|Issue No 106||10 August 2001|
Paul Howes' Week on the Web
Our King of Geekdom celebrates his new high speed connection by downloading heaps of top new sites.
Following the launch of the Victorian Trades Hall Council LaborNET site http://www.vthc.org.au, two Victorian Unions have also launched LaborNET sites. The ASU-MEU/Private Sector Victorian Branch http://www.asuvic.org and the ASU Victorian Services & Energy Branch http://www.asuvic.asn.au are the latest members of the LaborNET family and more significantly the first unions outside NSW to join LaborNET.
Across the Tasman
One of the unions leading the fight to re-unionise New Zealand is FinSec, the equivalent of our Finance Sector Union. FinSec's website, located at http://www.finsec.org.nz, is obviously being used by the union as a part of their organising strategy. A part from the usual news and views the site is specifically targeted at Call Centre Workers and I.T. Workers. It's a well designed and attractive site (I particularly like the flash intro) and well worth checking out.
Unions & Burma
The Federation of Trade Unions-Burma has a website located at http://www.tradeunions-burma.org. The peak body is currently in exile, however several of its' executive members are currently imprisoned in Burma. Also the majority of its' affiliates operate underground inside Burma. Check out the site to find more info.
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has set up a Burma Campaign section on their website. Located at http://www.icftu.org/focus.asp?Issue=Burma&Language=EN the campaign area features information on the history behind Burma, campaign information and the latest news.
The Public Record
In the lead up to the federal election unions will be thinking about their election strategies and a site like the ABC's Public Record will be a valuable tool. Located at http://www.abc.net.au/public the site feature news about upcoming political events, info on all elections, transcripts of interviews with political leaders, analysis and much more. This is a fantastic site and demonstrates what a valuable public resource the ABC is.
Northern Territory Election
In little over a week the Northern Territory will be going to the polls. To find out about Territory Labor's campaign check out http://www.nt.alp.org.au.
If you have any sites you want Paul to review email him mailto:[email protected]
Interview: In Exile
Burmese's government in exile's Minister for Justice U Thein Oo talks about a struggle for democracy that has become a test of international solidarity.
Politics: A National Disgrace
Labor's IR spokesman Arch Bevis gives his take on the workers entitlements issue and its mismanagement by the Howard Government.
E-Change: 2.2 The Information Organisation
Peter Lewis and Michael Gadiel look at how network technologies will change the way organizations operate in the Information Age.
Media: The Fine Print
Mark Hebblewhite looks at how the major dailies handled the Tri-Star dispute and finds that the story really does depend on the telling.
Human Rights: A People Besieged
Labor MLC Janelle Saffin, an active supporter of the pro-Democracy movement in Burma, sets out the issues behind the ILO sanctions.
International: Postcard From Brazil
The CFMEU’s Phil Davey reports on a rural movement that puts our National Farmers Federation to shame.
History: Indonesia Calling
They needed no resolutions. Soldiers and workers who did not know one another moved together, the black ban started to reach out across the harbour from the noisy, smoke-filled room.
Solidarity: On the Frontline
Australian trade unionists are providing practical help for the Burmese through projects funded by APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad.
Satire: Skase 'Too Ill' to Fly Home for Burial
Spanish authorities have deemed Christopher Skase too ill to return to Australia for his own funeral.
Review: Living Silence
In these extracts from her new book, Christina Fink goes inside Burma to find a world where military repression is slowly crushing a people.
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