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Issue No. 326 29 September 2006  
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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.

N E W S

 Death Sites Under Construction

 Bank Pledge - Safe as Houses

 Brush Big Business: Keating

 Sydney the New Mumbai

 CFMEU Blocks Vets Sale

 Workers Go Cattle Class

 Pay for Work Scheme Floated

 Howard Blesses His Brethren

 Uni Flunks AWA Test

 Minchin Takes Back Door Route

 Solid Group Goes Grassroots

 Shrinking Act

 Activist's What's On!

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.

L E T T E R S
 Seditious Intention
 Botched Surgery
 Values Call
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Bank Pledge - Safe as Houses


An Australian bank is pioneering a radical plan to assist locked out workers by deferring mortgage repayments for the life of their dispute.

Members Equity Bank has offered the support to the 16 Radio Rental staff locked out of their Adelaide employer's premises for a month.

Tony Beck, Head of Workplace Business says Members Equity Bank recognises the Radio Rentals lock out could affect the employees ability to meet their home loan repayments.

"We acknowledge this time is particularly hard for those involved, both emotionally and financially," Beck says.

"Workplace disputes can directly affect an employee's ability to meet the required minimum payments as specified in their mortgage contract."

Beck says with employer lock-outs a tactic being used more and more, workers with mortgages are under extreme pressure because of mortgage commitments.

"Members Equity Bank is extending an invitation to those employees with an ME home loan, affected by industrial action, to approach the Bank for assistance.

"All requests will be individually assessed. However, a customer may request to extend the term of their mortgage contract in order to reduce the amount of each payment, or defer a payment or payments during the period of hardship.

Members Equity Bank (ME) works in partnership with the ACTU, affiliated unions and various industry superannuation funds to deliver a fair deal to working Australian families.

ME is 100% Australian owned and is committed to providing exceptional customer service.


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