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Issue No. 323 08 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

All Work and No Pay
John Howard says his 1996 workplace changes are responsible for a boss refusing to pay $33,000 in owed wages.

Defending WorkChoices, Howard revealed Heinemann Electrics' refusal to pay 54 employees for a week's completed work, stemmed from law changes he made a decade ago.  [full story]

Peking Ducks Safety Regs
Chinese Communists are using Amanda Vanstone's guest worker visas to undercut Australian rates on a Sydney construction site.

State-owned Hunan Industrial Equipment Installations has 50 guest workers at a Weatherill Park site that lay idle for a fortnight, after attracting 40 health and safety violations. [full story]

MPs Face Super Clean-Out
Federal MPs who want to pocket 'rolled gold' pension benefits should retire at the next federal election or revert to community standard super under a radical plan floated by Unions NSW.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson says that with community focus on politician's super, after the Prime Minister's decision to renege on his decision to cut benefits, a broader review is now required. [full story]

Gas Man Won't Say What's Cooking
A giant new gas monopoly is refusing to divulge plans for the extermination of a thousand Australian jobs.

Western Australian-based Alinta has celebrated a $6.8 billion takeover of AGL by announcing plans to shed 200 South Australian positions and up to 800 in NSW, but it won't let workers on the secret. [full story]

Crane Boss Lifts Her Profile
The newly-elected president of the Crane Owners Association has flexed her political muscle by sacking a union delegate with 40 years industry experience.

Botany Cranes boss Anne Bradstreet gave Barry Hemsworth his marching orders after he objected to the company shifting OH&S responsibilities to its staff. [full story]

World Bank Hollers for Marshalls
World Bank policy wonks are promoting two US-funded micro-states as models for the workplace of the future.

The 2007 edition of Doing Business, prepared by the Bank's private sector development department, has declared the Marshall Islands to be the world's “Best Performer” for their almost total absence of labour regulation, displacing last year's champion, Palau.  [full story]

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 Activist's What's On!

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Heinemann's novel approach to workplace laws draws a media scrum this week.

E D I T O R I A L
The Office of Workplace Services is emerging as a cross between a media monitoring service and a damage control spin unit, publicly funded but with a sharp partisan political focus.

Peter O'Tool

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.


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