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Rio Tinto attacks the right to picket
By James Vassilopoulos, in Green Left Weekly, 15 October 1997. Coal & Allied, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto tries to get the NSW Supreme Court to limit the right to picket in the strike against the Hunter Valley No 1 mine.
Solidarity with striking Gordonstone miners
By Brett Kuskopf, in Green Left Weekly 15 October 1997. The American mining company ARCO aims to break the CFMEU, the strongest and most militant union in Australia.
Green ban on Moore Park McDonald's site
AAP, in Sydney Morning Herald, 22 December 1999. A building union today slapped an interim green ban on the construction of a McDonald's restaurant in Sydney's eastern suburbs, saying it would spoil adjoining parkland, an alienation of public space.
Unions protest Telstra job cuts
By Simon Johanson, The Age, 30 March 2000. About 200 employees occupied Telstra's Melbourne headquarters today to protest against the company's plans to slash 16,000 jobs. Telstra announced the reduction in workforce at the same time as announcing a record interim profit of $2.2 billion.
Strike hits up to 2000 Ford workers
By Paul Robinson, Workplace Editor, The Age, 19 August 2000. Ford was forced to lay off the car assembly plant workers because it is dependent on the Natra Radiator company supplying on a just in time management basis and is being struck.
Report recommends individual contracts, says ACTU
AAP, in Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October 2000. Former heads of mining giant Rio Tinto were behind a Business Council of Australia (BCA) report which advocated individual contracts. Rio Tinto is a company notorious for its anti-union behaviour and zealous pursuit of individual contracts.