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Issue No. 333 17 November 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Altered States
OK, so it wasn't unpredictable to see the High Court bow down at the altar of expanded federal powers this week, but in ruling this way our most senior judges have betrayed something more profound.

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.

N E W S

 Westpac Banks on Aussies, No Joshing

 Coal Miners Go Green

 TAFE Chiefs Want WorkChoices Cut

 “Elephant” Knocks Over Unicentre

 Bosses Strike Fair Deals

 NSW Swings to Rights

 Sparks Fly Over Electrical Interference

 States Quarantine Remaining Rights

 Carpeted Victorians Fight AWAs

 Golden Geese Rule - Have a Gander

 Super Result for Industry Funds

 Smithfield Packers Shelved

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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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.

The program calls on employers to endorse five fair employment principles including respecting the right of workers to be union members and not to use AWAs.

Employers who sign up will display a 'Fair Employer' sticker on their shopfront and be promoted on a special website.

Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said the program was an opportunity for employers who believed in workers rights to make a stand - and be promoted as businesses that working families should support.

"As the Rights at Work campaign has gathered momentum many small employers and business have told me they do not support the Howard Government's IR changes because they see that it will be bad for business and bad for their communities," Robertson says.

"This Scheme will mean that businesses who treat their workers fairly will become preferred suppliers for working families.

"Losing the support of two million potential customers will be something businesses will have to weigh up when they consider taking the low-road of cutting wages and conditions under WorkChoices."

Unions NSW has set a target of 1,000 employers signed up to the scheme within its first 12 months.

The Office of NSW IR Minister, John Della Bosca, has backed the initiative and committed the state government to signing up.


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