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Issue No. 334 24 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

OWS: Cash for Query Scam
One of the first victims of WorkChoices has been told she has to pay nearly $100 to discover the results of a government investigation.

Doctor’s receptionist Rhonda Walke has been told she must pay to see the results of five page report into her sacking, after 20 years of service, by the Office of Workplace Services. [full story]

Watchdog Bites Own Pups
As workers around the nation prepare to rally on November 30 workers in the Howard Government’s own employment rights watchdog are feeling the bite of WorkChoices

A Howard appointee to the Federal Court has upheld a decision by a federal government department to ban its own staff from attending next week’s Your Rights at Work rally in their own time. [full story]

Silver Lining to Qantas Storm
The threat of a private equity takeover bid could actually be in the interests of Qantas workers battling the spread of low-cost internal competition.

The Qantas pilots’ union, AIPA, is approaching the private consortium, including Macquarie Bank and Texas Pacific Group in a bid to take a stake in the deal which they say could restore standards to the airline. [full story]

Wages Heading South Under WorkChoices
Workers in NSW are being hard hit by the Government's industrial relations laws with average wages for full time employees dropping $33 a week in real terms over the last year.

The research by ACTU President Sharan Burrow, shows NSW workers have experienced the biggest fall in real wages for full time workers of all the States. [full story]

Hardies Finally Coughs Up
After six years of campaigning and two and a half years of intensive negotiations, unions and asbestos victims groups have secured a final deal from James Hardie to compensate Australian victims of its asbestos products.

Hardie and the NSW Government this week signed a tax office approved, Amended Final Funding Agreement which will see the first payments to the asbestos compensation fund as soon as next February. [full story]

Face Up to Save Harbour
The maritime union is calling on Sydneysiders to put their faces to a historic ‘pictition’ – a photographic collage with a mission to protect the working harbour.

The pictition’s aim is to stop the closure of Sydney as a working harbour and highlight the negative social and environmental impacts of the plan to move port operations to Port Kembla and Newcastle. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 STOP PRESS: Workers Docked for Meeting Pollies

 Telstra Redundancies ‘Inhumane’

 AWAs Carpeted

 Contracts Shut Down

 ILO Gets Tough on Forced Labour

 Houston Win Sparks Hope for New Era

 Full List of November 30 Venues

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
Up to half a million workers are set to take to the streets this week to kick start the final phase of the Rights at Work campaign.

E D I T O R I A L
The mistake as we enter this phase is think of the Rights at Work campaign as being about the ‘issue’ of industrial relations. To be effective it must be about much more than that.

The Corporate Vaile

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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