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Issue No. 355 01 December 2006  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Flying High
The Australian international Pilots Association has rejoined the ACTU and president Ian Woods is taking it into new airspace.

Unions: TUF on Toll
As transport giant Toll expands across the region, unions are working together to boost their bargaining power, writes Jackie Woods.

Industrial: Forward to the Past
Anti-union building laws draw their inspiration from a century ago, writes Neale Towart

Economics: Debt and the Economy
Household debt is at record levels. Interest rates are rising. Production of real things is not increasing. The military generates most demand. How long can it go on?

Obituary: The Charlatanry of Milton Friedman
Evan Jones busts some myths about the grand-daddy of free market economics

Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial Pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, writes Neale Towart

Legal: The Fair Deal
Anthony Forsyth proposes a social partnership agenda for Australia

Review: A Little History
The Little History of Australian Unionism is exactly that; fifteen thousand words on the topic, writes Rowan Cahill.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Bully Tactics Can’t Dull Protests
Workers frog-marched into one on one meetings with managers and warned off attending the November 30 rally, now face disciplinary action for standing up for their rights at work.

The Blue Scope steel workers were among thousands who down threats of reprisal to participate in the National Day of Action against Howard Government IR laws. [full story]

Which Bank Slashes Work Rights?
Australia’s largest bank launched a WorkChoices offensive this week – denying staff time off to attend Thursday’s Your Rights at Work rallies and introducing a standard, bank-wide AWA which drastically reduces conditions.

The Finance Sector Union wrote to the bank requesting permission for staff to take time off to attend the union-organised day of action against new IR laws. Permission was denied, said FSU national secretary Paul Schroder.  [full story]

Sunday’s The Day For Future Rallies
Unions NSW has flagged the next major mass mobilisation of workers will occur on a Sunday in April to give all workers and their families to take a stand.

A major rally, with a target of 100,000 participants, will be held in Sydney on April; 22, immediately before the ALP National Conference. [full story]

Carmel Saves Job, Loses Bonus
The woman who fronted the campaign to prevent Westpac off-shoring 485 jobs to India has been denied an annual pay bonus.

Carmel Bourke told the Sydney Rights at Work rally she had been informed this week she would not be receiving the annual bonus, valued at between $3000 and $5000. [full story]

Case Dismissed: No Justice in WorkChoices
New IR laws that undermine job security are making it increasingly difficult for people to serve on juries, a district court judge said this week.

Judge Helen Morgan, while exempting a juror from duty due to financial hardship, said under the new IR framework many employers would shuck their civic obligations and refuse to pay employees or even sack them while on jury duty [full story]

China (S)trains Procurement Policy
Companies doing business with the NSW Government will be forced to meet minimum employment standards, under a new purchasing policy.

But unions are still waiting for a broader policy on local content after a major train-building contract was awarded to a Chinese company. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Global Campaign for Jailed Iranian Union Leader

 Contracts Out on Sole Traders

 Car Companies Do The Dirty

 Historic Case Restores Security

 Final Hurdle for Medibank Sell-Off

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E D I T O R I A L
After much reflection, in consultation with the officers of Unions NSW, I have decided that this will be the final year for Workers Online and that this is its penultimate edition.

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C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Address to the Nation
ACTU secretary Greg Combet's speech to the National Day of Action

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Ian West recalls a time when the earth was flat, unions ran the country and Honest John Howard was the workers’ best friend.

Health
Sick System
Punitive IR laws and a commercially-driven workers compensation scheme are conspiring to bully injured workers, writes Dr Con Costa.


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