|Issue No 105||03 August 2001|
Unions Call for Dropping of Greenpeace Charges
An environmental activist who is facing a US prison term for simply doing his job - engaging in a non-violent protest - has secured the support of the NSW trade union movement.
Greenpeace campaigner and Australian Services Union member Nic Clyde is facing six years jail following a protest coinciding with the July 14 testing of the Star Wars National Missile Defence system in California.
Clyde was one of 15 protestors - including one other Australian - and two journalists who were arrested. They face a pre-trial hearing on August 6 and indictment hearing on August 13.
ASU services division secretary Luke Foley says while the issue is political - it's also industrial. "Nic Clyde was arrested for doing his job and as unionists we should be supporting him".
"Pressing severe charges against peaceful protestors is an overreaction on the part of the US authorities".
The NSW Labor Council is backing the ASU, which has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a formal request to the US Administration to drop charges against the Australians.
See our features section for an interview with Nic Clyde
Interview: Whose Advocate?
Employment Advocate Jonathon Hamberger argues the case for his organisation's survival and reveals his secret union past.
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
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.
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.
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’.
History: Hard-Earned Lessons
Art Shostack looks at the legacy of the landmark strike by PATCO air traffic controllers 20 years ago.
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.
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
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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