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Issue No. 318 03 August 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Macquarie Street and Canberra are squaring off over safety in the workplace, NSW Minister for Industrial relations, John Della Bosca, explains what's at stake.

Unions: Fighting Back
When John Howard's building industry enforcer started threatening people's homes, one couple hit the road. Jim Marr met them in Sydney.

Industrial: What Cowra Means
The ruling on the Cowra abattoir case highlights the implications of the new IR rules, according to John Howe and Jill Murray

Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Howard Government hypocrisy is showcased in its climate change manoeuvring, Stuart Rosewarne writes:

Politics: Page Turner
A new book leaves no doubt about whether the faction came before the ego, Nathan Brown writes.

Economics: The State of Labour
The capacity of the state to shape the political economy and thus improve the social lives of the people must be reasserted, argues Geoff Dow.

International: Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions

History: Liberty in Spain
Worker Self-Management is good management. The proof in Spain was in Catalania, Andalusia and continues in the Basque Country, as Neale Towart explains.

Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
Phil Doyle thought he'd find nostalgia, but instead Vulgar Press' new book, Maroon & Blue is a penetrating insight into the suburban mind under stress.

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Ah, Sol
The American determined to sack 12,000 Australians and flog publicly-owned Telstra, trousered a $95 million payout from a previous job.

Revelations of Sol Trujillo's massive go-away deal, in the Rocky Mountain News, have shocked shareholders of US telco Qwest.  [full story]

Telstra Contractors in Bush Raid
A Telstra contractor is trying to pinch $20,000 a year from the pockets of subcontractors in the bush after the telco punted more than 200 of its own technicians.

Downer has told subcontractors it wants work in rural areas to be paid at the same rate as in the big smoke. [full story]

Spooks Go “Nuclear”
Twenty eight thousand dollar fines could be chicken feed if building industry police deliver on threats to personally sue 107 Perth construction workers.

The prospect of massive damages bills, on top of $28,000 fines, was floated by the head of John Howard's Building Industry Commission at an industry gathering in Sydney, last week. [full story]

Drivers Under Attack
Undercover cops will ride western Sydney buses as drivers declare 'no-go zones' following a spate of violent attacks in recent weeks.

A Penrith driver ended up with shards of glass in his eye after a brick was thrown through a bus windscreen in Luxford Road Mt Druitt last Sunday. [full story]

Stacks on the Hill
The Howard government's policy of political appointments to key industrial posts shows no sign of stopping with boss' cheerleader Bruce Williams due to become a member of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC).

Williams is the Executive Director of Workplace Relations for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Western Australia.  [full story]

Advertising Works
A Queensland labour hire company has backed down from a condition-stripping contract for apprentices after unions threatened to run an ad campaign exposing the company's use of WorkChoices.

All Trades Queensland backed away from its unilateral collective agreement, stripping award conditions, as union radio and newspaper ads condemning the company were about to run. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 29 Face Secret Interrogations

 Bureaucrats Sit on Wages

 Blue Mountains Fit Through Loophole

 G Spot for Rally

 Chalkies Give WorkChoices An F

 Howard Base Shaky

 Deaf Workers Lose Voice

 Canberra Scratches WorkChoices Handicap

 MUA Hungry for Change

 Vanny Changes Story

 Activists What's On

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Westies ... Kim Beazley backs construction workers facing fines and the possibility of massive damages claims

E D I T O R I A L
Anyone that swallows the banana line is a monkey.

Mad Max

C O L U M N S

The Locker Room
Ruled Out
Phil Doyle plays by the rules

Fiction
Tommy's Apprentice
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"

Politics
Westie Wing
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.


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