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Issue No. 325 22 September 2006  

A Values Call
Opposition leader Kim Beazley has copped a bit of flak in the past week for his Aussie Values Pledge, but we reckon he got it at least half right.


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.


 From Comrades to CUBs

 Workers Demand Right to Know

 Flying Kangaroo Eyes Passage to India

 It’s A Secret: Ballot Boosts ABC Campaign

 Brake WorkChoices, NSW Urged

 City or the Bush? It’s Telstra’s Call

 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


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.

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

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

 Fair Crack
 Aussie Values DOA
 It’s Not Cricket
 Kim’s New Platforms
 Reaping What You Sow
 Roll Out the Tanks
 Auntie Hijacked
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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.

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission in August rejected a bid by Futuris to terminate a 2003 certified agreement, but pressed ahead on its rollout of AWAs.

"The company has thwarted all reasonable attempts to begin a dialog," National Union of Workers state secretary Derrick Belan said.

Unions NSW called on the government to follow Victoria's lead and only deal with businesses that have pre-WorkChoices agreements.

Secretary of Unions NSW, John Robertson, said there needed to be a requirement for good faith bargaining in state government contracts.

He said the NSW Government should follow the lead of the Victorians and only deal with businesses that steered clear of the Howard Government's industrial relations laws.

Meanwhile, Robertson welcomed the introduction of legislation to the NSW Parliament designed to further protect NSW workers.

Objectives of the Industrial Relations Further Amendment Bill are:

to ensure current provisions for the protection of injured workers remain viable and accessible;

to protect employees who raise OHS issues from sacking or bullying;

to ensure the NSW Industrial Relations Commission can continue dispute resolution functions; and

to facilitate co-operation between the NSW IRC and state counterparts for things such as wage fixing.

"This is a very important step in trying to isolate as many workers as we can," Robertson said.

Robertson said there should be an element of retrospectivity in the legislation to protect people who have been victimised for raising OHS issues after the introduction of WorkChoices.


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