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Issue No. 329 20 October 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Finance Sector Union national secretary Paul Schroder is standing between the big banks and a bucket of money.

Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Chris Christodoulou gives seven reasons why WorkChoices is bad for business

Unions: The IT Factor
The future of Australian IT looks grim as big companies lead the rush to India and China, writes Jackie Woods.

Politics: Bargain Basement
Simple principles of democracy underpin the ACTU's collective bargaining proposal, insists ACTU Secrteary Greg Combet.

Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Al Gore may be warning of climate breakdown, but what hope the truth when he's up against such a well-oiled machine? asks Paul Sheridan

Corporate: Two Sides
Bilateral trade agreements are a good idea – just ask the US multinationals. The rest of us should strongly disagree says Pat Ranald

International: Unfair Dismissals
Nearly 10,000 workers were fired for their trade union activities in 2005, an annual trade union survey shows.

History: A Stitch in Time
Neale Towart takes some lessons from female textile workers while considering the case for recognition ballots.

Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
A film charting the turmoil of the Irish war for independence against British occupation during the 1920s might seem an odd choice for top honours at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Bananas in the Mail
Australia Post is treating staff who delivered them a half billion dollar profit like monkeys, offering them the equivalent of four bananas a week in wage talks.

That's the math done by an Australia Post mail officer, when confronted with a wage offer of three per cent per annum. [full story]

Dragons Slay St George
Sixty St George bank officers have pulled the plug on “corporate greed” by refusing to train low-cost Indian replacements.

“It's got nothing to do with the Indians, they are nice people,” collections department worker, Anna Korpouzas, said today. “It's our reaction to corporate greed. [full story]

Collective Contracts Still Rule
Almost triple the number of workers have signed up to collective as individual agreements since the Federal Government's new IR laws were introduced in March.

Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews spruiked the figures as a victory for 'freedom of choice' for workers to enter into the full range of agreements.  [full story]

Boeing Bombs Individual Contracts
WorkChoices champion, Boeing, has grounded its objection to collective agreements.

The American aerospace giant that locked engineers out of its Williamtown operation, near Newcastle, for 265 bitter days has offered employees a collective contract. [full story]

Multis Raid Nest Eggs
A company boasting annual income of $282 million is behind attempts to strip 55 long-serving Sydney employees of $4.5 million in entitlements.

Arrowcrest Group Pty Ltd is the parent company of Tristar Steering and Automotive which used John Howard's IR laws to go after the retirement nest eggs of staff, with up to 43 years service, in the AIRC, this week. [full story]

"Guests" Stood Over, AMWU
A Brisbane labour hire company accused of exploiting Filipino guest workers has forced them to sign new contracts they couldn't understand while barring union representation, the AMWU claims.

The workers, who last week appealed to the their union for help over underpayment and substandard conditions, claimed their employer stood over them yesterday and told them the Prime Minister was on his side. [full story]

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 Qantas IT calls Bangalore home

 Three Question Method

 AWAs: Kids Stuff

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Korean workers demonstrate the new UN Secretary General's credentials on labour rights

E D I T O R I A L
The ACTU Congress brings a new tactic into play, a positive agenda to rebuild workers rights, based around enforceable bargaining rights and workplace democracy.

Dancin’ With Mr Vanstone

C O L U M N S

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a walk around the backyard with the Prime Minister…

The Soapbox
Rise Up
Hugo Chavez's explosive address to the United Nations

Culture
The Fear Factor
A new analysis of the history of fear takes us from the war on terror all the way to the modern workplace.


LETTERS to the Editor
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