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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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Pay for Work Scheme Floated


Federal Government is being urged to change WorkChoices to ensure Australians get paid for working.

ACTU secretary, Greg Combet, called on Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, to make the amendment in response to the continued refusal of a Melbourne electronics company to pay $33,000 in wages.

South African-owned Heinemann Electrics decided to nick the earnings of 54 employees, after they banned overtime following a WorkChoices-sanctioned ballot.

Although every staff member had worked a full 38-hour week, Heinemann refused to make any payments for the week.

Prime Minister John Howard told federal parliament Heinemann had acted under his 1996 workplace law changes.

Combet told Heinemann staff in Melbourne, this week, the concept of a fair day's pay for a fair day's work, lay at the heart of their dispute.

Combet challenged Andrews to tweak WorkChoices to ensure working people were at least paid for work they had completed.

"Last week Kevin Andrews changed the IR laws to make record-keeping easier for employers," Combet said.

"Why won't he now change the laws to ensure workers get paid for the time they have worked?

"This Government always sides with the employer - even in a case like this where workers are being docked for the time they have already worked."


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