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  Issue No 105 Official Organ of LaborNet 03 August 2001  

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Would it not be possible for the international labour movement to set up a world-wide website where members could find information on companies which have bad industrial relations records and be offered the option to protest via email to their directors,and sign online petitions.

I feel the publicity generated by the inclusion on such a site (or the threat of it) would make negotiations with such companies much easier.I would like to draw your attention to www.stoptorture.org ,which i feel would be an excellent model for what I am suggesting.This site was developed and is maintained by http://www.getactivesoftware.com ,the leaders in the field of such software. Perhaps the application forms of trade unions could offer the option for local branches to send email on behalf of members as issues arise in the event of them not having internet access.

Union and Left leaning organizations worldwide could all provide access from their sites via a link

I also think that the development of a union orientated chatroom would be beneficial to the development of original ideas from the grassroots level and give us all the feeling of being part of a thriving community.

Yours Fraternally

Kris McHale

Ed: thanks for the ideas - we do have a chatroom on LaborNet - just waiting for critical mass to make it work!


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Features
*  Interview: Whose Advocate?
Employment Advocate Jonathon Hamberger argues the case for his organisation's survival and reveals his secret union past.
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*  Politics: CHOGM: What Should Unions Do?
Activists Peter Murphy and Vince Caughley kick off the debate about what is the appropriate action ot take when CHOGM leaders meet in Brisbane
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*  E-Change: 2.1 - The Changing Corporate Landscape
In the second part of their series on the impact of new technology, Peter Lewis and Michael Gadiel try to understand the new corporate playing field.
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*  Unions: Hamburgled
Jim Marr reports that the Employment Advocate has been handed a chance to salvage some credibility by cleaning up anti-union practices in the call centre industry.
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*  Economics: Privatisation: The Dangerous Road
Frank Stilwell argues that the corporate collapses of HIH and One Tel are potent reminders of the downside of ‘people’s capitalism’.
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*  History: Hard-Earned Lessons
Art Shostack looks at the legacy of the landmark strike by PATCO air traffic controllers 20 years ago.
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*  International: Political Prisoner
Greenpeace campaigner Nic Clyde, facing up to six years gaol in the United States for taking part in a non-violent protest, speaks exclusively with workers Online.
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*  Review: Seven Pubs and Seven Nights
Labor Council's newest recruit, Susan Sheather, shows she respects tradition by going in search of the perfect bar
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*  Satire: Obituary: Mr Rob Cartwright - Captain of Industry
In all fields of endeavour, there are those who command our respect through their sheer commitment to excellence. One such titan was Rob Cartwright, whose chosen field, the obscure HR discipline of "moving people onto individual contracts" lost its greatest practitioner and champion late last night, following a tragic self-inflicted accident.
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»  Activist Notebook
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Columns
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
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»  Tri-Star - Just In Time to Blame
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»  Just a Tip
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»  Concerns About Members Equity
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