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Issue No. 320 18 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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Spin Bowls Fair Pay
John Howard's Fair Pay Commission is defending its move to oursource public consultations to a Melbourne pr firm.

The shock move, which appears to fly in the face of Commisioner Ian Harper's desire to meet a low paid person, was revealed in Wollongong, last Thursday. [full story]

“Battler” Liberal on Safety
Jackie Kelly's husband is being accused of smashing a video camera and attacking a union official inspecting safety breaches at the couple's yet to be completed riverfront mansion.

“F*** off my site,” screamed Garry Clark at two CFMEU officials responding to a public complaint about holes in fencing next to public land, which allowed local youngsters onto the sprawling building site. [full story]

Radio Rentals Launches Hit
An Adelaide company is using WorkChoices to rip $86,000 out of the pocket of a long-serving employee, sack union activists, and strip its entire workforce of core award protections.

Radio Rentals sacked three union activists on the spot, last week, and tried to impose sub-standard AWAs on anyone left standing. [full story]

Under the Pump
An Adelaide gas station has hit a schoolboy with a $7 an hour AWA to make up for petrol theft by customers.

Bel Air BP suspended part-time teenager, Bill Schultze, for two weeks after he failed to capture the registration plate of a petrol thief, earlier this year. [full story]

Privacy Goes East
Westpac customers’ information, including child support and dishonoured cheques, could be headed to India under a plan to outsource jobs.

The move threatens almost 500 jobs from the Concord Service Centre, which has already seen 90 jobs disappear this year. [full story]

Which Bank Tossed Out of Court
Commonwealth Bank efforts to block shareholder activism by employees have been tossed out by the federal court.

The Bank used John Howard’s IR legislation to claim union members had tried to “coerce” financial market figures to intervene in collective bargaining on their behalf. [full story]

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 Sack Boss a Loser

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 Prof Offers AWA Lesson

 Howard Stands By His Men

 Wife Miscarries After Attack

 Activist's What's On!

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Hungry for the truth - Wharfie veterans lead the charge for Sydney's ritziest real estate to be called the Hungry Mile

E D I T O R I A L
In an era of free market extremism, the state systems form a buffer, not just for the workers they protect, but for the ideas behind them.

The Man Who Wasn't There

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.


LETTERS to the Editor
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