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Issue No. 356 21 December 2006  

Interview: The Terminator
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson looks back on the highs and lows of a year when the battle lines were drawn.

Industrial: Vive La Resistance
Jim Marr glances back through a year of news and discovers plenty of reason for optimism�

Unions: Breaking News
The web offered new ways of covering unions issues. Here�s ten ways Workers Online tried to do things differently.

History: Seven Deadly Sins
Looking back on our annual year-ender editorials gives a nice overview of the journey we have taken.

Economics: Back to the Future
Political economist Frank Stilwell looks back at a year that saw the passing of the drivers of two strains of economic thought.

Politics: Organising and Organisations
Organising for unionists can mean overcoming the �union�. The �rolling of the right� by the BLF rank and file shows the power of workers united to defeat the power of bosses and certain union bosses.

International: Web Retrospective
Unions and the web � What's changed in the last seven years? The short answer is � everything and nothing, wrties Eric Lee

Review: Shock Therapy
Unreconstructed Kazakhi journalist Borat is unleashed on the �US and A� offending everyone � except the bigots.

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High Flyers Go For Gold
Qantas executives will trouser more than $100 million to see home a takeover bid expected to slash jobs and services.

The massive sweeteners, set to net CEO Geoff Dixon, alone, $60 million, are key elements in a private equity takeover that would replace around $8 billion in shareholder funds with debt. [full story]

Hospital Staff Prescribe Radical Surgery
The largest hospital in Sydney's outer west has emerged as a WorkChoices battleground, with two thirds of employees saying 'No' to John Howard's radical IR regime.

Workers at Nepean Hospital, the biggest workplace in the federal marginal seat of Lindsay have set up a campaign committee that this week presented NSW Premier, Morris Iemma with a petition of more than 2,000 signatures. [full story]

Holland Goes Dutch on Safety
The federal government has given John Holland the green light to jump out of state OH&S systems and self-insure under Comcare in a move certain to lower construction industry safety standards.

Despite a dubious safety record, John Holland completed the formalities when the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Council brushed CFMEU calls for affected workers to be consulted. [full story]

New Thinking to Transport Sydney
Wealthy Sydneysiders are riding a Rolls Royce public transport system while battlers are still in the horse and buggy era, according to a new report on transport options.

Frustration with political buck-passing and short-term fixes led the RTBU to commission �Moving On� from the University of Technology Sydney's Institute for Sustainable Futures. [full story]

Check Mate - Track Your Personal Info
St George shareholders have warned the bank it would put 'blood on the shares' if it moved ahead with plans to offshore jobs to India, as unions launched a consumer site to help chart the jobs drift.

The Finance Sector Union's site lists every bank and every job that has been sent off-shore, as well as explaining what personal information would be sent with the jobs.  [full story]

WorkChoices on a Trolley
A planeload of immigrants has been flown into Darwin to take the jobs of trolley collectors, earning $9 an hour at the Casuarina Shopping Centre.

The surprise Christmas present was delivered, in person, by a Starlink boss who told disgruntled locals he was flying north to discuss their grievances. [full story]


 See No Evil, OEA

 Feltex Carpets PM's Fibs

 Workers Blood on the Walls

 Lift For Unfair Dismissal Campaign

 No Discrimination on Choice

 Vanstone Opens New Meat Market

 Activists' Notebook

email workers to a friend latest breaking news from labornet
The �time wall� chronicles milestones in union movement history, including the 888 campaign for 8 hours work, rest and sleep.

Given that eight years is the maximum time a successful US President has to rule the Free World, we can�t complain about our innings. In fact, looking at Australia�s political situation at present, fixed terms seem like a pretty good idea.

They Call Me Bruce


The Future
So Where to Now?
Amanda Tattersall outlines her plans for Working NSW and the challenge of connecting research, communications and campaigning.

Gone But Not Forgotten
Augusto Pinochet Ugarte (1915-2006). His memory is still being honoured, writes Jim Marr

The Westie Wing
Our favourite politician bids adieu and hangs up his chestnuts.

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