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Issue No. 328 13 October 2006  

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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Money Walks Over Jobs
The ANZ Bank is using its massive advertising budget to shut down debate on the off-shoring of jobs and personal information to India.

ANZ, the largest exporter of Australian jobs, threatened to pull $5 million in advertising from News Ltd after the Daily Telegraph exposed the scope of its Bangalore operations. [full story]

Classifieds the New IR Attack Dog
A Sydney electrical company has taken out advertisements in the employment pages of newspapers to threaten workers before they vote on industrial action.

In a new and ingenuous form of intimidation, Wilken Electrical Services is placing ads to employ workers on AWAs, while its current employees bargain for a collective agreement. [full story]

States Keep Stakes in IR Blueprint
An industrial blueprint that restores choice for workers, powers to the industrial umpire and access to state jurisdictions will be debated at the ACTU Congress later this month.

The Industrial Relations Legislation policy, the centrepiece of the union effort to rebuild workers rights under a Labor Government, has been circulated ahead of the October 23 gathering of the movement's policy-making body, [full story]

Meatworkers Boned by WorkChoices
Queensland meatworkers fear for their future after a major employer and dedicated supplier of meat to Coles supermarkets introduced condition-slashing AWAs.

Australian Country Choice, a Queensland meat production and processing company, recently overhauled its meat processing plant at Cannon Hill in the state's south-east to boost production of retail-ready trays of meat for Coles supermarkets.  [full story]

Tune Up for Radio Rentals
Attempts to starve 16 Adelaide technicians onto AWAs have been thwarted by community resistance.

South Australian activists say they have never witnessed the support that buoyed Radio Rentals technicians, during a month-long lockout, that ended with a shock announcement the company would sign a union collective agreement. [full story]


 Activists Notebook

 Democracy Overboard in Bass Strait

 Unionist Targeted for Deportation

 Taxpayers Taken to the Cleaners

 Staff Sunk By Float

 AWB Sets New Low

 Heinemann Pushes the Envelope

 Giant Catastrophe for Crew

 Workers Lose Right to Choose Lawyers

 Skill Vouchers A Dud, AMWU

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The billboard that floored a PM - the ACTU takes its Nov 30 message to the streets

But while these high-brow outlets were indulging in a bit of old fashioned one upmanship they were missing the real story – a leading corporate exerting legal threats and commercial pressure to end a campaign that is clearly hurting it.

The Unknown Tool


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.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Honest John, Would You Like Lies With That
 The Unpromised Land

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