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Issue No. 319 11 August 2006  

Good Versus Evil
So it's come to this - working women's groups that alert clients to union activities will be denied federal government funding and, effectively, forced to close.


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.


 Sprung: Light on Day

 Mal Content to Challenge King

 More Standover Tactics in WA

 Qantas Holidays Delayed 150 Years

 Hockey Wields Stick

 We Have Ways of Cutting Your Pay

 Jihad Johnny Targets Women

 Council Workers Talk The Walk

 Trujillo Slices Millions Off Bottom Line

 Vehicle Jobs on Skids

 Teachers Suspend Selves

 Bishop Damns WorkChoices

 Workers Rights On The Road

 ACTU Backs Business, Germans

 Activist's What's On!


The Locker Room
Ruled Out
Phil Doyle plays by the rules

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

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

 Pimps and Prostitutes
 The Cruellest Cut
 Poll On
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Workers Rights On The Road

Forty Your Rights at Work commitees have been formed in the wake of the Unions NSW Your Rights at Work bus tour, which completed its final trip last week.

The tour's aim was to meet with members of regional communities and to encourage them to voice their opinion on the unfair impact that the new legislation will have on country workers.

"The tour has been about reconnecting local communities so that they can mobilise to support local workers," says John Robertson, secretary of Unions NSW.

Mr Robertson said that jobs in country NSW were scarce and the new legislation did nothing but make workers' futures more uneasy.

"Finding another job in most regional towns isn't that easy," Mr Robertson said.

The tour started in 2005 and began setting up regional Your Rights At Work networks. These networks met regularly to highlight WorkChoices issues that occurred in local areas.

Following the succes of the 2005 tour the second bus tour was launched this year, visiting 32 regional centres all over NSW. This year's tour strengthened the Your Rights At Work networks, recognising the problems with the legislation through:

Unions NSW held meetings across the state that informed communities about the new legislation with street stalls, meetings with civic and religious leeders and visits to workplaces. The visits gave local members of the public the chance to raise awareness on topics ranging from Fundraisers to Tourism, from the Public Sector to Young Workers.

The 2006 On The Road tour of regional has been a hands-down success and John Robertson looks forward to coming back next year for a highly anticipated tour in 2007.

"We will continue to assist local communities in their fight for a fairer system," Mr Robertson said.

By Rachitha Seneviratne


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