||Issue No. 330||27 October 2006|
Fair Weather Friends
Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Unions: The IT Factor
Politics: Bargain Basement
Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Corporate: Two Sides
International: Unfair Dismissals
History: A Stitch in Time
Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Gran Backs Beazley
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.
Last week, she looked and sounded like a winner, as she introduced the ALP leader to 500 delegates at the ACTU's triennial conference.
Palmer, 60, said she had been looking forward to getting back to work after two bouts of surgery on a shoulder she had injured at Greer Industries.
"Suddenly my boss came up to me and said I had to go up into the management office," she recalled. "He wouldn't tell me why.
"In the office, the head boss sacked me. He said I was a liability and that I had to get my things and leave immediately.
"My boss said, because of John Howard's new laws, he could sack me and there was nothing I could do.
"But Greer got more than they bargained for."
Workers Online can reveal that Greer Industries only got its name out of the headlines when it came up with a substantial compensation payment for the mother-of-three.
Palmer said she had gone to the AMWU and Greer knew it had a fight on its hands.
The popular worker found herself pitched into the national debate about WorkChoices.
"Because of what Greer did, I have already met Mr Beazley," she said.
"The first time, when I flew to Canberra, it was my first time on an aeroplane.
"I'm glad to see him again because he's here to talk about how we are going to get rid of these rotten laws. He said if he got into office, he'd rip these laws up.
"I'm going to vote Labor because he said that and, I reckon, there are a lot of other people who think the same."
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