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Issue No. 324 15 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

Broken Down and Packaged for Export
A Chinese tradesman who sold his family home to get to Australia has been left destitute and injured in suburban Melbourne.

Zu Zhihong, 49, became the latest victim of Immigration Minister Amanada Vanstone's plan to cut Australian earnings, when he was deserted by Lakeside Packaging after breaking both wrists at its Campbellfield factory. [full story]

Child's Play: New Low for Spooks
John Howard's Building Industry police are grilling kids and standing over employers to prevent people getting work.

The accusations were levelled by a Brisbane man who retaliated by forming a Workers Civil Rights Committee. [full story]

Judge Lashes Building Laws
John Howard's Building Industry laws are so out of whack with community standards that successful convictions could undermine respect for the law, a Federal Court judge has suggested.

Justice Tony North lashed sections of Howard's Building Industry legislation while tossing out another batch of prosecutions served up by the Prime Minister's controversial Building Industry Commission. [full story]

Buy Gum and Masticate on "Associates"
American gum giant, Wrigleys, is using WorkChoices to try to chew up the living standards of nearly 100 Sydney families.

The multi-national abandoned negotiations when it couldn't get its own way on clawbacks, and hit employees with AWAs. [full story]

Bosses on the Barbie
The battle for a collective agreement at Radio Rentals will move to the well-heeled suburbs of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, this weekend.

Supporters of Radio Rentals technicians, locked out for a month in a bid to starve them onto income-slashing AWAs, will protest outside the homes of company directors. [full story]

No Secrets On Union Agenda
Employers would have to show the majority did not want a collective agreement before they could force contracts on their workers, under a union plan to restore democracy to the workplace.

The report 'A Fair Go At Work', based on a high-level international fact finding tour, earlier this year, recommends a system based on good faith collective bargaining with the onus on employers to prove this is not what the majority want. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Medibank Sale "Critical"

 OWS: Better Never Than Late

 Youth Workers Beat AWAs

 Kiwis Demand Shelf Respect

 Meat Man Steaks Claim

 Heinemann Chooses Its Laws

 Air Safety Crashes

 Super-Size Me

 Less is More for Dixon

 Activist's What's On!

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Bank On It - Medibank Private campaigner, Michael Tull, tells Unions NSW delegates the future of the health insurer will be a federal election issue.

E D I T O R I A L
How can the will of one in the face of the majority have anything to do with democracy? Surely this is closer to the principles of anarchy – each to their own with no regard for the others.

Billion Dollar Baby

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
 Tony Terrific

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