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Lawyers Pose as Students to Nail Workers


Workers protesting outside the Sydney corporate offices of Chase Manhattan Bank yesterday were photographed by a union-busting lawyer masquerading as a student journalist.

Chase Manhattan was targeted by several hundred supporters of the workers who have been locked out by Joy Manufacturing - for offering financial support to the company.

Joy workers say Chase Manhattan has provided $750 million to the American multinational corporation Harnischfeger Industries, who wholly owns Joy.

"This American company has come to this country to bust the union," the AMWU's John Parkin said.

Amongst the workers enjoying a sausage sizzle were a number of strangely out of place suits, later identified as members of the law firm Middletons, Moore and Bevin.

One young suit, taking photos of speakers, identified himself as working for 'Honi Soit' the University of Sydney's student newspaper. When challenged later, he admitted he was lawyer named 'Chris'.

The heavy-handed tactics follow moves by Joy's lawyers to personally sue university students and union officials Andrew Ferguson and Arthur Rorris for supporting the Moss Vale workers.

South Coast Labor Council secretary Arthur Rorris said the rally "would send a message that we are keeping an eye on those who are propping up thugs like Joy."


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Features
*  Interview: Greg Sword Unsheathed
The NUW national secretary is set to be endorsed as ALP Federal president next week. He talks about the relationship between the two wings of the labour movement.
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*  Unions: Phone Rage, Headaches and Stress
A comprehensive survey of the call centre industry conducted by the ASU has revealed an industry workplace culture dominated by excessive monitoring and stress.
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*  Economics: And the Winner Is .... Sydney?
Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt looks at the export impact of the Sydney Olympics and asks if we'll win gold.
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*  International: Western Sahara: Referendum Or War?
A June UN referendum in Western Sahara could have provided the people of Western Sahara a chance to exercise their right to self-determination and independence. It didn't.
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*  History: The Union's Roots in Song
We look at some of the songs that kept working people going through their darkest hours.
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*  Media: Unchaining the ABC
The ALP needs to rethink our public institutions to determine how they might better deliver the ends for which they were originally established.
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*  Environment: Motorways Fail the Pollie Test
Our daily grind of congested roads, polluted air, and frustrated motorists is putting all and sundry to the test, and not least Liberal and Labor politicians.
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*  Satire: Murdoch Launches Bid for Under-9s Netball Team
Sydney's lucrative junior league netball broadcasting market has been shaken by a bid by one of the world's most predatory entrepreneurs, Rupert Murdoch, to secure ownership of the most successful team in the league.
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*  Review: Espionage a Trois
The Whitlams' brass section his teamed with some of the hippest cats in Sydney to make the sort of music you'll want to shoot baddies to.
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»  Grief Support for Workplace Tragedies
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»  Workers Invited to Mark Federation
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Viva Eavesdropping Jonesy
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»  Globalisation and Maintaining Our Lifestyle
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»  Crappiest Music Feedback
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