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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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Solid Group Goes Grassroots


A new activist group has set its sights on the crane company that sacked a worker who raised safety concerns.

Worker Solidarity, which describes itself as a network of people who care about workers rights, is planning a blockade of Botany Cranes in Banksmeadow on October 16th.

The group's convener said Workers Solidarity was formed as a way the broader community could show their opposition to the Howard Government's industrial relations laws.

"The huge fines, and even threats of gaol time, facing union officials could work to dishearten workers," convener Rose Jackson said.

"Worker Solidarity thinks that when unions are prevented from taking action, the community should step in."

Union delegate at Botany Cranes, Barry Hemsworth, was sacked for "insubordination" when he raised concerns about the company shifting its safety responsibilities onto workers.

The Federal Government's WorkChoices laws have denied Hemsworth "unfair dismissal" action and its construction industry laws have prevented his colleagues from taking action.

Since the dismissal, Hemsworth has manned a shed in front of the company's site and says he will not leave until he is reinstated.

The Worker Solidarity action will kick of at 6am, with breakfast provided.

Worker Solidarity can be contacted at [email protected]


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