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F E A T U R E S

Interview: Battle Stations
Opposition leader Kim Beazley says he's ready to fight for workers right. But come July 1, he'll have to be fighting by different rules.

Unions: The Workers, United
It was a group of rank and filers who took centre stage when workers rallied in Sydney's Town Hall, writes Jim Marr.

Politics: The Lost Weekend
The ALP had a hot date, they had arranged to meet on the Town Hall steps, and Phil Doyle was there.

Industrial: Truth or Dare
Seventeen ivory towered academics upset those who know what is best for us last week.

History: A Class Act
After reading a new book on class in Australia, Neale Towart is left wondering if it is possible to tie the term down.

Economics: The Numbers Game
Political economist Frank Stilwell offers a beginners guide to understanding budgets

International: Blonde Ambition
Sweden can be an inspiration to labour movements the world over, as it has had community unionism for over 100 years, creating a vibrant caring society, rather than a "productive" lean economy.

Training: The Trade Off
Next time you go looking for a skilled tradesman and can’t find one, blame an economist, writes John Sutton.

Review: Bore of the Worlds
An invincible enemy has people turning against one another as they fight for survival – its not just an eerie view of John Howard’s ideal workplace, writes Nathan Brown.

Poetry: The Beaters Medley
In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ‘The Nine Myths of Modern Unionism’

The Locker Room
Wrist Action
Phil Doyle trawls the murky depths of tawdry sleaze, and discovers Rugby is behind it all.

Culture
To Hew The Coal That Lies Below
Phil Doyle reviews Australia's first coal mining novel, Black Diamonds and Dust.

Parliament
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.

E D I T O R I A L

After the Action
After a National Week of Action that has had everything from mass rallies in all capital cities to IR chat rooms opening on the Vogue Magazine website it’s fair to say that the first objective of this campaign – to raise public awareness – has been achieved.

N E W S

 Don't Get Angry, Get Organised

 Feds Threaten Hardie Battlers

 Beasts of Bourbon Play Dog

 Churches on Workplace Mission

 Unions Are The New Black

 Muster Has Bosses in Fluster

 Workers Flood to Protests

 Official: Libs Don’t Know Own Laws

 Schools Out For Uni Bosses

 IR Campaign Taxing Andrews

 Air Safety at Risk

 Carr Runs Over Lib Laws

 Aga Khan Workers Gaoled

 Activists Whats On!

L E T T E R S
 Workers Give In FNQ
 Power and the Passion
 Mao and Then
 The Third Way Hits A Dead End
 Unfair For All
 What Is To Be Done?
 Black Hawk Up
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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Poetry

The Beaters Medley


In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.

He returned to old masterpieces to rework them for the post-modern nineteenth century workplace. Unfortunately, each time Sir Paul started to write a new song, he was interrupted by the realities of the new workplace about to confront Australian workers. However, put them together - the original songs are in brackets - and you have a tell-tale medley of the Magical Mystery Tour that workers will experience as they stare down the Revolver and call for Help!

[Hello, Goodbye]

You say yes, I say no.
I say stop and you go go go, on an
AWA and I say oh no
Oh no Oh NO
I don't know why you think I'll sign, cause I said no
Oh no Oh NO
I don't know why you think I'll sign, cause I said no...

I say higher, you say lower.
I say why and you say if I don't, oh-oh.
You'll say goodbye and so I signed it straight away
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[Norwegian Wood]

I once had a boss, or should I say, he once had me.
He showed me my place, better be good, that's understood

He asked me to work Sunday night, said it only was fair,
To pay a flat rate though he looked like a millionaire
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[A Hard Day's Night]

It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a dog
It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a log
But when I get home to you I find I didn't get any overtime pay
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[If I Fell]

If I got a job with you
Would you promise to be true
And help me in this regard
'cause I've had a job before
And I found that work was more
Than just working hard

If I work my heart for you
I must be sure
From the very start
That you would pay me
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[I Should Have Known Better]

I should have known better with a man like you,
That I'd believe everything said was true
And I did, hey, hey, hey, and I'm screwed.
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[You're going to lose that girl]

You're going to lose that job,
You're going to lose that job.
If you don't join the union now,
The boss will change his mind,
And you will just go home tonight,
You won't be back again.
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[Help!]

When I was younger, it was only yesterday,
I never needed any union's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Cause I signed a contract now I'm being shown the door.

Help me keep my job, I'm feeling down
And do appreciate you being round.
Help me organise here on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.
Help me, help me....oooooh


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