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Issue No. 321 25 August 2006  

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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Howard Amps Up Repression
The federal government is suing a senior trade union leader for millions of dollars, alleging he tried to halt the spread of wage-cutting individual contracts.

CFMEU assistant naational secretary Dave Noonan faces the charges, as 107 Perth workers prepare to face charges that could see them fined up to $28,600 each. [full story]

Andrews on the Fiddle
Kevin Andrews is fiddling with his GEERS while dodgy companies plan the wholesale plunder of retirement incomes.

Last week's move to double GEERS cover for lost entitlements, to 16 weeks, has been criticised by unions who have seen long-serving members dudded millions of dollars. [full story]

Robbo Flags Mobile Holidays
Workers leaving their jobs would be able to take their Long Service Leave and other accrued entitlements with them, under a plan being developed by Unions NSW.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said it was time for a fresh look at portability and called for debate at the upcoming ACTU Congress in October. [full story]

Shop Group Maroons Kids
A peak retail body in Queensland is using WorkChoices to promote deals that rob young people of minimum shifts and annual holidays.

The Queensland Retail Traders and Shopkeepers Association (QRTSA) is flogging a $750 deal to show bosses how to bypass award conditions. [full story]

Condition Critical
Medibank Private is following the leads of Qantas and Telstra by imposing individual contracts on staff in the lead-up to privatisation.

Market-friendly AWAs have started to roll out across the 1500-strong Medibank workforce, located in over 100 locations across the country. [full story]

BHP Confronts Chilean Resistance
Thirteen billion dollar resources giant BHP Billiton is taking on a group of workers who defied fascist dictator, Augusto Pinochet.

The Anglo Australian company refused to talk to striking workers at Chile's Escondida copper mine until the country's Socialist president, Michelle Bachelet, intervened, last week. [full story]


 The Thin Yellow Line

 Safety Goes to the Dogs

 Pollies Wings Clipped By Junket Ban

 Technicians Win Action Ballot

 Academics Take Contract Lessons

 Hardie, Ha, Ha - Directors Laughing

 Amcor Sends Hundreds Packing

 Warren Goes to Ground

 Activist's What's On!

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Where's Wozza ... they seek him here, they seek him there, North Queensland workers seek him everywhere, that damned elusive Liberal

Howard has played a decisive role in making the world a more dangerous place

The Brown Tongue Lizard


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.

LETTERS to the Editor
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