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Issue No. 319 11 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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L A T E S T   N E W S

Sprung: Light on Day
The organisation championing federal government's Independent Contractors Act is supported by less than 0.1 percent of its potential members.

The stunning admission came at Senate Estimates, last week, renewing speculation that Independent Contracts Australia is a front for forces that want to remain hidden. [full story]

Mal Content to Challenge King
Multi-millionaire, Wal King, is being challenged to explain himself to the wife and kids of a sacked Perth building worker.

King's company, Leighton, used John Howard's WorkChoices laws to sack the last remaining health and safety rep on part of the Perth-Mandurah rail project, after he reported five “serious breaches” to WorkSafe, last week. [full story]

More Standover Tactics in WA
A rogue WA contractor is seeking $1.2 million in fines and unspecified damages after, it claims, a meeting took 15 minutes of its time.

AMWU state secretary, Jock Ferguson, says Total Corrosion Control has already stolen around 300 hours from 40 employees at Alcoa's Pinjarra operation. [full story]

Qantas Holidays Delayed 150 Years
Qantas engineers are being stiffed 150 years worth of leave, which unions say is leading to a fatigued, stressed out workforce.

Australia's largest airline is refusing to give engineers time off - despite each being owed an average 10 weeks annual leave. [full story]

Hockey Wields Stick
A Howard Government Minister, responsible for policies that tried to force a 16-year-old leukemia sufferer back to work, is now flogging WorkChoices.

Human Services Minister, Joe Hockey, was dropped into the industrial relations scrum, a day after it was revealed a department under his watch, Centrelink, cut disability payments to a seriously ill Perth teenager. [full story]

We Have Ways of Cutting Your Pay
Kevin Andrews is backing a subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa in its battle to strip pay and conditions from Melbourne call centre staff.

Andrews has gone into bat for call centre operators with 'independent' legal advice written by the company's own lawyers.  [full story]

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 Vehicle Jobs on Skids

 Teachers Suspend Selves

 Bishop Damns WorkChoices

 Workers Rights On The Road

 ACTU Backs Business, Germans

 Activist's What's On!

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Art imitates life. The work of Melbourne-based artist Grant Hobson visits the reality of economic rationalism

E D I T O R I A L
The Australian workplace has become a mirror for a world in which a new breed of power-wielder is driven by a take-no-prisoners ideology.

Mr 21 Percent

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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