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Issue No. 329 20 October 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Sucking the Oranges
Every three years the Australian union movement comes together for a gathering that is part policy forum, part Jamboree, the ACTU Congress.

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.

N E W S

 Bananas in the Mail

 Dragons Slay St George

 Collective Contracts Still Rule

 Boeing Bombs Individual Contracts

 Multis Raid Nest Eggs

 "Guests" Stood Over, AMWU

 Aunty Off the Air

 Ban Ki-Moon, Koreans Warn

 Super Shafting at Telstra

 Qantas IT calls Bangalore home

 Three Question Method

 AWAs: Kids Stuff

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.

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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.

"St George is shafting Australian people. They are the ones they should be looking after, the people who keep their doors open."

Staff at the bank's Kogarah office voted not to train the Indian advance party, sent to Australia to learn jobs their compatriots will take over next year.

They arrived at Kogarah on Wednesday, after Aussie staff had been informed they would lose their jobs, sometime next year.

St George has indicated their services could be dispensed with in January, February or March but given them nothing in writing.

One worker told the Sydney Morning Herald St George's training program was like "being asked to dig your own grave".

She said workmates had families and mortgages and their treatment made her "feel sick".

Karpouas fields calls from St George clients who have fallen behind in their loan repayments. Under the bank's plan those customers will deal with staff in India.

"St George is telling us to keep the boat afloat until other workers up and running.

"It's the government's fault this is happening and it will only be a short-term solution," she said.


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