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Issue No. 325 22 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

From Comrades to CUBs
The man who turned the Rugby League Professionals Association into a trade union has warned a proposed new deal to take NRL funding would sideline players’ industrial rights.

Recently retired RLPA secretary Tony Butterfield, a former Unions NSW organiser of the year, says the Association’s new leadership has failed to consult with members and doubts the proposal will be endorsed. [full story]

Workers Demand Right to Know
Westpac has been forced to delay plans to send up to 500 jobs to India as community anger grows about the off-shoring of Australian jobs.

As unions put forward a proposal to change the law to force company to tell customers where their information is sent overseas, Westpac is refusing to tell their back office workforce what it intends to do with them.  [full story]

Flying Kangaroo Eyes Passage to India
Qantas is even further advanced on plans to send jobs to the sub-continent, with two Indian companies short-listed to take over the airline’s IT functions.

Up to 400 employees currently working in-house at Qantas Information Technology Pty Ltd (QFIT), including programmers, website developers and application support staff, are at risk. [full story]

It’s A Secret: Ballot Boosts ABC Campaign
Organisers of Thursday’s nation-wide strike at the ABC would like to issue a special thankyou – to none other John Winston Howard, architect of the IR changes designed to weaken unions and undermine working conditions.

Where unions could previously organise a strike on the strength of a show of hands they must now hold a secret ballot of members, a strategy designed to undermine union solidarity. In this case, it backfired.  [full story]

Brake WorkChoices, NSW Urged
The Iemma Government is facing pressure to pull the pin on a brake manufacturer forcing its workers onto AWAs.

Western Sydney-based Futuris Brakes, which supplies brakes to state-owned corporation RailCorp, is refusing to negotiate a collective agreement with its workers. [full story]

City or the Bush? It’s Telstra’s Call
A change in the definition of what makes a rural job has led to pay cuts of $25,000 per annum for more than 100 Telstra sub-contractors.

Under the new guidelines, ‘regional work’ is now defined as being within 30 kilometres of a town centre rather being based on the services available at the work site, such as guttering and street lamps. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Compo Rights a Burning Issue

 2500 Get Coles Shoulder

 Hardie Payrise Stiffs Victims

 WorkChoices Reverse Somersault with Pike

 Qantas Workers Ground AWAs

 Latest Import: Childcare Workers

 Let Tem Eat Cake!

 Mugabe Thugs Mug Unionists

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Let The Eat Cake! Hotel cleaners pitched in to help the cash-strapped Commonwealth Bank pay for some hired help.

E D I T O R I A L
Industrial relations is one of the key battle grounds in this subterranean cultural war - the erosion of workers' right in return for the individual freedom that the business lobby tells us we crave.

The Charging Accountant

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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 It’s Not Cricket
 Kim’s New Platforms
 Reaping What You Sow
 Roll Out the Tanks
 Auntie Hijacked

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