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  Issue No 90 Official Organ of LaborNet 30 March 2001  

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Crumby Company


Buttercup makes bread in order to make a profit for the shareholders who risked their money to back the belief that Buttercup could operate more efficiently than other bread makers. Now they've decided that part of that efficiency is to centralise certain operations. That's their right, just as it was and is the right of their employees to live and work where they believe they can get the highest return for their labour.

It's meaningless for the union to bleat that "workers loyally worked for the company", just as it would be for the company to say they loyally paid the workers wages.

It's time unions and "workers" realised that Australia can no longer afford to provide the feather bedding they enjoyed in the past. Those days have gone. A Labour government and the unions will be powerless to turn back the clock. The most honourable thing the vanishing unions could do is help their members understand this new world instead of pretending that they can resist or reverse change.

Class war and redistribution of income are dead. As the modern saying goes "get a life".

Pete Garrone


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: On the Up and Up
On the eve of new figures showing the slide in union membership may be bottoming out, ACTU secretary Greg Combet takes stock of the state of the movement.
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*  Unions: Organising Theory
Labor Council’s Chris Christodoulou reports back from this week’s ACTU Organising Conference
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*  Economics: The Failure of the Third Way
In his presentation to this week's ACTU Organising Conference, John Buchanan painted a dark picture of the emerging labour market.
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*  History: Emblems of Unity
The Gregory J. Smith Collection of Trade Union badges was auctioned today in Sydney. Smith compiled a book on 763 of his remarkable collection which was published in 1992.
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*  Legal: Della's Compo Plan
Labour lawyer Richard Brennan places the NSW workers compensation reforms under the microscope.
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*  International: East Timor Goes Union
Workers in the fledgling nation have established their equivalent to the ACTU to build a safety net for workers.
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*  Satire: Management for the Post-Industrial World
A new management fad is sweeping the post-industrial world, which has major social and political implications at the macro and micro level. We have called it "Purge Management Strategy" (PMS).
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*  Review: Surviving The Temptations of TV Island
Cultural analyst Mark Morey rakes over the coals of American TV culture to find very little is there.
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News
»  Compo Wars: Round One to the Workers
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»  Breakthrough on Sweat-Shops
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»  Beazley to Force Executive Disclosure
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»  Call Centre Union Busters Get Wake-Up Call
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»  Victorious Workers Paint the Picket Red
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»  Grenadier Workers Maintain Vigil
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»  Kembla Water Rats Face Extinction
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»  Employers Told: Casual Workers Have Full-Time Rights
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»  Good On Ya Mum, Buttercup’s Leaving Town
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»  Forty Seven Years of Service Rewarded
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»  Telstra Called to Account on Legionella
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»  Record Low Aussie Dollar Adds to Surging Profits
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»  No Progress on Stonemasons
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»  Burrow Lobbies on BHP and US Trade Abroad
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»  Feed the Shangri-La Workers Fund
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»  STOP PRESS: Union Numbers Up - ABS
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Crumby Company
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