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Issue No. 322 01 September 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
The ACCC is the latest state agency to turn its guns on the construction union. National official, Dave Noonan, discusses the implications.

Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
With new laws looming for “independent contractors”, Foxtel subbies have had the carpet pulled from under their feet, writes Nathan Brown.

Unions: Industrial Wasteland
A group of inner-Sydney veterans appear to be working to strip their families of retirement incomes. Jim Marr records their desperation.

International: Two Bob's Worth
German and British workers are participating in business decisions while WorkChoices locks Australians out of the conversation, writes Anthony Forsyth.

Economics: National Interest
John Howard claimed that interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government than under Labor, Neale Towart crunchess the numbers.

Environment: The Real Dinosaur
Economic ignorance remains at the top and the critics are oblivious says Sol Power

History: Only In Spain?
The experiences of self management during the Civil War have been the one positive factor to come from that tragic event, and the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation thrives today.

Review: Clerk Off
Nathan Brown draws solace from some fellow social misfits.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Boss Gives Dad the Finger
A Bankstown company tried to deport a father of two after his fingers were chopped off in its workshop.

In a statement, sighted by Workers Online, a 46-year-old Korean says the employer refused to call an ambulance after four of his fingers were hacked off at work.  [full story]

Amber's Law Pulps WorkChoices
A Sydney schoolgirl who stood up to her boss has scored for teenagers across NSW with confirmation the state government will make it illegal to push dodgy contracts on youngsters.

The NSW Government announced it would write the laws, pushed by unions, on the same day it was revealed Amber Oswald had been stood down without notice. [full story]

Westfield Flogs Good Deal
Resistance to WorkChoices has moved to the top end of town with retail giant Westfield buying into a NSW award and steel giant Smorgon smelting individual contracts.

In a blow to the Howard Government's anti-worker agenda, shopping centre chain Westfield has become the first non-state owned company to use NSW law to dodge WorkChoices. [full story]

Building Workers Spooked
Claims that Building Industry spooks infiltrated last week's protest rally outside the Federal Court in Perth are under investigation.

Workers Online understands some of the 107 construction workers charged with striking illegally, in support of a sacked delegate, recognised two Building Industry Commission officers, at the rally, dressed in “Howard Out” t-shirts.  [full story]

Bankers to Train Assassins
Finance sector workers whose jobs have been sent to India are being offered cash inducements not to look elsewhere until they have trained up workers who have under-cut them.

Bankers Trust, the Westpac investment arm, has told 77 Adelaide based staff in the retail administration processes area their jobs will go to lower cost Indian labour. [full story]

Astroboy Blasts Off
Wal-Mart has been forced to back away from comments by a front organisation, linking critics of the anti-union employer with Hezbollah.

Working Families for Wal-Mart member and prominent businessman, Herman Cain, lashed out at “Hezbocrats” - including Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton - for disagreeing with the company's policies. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 First Global Deal Docks in Germany

 Bans Stop the Press

 Deportation for Pay-To-Work Tradesman

 Telstra in Bush Bloodbath

 Boss Punts Assaulted Teen

 Ballots Stuffed By WorkChoices

 Howard in a Spin

 Extras – The Waterfront.

 Activist's What's On!

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Message from the vault - workers rallying in Sydney in support of the Mandurah 107

E D I T O R I A L
Think global - the invasion of Iraq - or, think local, about the war on building workers – in both instances respect for evidence is non-existent, while process is cynically abused.

Dirty Deeds, Done With Sheep

C O L U M N S

Legends
Westie Wing
MLC Ian West ventures beyond Macquarie St and into the desert of the eco rats.

The Soapbox
Testing Times
Former RLPA secretary and Newcastle Knights prop, Tony Butterfield, fires up over dawn raids.

Obituary
Dare to Win
The union movement has lost an inspirational leader of working men and women, writes Jeana Vithoulkas

Fiction
Tommy's Apprentice
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.


LETTERS to the Editor
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