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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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Ban Ki-Moon, Koreans Warn


Korean unions have warned that the man who has replaced Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General is no friend of the workers.

Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ban Ki-Moon took up his post last week, but the Korean Government Employees' Union has raised doubts about his human rights credentials.

"The Korean Government's attitude and policies that it has shown since Korea joined the UN and its agencies, especially the ILO, cause deep concern," the KGEU says.

Korea has never fulfilled its obligations as a member country of the UN and the ILO, a UN specialised agency, and has implemented the recommendations from neither the ILO nor UN human rights related bodies.

Instead, the Government legislated a special act that severely limits government employees' basic labour rights and trade union activities, even without any consultation with government employees unions concerned.

"The Korean Government should pay attention to voices from the international community, which has repeatedly raised concerns and protests about labour repression in Korea," THE UNION SYS.

"It should realise that the continuing disregard for international human rights standards makes a laughingstock out of the Korean Government when it boasts of its promise for "contribution to the international community in resolving conflicts, assisting developing countries, and strengthening human rights and democracy around the world."


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