M N S

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

Politics
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

L E T T E R S
 Balancing Act
 Sick of Ants
 Swimming Uphill
 Praise from Belly
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James Hardie Joins AWA Crusade


Asbestos villain James Hardie is pushing wage-cutting AWAs onto workers after stalling on collective negotiations for almost a year.

The AWAs, which would cost workers $200 a week on average, are being forced onto new starters and casuals at Carole Park, south west of Brisbane, who want to become permanent.

It is understood they are also being offered to current staff, involved in protracted enterprise agreement negotiations.

Hardies wants to force workers covered by the enterprise agreement at Carole Park and Meeanda, in Brisbane, onto site agreements which reduce the working week from a seven days to a five or six days, forgoing shift penalty rates.

The enterprise agreement expired in September last year, and workers have not had a pay increase.

"It's the old divide and conquer," said Australian Manufacturing Workers Union organiser Brendan Matthey.

Matthey said it was clear why Hardies had been stalling the enterprise agreement.

"They've been holding off for WorkChoices," he said.

The details of the Hardies AWAs have been kept confidential, but Matthey understands they are one-year agreements offering a four per cent pay-rise.

"In fact, I understand the conditions offered are not much more than the five minimum award conditions allowed under the new legislation," he said.

Hardies gained its corporate villain after stalling on compensation payments to victims of its asbestos products.


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