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ACTU Awards To Reward Union Excellence


Union pride will take centre stage on a new night of celebration to mark the achievements of the unsung champions of working people.

Is there such a thing as the Australian union Organiser of the Year? There is now. And it could be you. If not, you may be the Delegate of 2001. Or perhaps you were involved in the most outstanding Workplace Campaign of the year. These are just some of six new annual union awards to be presented at the inaugural Union Awards Night to be held in Melbourne during ACTU Executive on November 27.

"This night is for the hundreds of brilliant union organisers and workplace activists who are the source of all our successes," said ACTU President Sharan Burrow.

"We are proud of our hard-working organisers and delegates and we want to give them the recognition they deserve. This is an important night because it builds on the success and popularity of the ACTU Congress Awards. I'm looking forward to what will be a great night of entertainment focusing on union pride."

Maybe you know some of our unsung heroes who are overdue for recognition - perhaps for the inaugural Jennie George Award for contribution to women's advancement in unions.

Now is the time to start scanning newspapers, radio and TV for likely candidates for the Media Quote of the Year, sure to be a hotly contested category. As debate heats up in the lead-up to the Federal election there will be no shortage of opportunities for some perfectly crafted put-downs, beautifully executed beat-ups and marvellously apt metaphors.

Nominations close on October 12. You can choose from any or all of the new categories:

Delegate of the year

Organiser of the year

Jennie George award

Best workplace campaign

Best communications strategy

Best media quote by a union leader or union member

Send your nominations - and the reasons behind your choice - to Gina Preston at the ACTU:

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 03/9663.8220

Post: 393 Swanston Street

Melbourne 3000.

For information about ticket sales, contact Sharon Gibbard on 03 9663 5266 or [email protected].


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In this issue
Features
*  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.
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*  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.
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*  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.
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*  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.
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*  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.
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*  International: Postcard From Brazil
The CFMEUs Phil Davey reports on a rural movement that puts our National Farmers Federation to shame.
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*  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.
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*  Solidarity: On the Frontline
Australian trade unionists are providing practical help for the Burmese through projects funded by APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad.
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*  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.
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*  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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News
»  Revealed: ABC Censors Industrial Reporting
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»  WorkCover Revisited Public Sector Laws Rammed Through
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»  Bras First in Burma Boycotts
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»  Tri Star Only the Start of Entitlements Push
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»  New Spying Tactics Hit Work Cars
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»  Howards Secret Anti-Worker Plans
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»  Direct Action to Increase Nurses' Worth
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»  High Court: Courier Was Employee
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»  Victory for Academic Freedom
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»  Put A Stop To Acoustic Shock
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»  Builders' Bucks: Payroll Tax Evasion Rife
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»  Tassie Workers Brew Up a Storm
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»  HIH Collapse Hits Arts Industry
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»  Labour for Hire Not Entitlements
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»  Rail Inquiry Into Treatment of Homeless
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»  ACTU Awards To Reward Union Excellence
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»  Activist Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  The Soapbox
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Letters to the editor
»  Botsman Goes Crosby
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»  Left Right Out
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»  Belly's Shout
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»  Ode to the New Serfs
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