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Issue No. 320 18 August 2006  

Fixing the WorkChoices Mess
While the Rights at Work campaign has galvanised opposition to the Howard Government’s WorkChoices legislation, the debate about what sort of system should replace it is just hotting up.


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.


 Spin Bowls Fair Pay

 “Battler” Liberal on Safety

 Radio Rentals Launches Hit

 Under the Pump

 Privacy Goes East

 Which Bank Tossed Out of Court

 Mum Lashes Feds

 Sack Boss a Loser

 Let's Fly AWA

 Star City Bangs Wages Drum

 Prof Offers AWA Lesson

 Howard Stands By His Men

 Wife Miscarries After Attack

 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.

 Love Me Slender
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Let's Fly AWA

Geoff Dixon is moving to gouge $160 a week out of flight stewards' purses, while trousering $7 million for himself.

Cabin crew for Qantas-owned Jetstar's fledgling international service are being forced to sign Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) which pay up to $8200 less than collective agreements.

The move follows Dixon's comments AWAs would be used in parts of Qantas, sidestepping negotiations with unions.

It was recently revealed Dixon and Chief Financial Officer Peter Gregg would, together, receive an extra $12 million for continuing their contracts.

ACTU president Sharan Burrow said the situation highlighted the unfairness of the Howard Government's industrial relations changes.

"Jetstar is part of a profitable company. Qantas made $670 million last year and has just upped the entitlements of its senior executives by $12.2 million," Burrow said.

In Qantas's profit announcement last week, Dixon singled out the flight attendants' union, the FAAA, as a difficult union to deal with.

"They are the same group who threatened Qantas quite aggressively last year when we were doing an AWA, and we just don't have to deal with people like that," he said.

"We do have to deal with them in Qantas, but we certainly don't have to inflict them on Alan (Joyce, Jetstar CEO)."

Dixon said AWAs would not be the major industrial tool in Qantas, as it was just one of a number of industrial implements.


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