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Issue No. 333 17 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

Westpac Banks on Aussies, No Joshing
Westpac workers are celebrating after forcing the bank to abandon plans to offshore the jobs of 485 staff handling sensitive customer information to India.

The announcement came after a public backlash to plans to transfer work from the Concord Transactions and unsecured Lending Originations (TULO) Centre to India became public in October [full story]

Coal Miners Go Green
The miners' union will pressure coal companies to spend more of their booming profits on clean coal technology as part of a new policy on climate change.

Australia's 30,000 coal miners are well placed to influence the climate change debate and have an impact on reducing harmful carbon emissions, says CFMEU national president Tony Maher.  [full story]

TAFE Chiefs Want WorkChoices Cut
TAFE directors are trying to line their own pockets by engineering a massive cost switch from employers to young job hunters.

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) wants to ditch on-the-job apprenticeships for two-year classroom-based diplomas that would force potential trades people to pay its institutions for their training. [full story]

“Elephant” Knocks Over Unicentre
Nearly 100 Unicentre workers have stared down a two-year campaign to deny them a union agreement.

The breakthrough came, this week, when the Wollongong Uni employer caved in to near unanimous opposition to its anti-union posturing. [full story]

Bosses Strike Fair Deals
Unions have opened a new front in the Rights at Work campaign, offering to support 'fair employers' who turn their backs on Australian Workplace Agreements.

Businesses ranging from florists to bookshops, bottle shops to cafes have already signed up to the scheme, which will be promoted by more than 40 Rights at Work committees across NSW. [full story]

NSW Swings to Rights
Thousands of rank and file NSW workers are now involved in Your Rights at Work committees, dedicated to knocking off WorkChoices.

Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, welcomed the establishment of the 42nd and 43 committee - based in the Sutherland Shire and Sydney's Northside - this week. [full story]

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 Super Result for Industry Funds

 Smithfield Packers Shelved

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E D I T O R I A L
There is a natural alliance between decent small business operators and workers - both are victims of the power plays of big corporates who view competition and respect as commercial impediments.

Salty Sea Dog

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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