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Issue No. 332 10 November 2006  

Affairs of State
For those of us on the left of politics it’s been a week where there is more joy in thinking global rather than focussing on the local.


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.


 Abrasive Giant Pinged on Sackings

 Offshoring Good for CV: Qantas

 Records of Convenience

 Construction Lives Going Cheap

 Suncorp in Dee Why Denial

 States Fall to Unions

 Bisshop Looking for Converts

 Guestworkers Off the Menu

 AAPT Hangs Up on Country Jobs

 Super Funds Fight Telstra Perks

 Taxing Times for Compo Cheat


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

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

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Bisshop Looking for Converts

Audi driving hired-gun, Steve Bisshop, is back on the front line of the fight to impose AWAs on unwilling workers.

Bisshop, a privateer who arrived on Sydney's IR scene as point-man for Morris McMahon in its bitter, drawn out battle with AMWU members, last year, is back.

He's moved just around the corner to Thompson Roller Doors at Turella where he has injected himself into another battle to impose Howard Government individual contracts.

At Morris McMahon he was called, Crisis Manager, a role that seemed to involve shepherding scabs and organising security.

Under bizarre new industrial laws, he's showed up in the guise of "mediator", company mediator that is, running a campaign described as "blatant discrimination" by union officials.

Thompson Roller doors sacked its AMWU delegate then tried to move the staff onto AWAs. The sweetener was more money than it was prepared to pay staff on the collective agreement.

Last week, AMWU state president Tim Ayres, called that strategy "blatant discrimination".

The AMWU has begun unlawful dismissal proceedings over the sacking of its delegate.

Meanwhile, a company controlled by a Fortune 500 merchant bank has announced its intention to make redundant 52 workers, the exact number of trade unionists on its payroll.

Representatives of Trafalgar Building Supplies dropped the bombshell, this week, in the middle of strike action over its refusal to protect entitlements.

Trafalgar has about 80 people on its payroll, all-up.


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