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Issue No. 328 13 October 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Straw Men
Somewhere between Bangalore and Surrey Hills a story about off shoring of Australian jobs got confused this week; unleashing a round of hand-wringing that speaks volumes about the political and commercial potency of this issue.

F E A T U R E S

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

 Activists Notebook

 Money Walks Over Jobs

 Classifieds the New IR Attack Dog

 States Keep Stakes in IR Blueprint

 Meatworkers Boned by WorkChoices

 Tune Up for Radio Rentals

 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

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
 Honest John, Would You Like Lies With That
 The Unpromised Land
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Leave Your Human Rights At The Door

The new workplace laws introduced by the Howard Government are a serious attack not just on living standards, but also civil liberties.

We already have 107 workers on a building site being prosecuted and facing fines of $28,600.00 for protesting against the unfair sacking of their union delegate.

These laws are extreme and unprecedented in Australian workplace relations.

6.00pm, Wednesday November 1st 2006

NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium

39-41 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills

Speakers

John Robertson - Unions NSW Secretary

Bernadette Peters - Partner of one of the 107 WA workers being prosecuted

Andrew Ferguson - NSW CFMEU Secretary

Maree O'Halloran - NSW Teachers Federation President

Chris Harris - Greens Councillor City of Sydney

Julian Burnside - QC and Human Rights advocate (TBC)

City of Canada Bay Your Rights At Work Committee

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm,

Date: Monday 20 November 2006

Venue: Concord Bowling Club, 1B Clermont Ave, Concord

Since the Howard Government's radical new workplace laws were introduced many unscrupulous employers have attacked the rights of workers. Tens of thousands of workers have been forced onto AWA individual contracts, with most losing pay and basic conditions. Workers from companies with less than 100 employees have been sacked unfairly, but have no legal recourse.

As a community we have an obligation to stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims of these laws and defend their rights at work. We must also fight for fairer work laws that protect basic rights, rather than the Howard Government's 'dog-eat-dog' U.S. style system.

For these reasons concerned community members from the City of Canada Bay have joined together to form a committee to defend the work rights of all local people, and to hold the Howard Government accountable for their IR laws.

You are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of the City of Canada Bay Your Rights At Work Committee. Your support is vital to protect working families now and to defend the future working conditions of our children.

More info: [email protected]


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