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Issue No. 330 27 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

Unhappy Campers in Court
Four Indian building workers are camping at a Lidcombe union office after being booted out of bunk accommodation for refusing to sign wage-cutting AWAs.

The quartet - crane operators and metal fabricators - are fighting back from a double blow inflicted by John Howard's IR regime. [full story]

Gran Backs Beazley
The grandma who fought John Howard's IR laws, and won, has endorsed Kim Beazley as the next Prime Minister of Australia.

Feisty AMWU member, Karen Palmer, hit national headlines as a WorkChoices victim when Greer Industries gave her the punt the day she returned from surgery. [full story]

Aunty Strikes at Lakemba Mosque
A lead story live-cross on the ABC's 7pm news bulletin last night was the latest casualty of an on-going industrial campaign for better pay and conditions at the national broadcaster.

As reporter John Stewart began his cross to newsreader Juanita Phillips from Lakemba - where Muslim leaders were in a crisis meeting over comments by controversial cleric Sheikh Taj Din al Hilaly - the camera trailed off then cut out. The camera operator then packed up his camera and left the scene.  [full story]

Boeing Clause Flies
“Majority rules” is at the heart of a sweeping rewrite of workplace rules being advocated for Australia.

Delegates at the triennial ACTU Congress want workers to be able to access a “majority rules” trigger in a bid to prevent bitter stand-offs like the one Boeing provoked at Newcastle, last year. [full story]

Rissole Burns Joint Venture
One of the Perth workers being prosecuted by John Howard's building industry police force has kicked a hole in laws that appeared to allow employers to sack at will.

Safety delegate, Mal Peters, has successfully challenged “operational reasons” in the WA Industrial Relations Commission and won the right to have his unfair dismissal case heard. [full story]

US Workers Bush Whacked
The Bush Administration is stripping the right to join unions from millions of its citizens, sparking an official complaint to the International Labour Organisation.

The AFL-CIO alleges a new definition of supervisor, brought down by the Bush-stacked National Labour Relations Board, will effectively destroy collective bargaining rights and deny millions of Americans union protections. [full story]

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E D I T O R I A L
They know their long term task is to drive the minimum wage down in real terms, but they know too that to move too quickly would spell disaster for their political masters.

Little Big Man

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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