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Issue No. 332 10 November 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Common Ground
Nature Conservation Council director Cate Faehrmann on the fight against global warming and how unions and greens can learn from each other.

Industrial: A Low Act
The Low Paid. The Fair Pay Commission knows who pays them. We can do something about it as they will not.

Unions: The Number of the Least
Forget 666 - 457 is looming as the scariest number for Aussie workers and their families, Jim Marr writes.

Politics: The Smoking Gun
Hayek's henchman, Raplph Harris, goes to free market heaven, writes Evan Jones

Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
They are supposed to ensure the wealth of well-being of individuals. Whats wrong with that? asks Neale Towart

Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, wrties Neal Towart

History: The Art of Social Justice
Tom Martin was a terrific cartoonist and part of a great tradition in labour movement history and culture, swrties Neale Towart.

Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
It pays the bills – usually – but going to work should come with a warning, wrties Jackie Woods.

Culture: A Forgotten Poet
There is little information on the public record about the radical working class poet Ernest Antony, writes Rowan Cahill.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Abrasive Giant Pinged on Sackings
Picketers fighting for a collective agreement at Saint-Gobains have been buoyed by the reinstatement of two unlawfully sacked delegates.

Long serving NUW delegates, Jeff Gearin and Tony Seymour, were marked for the chop when the abrasives multinational tried to impose non-negotiated AWAs on staff at Lidcombe and Wetherill Park. [full story]

Offshoring Good for CV: Qantas
Qantas IT workers, facing unemployment as their jobs are sent to India, have been told the job cuts will be good for their careers.

“We had to go to a presentation where they said being part of the offshoring was a good opportunity for us and something to put on our cv, because we know how to deal with it. It was really humiliating,” said Dagmar Salat, who works on the airline's main website, Qantas.com.  [full story]

Records of Convenience
Flag of Convenience ships, invited onto the coast by the Howard Government, claim to pay seafarers more than three times what they are actually getting.

The rip-off was exposed in Newcastle, last weekend, when ITF inspectors busted the Maltese flagged coal carrier, Caravos Horizon, for fraudulent book keeping. [full story]

Construction Lives Going Cheap
Another el cheapo construction job, run on 457 visas, has been closed on safety grounds.

Thirteen South Koreans vacated digs at the Lake Bolac caravan park after WorkCover inspectors shut the grain silo job in a paddock, 100km west of Ballarat. [full story]

Suncorp in Dee Why Denial
Suncorp is skiting about its role in a Dee Why development but playing Pontius Pilate when it comes to paying contractors for their work.

The insurance giant confirms its involvement via a bold billboard on the site but tells dudded contractors it is not responsible for paying the freight.  [full story]

States Fall to Unions
US union campaigners have shown Australians how to change government after a massive grass roots campaign delivered both houses to the Democrats in mid-term elections.

In what the AFL-CIO has dubbed the 'Victory for Working Families', an estimated 187,000 union volunteers mobilised voters in the final days of the campaign, delivering 74 per cent of all union votes to the Democrats. [full story]

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E D I T O R I A L
Queensland's Peter Beattie is the master, the worse things get, the more he is the man for the job

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Robbo Goes Green
John Robertson's speech to the Walk Against Warming

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at a former public institution and its contribution to NSW.


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