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Issue No. 355 01 December 2006  
E D I T O R I A L

Seven Year Itch
For the past seven years, over 335 issues, Workers Online has been chronicling events in the labour movement and passing our judgments on all things union.

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.

N E W S

 Global Campaign for Jailed Iranian Union Leader

 Bully Tactics Can’t Dull Protests

 Which Bank Slashes Work Rights?

 Sunday’s The Day For Future Rallies

 Carmel Saves Job, Loses Bonus

 Case Dismissed: No Justice in WorkChoices

 China (S)trains Procurement Policy

 Contracts Out on Sole Traders

 Car Companies Do The Dirty

 Historic Case Restores Security

 Final Hurdle for Medibank Sell-Off

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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News

Car Companies Do The Dirty


Holden and Ford have been accused om reneging on their agreement to keep car component factory Ajax operating until next March.

The Australian Workers' Union says management of the major car companies should bow their heads in shame for double-crossing more than 180 Ajax workers.

The car companies informed a meeting today - which involved AWU officials and administrator Price Waterhouse Coopers - that they were walking away from the deal reached in August to keep Ajax running until March, providing the administrator with time to prepare the business for sale.

"Despite the cloud hanging over their heads, our members at Ajax have kept working their hearts out, and have kept supplying quality products on-time to these car companies," AWU Victorian Secretary Cesar Melhem says

"It is truly sickening for these companies to turn around and treat our members and their families so callously.

"If the car companies weren't prepared to keep their side of the deal, the very least they could have done was to give us some warning that they were going to renege.

"Instead, we now have to deliver some truly terrible news to our members.

"A month out from Christmas, these hard-working Australians are facing the real prospect of losing their jobs and the full entitlements they have accrued over many years of loyal service."


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