|Issue No 108||24 August 2001|
Paul Howes Week on the Web
Our local geek scours the web to discover some great new union sites - from Melbourne to Bangkok the online numbers grow.
The Victorian Government is currently in the process of introducing laws to create the crime of "Industrial Manslaughter". The Opposition Liberal/National Coalition is set to block the legislation in the Upper House (in which they have the numbers). As a part of the Victorian Trades Hall Council's campaign to stop the Libs blocking the legislation they have set up an online campaign site. Located at http://www.vthc.org.au/anthonycarrick it is named after Anthony Carrick who died on the job at the age of 18 and on his first day of work.
What's a Nurse Worth?
To keep up to date with the campaign by the NSW Nurses Association for fair treatment by the Carr Government check out the NA's site located at http://www.nswnurses.asn.au. To see how the campaign in Victoria by the Australian Nursing Federation (Victoria) for some action about staffing shortages by the Bracks Government check out http://www.anfvic.asn.au.
Union Pride Online
The AFL-CIO (America's ACTU) is hosting an online Labor Day Festival. The site located at http://laborday.aflcio.org is in its "countdown" format until 28 August when it will come alive (in true American style) with a festival celebrating unions and solidarity between working people.
Thai Workers Online
This website, produced in Thailand but aimed at the international community highlights current workers struggles in Thailand. Located at http://www.thailabour.org the site has lots of information on current campaigns in Thailand and allows supporters internationally to help out. Two thumbs up.
Campaigning for Public Assets
Following the re-election of Tony Blair in the UK, his Labour government launched a round of nation-wide privatizations bring the union movement into conflict with a Labour government (sound familiar?). Unison (the UK's Public Sector Union) has been leading the fight against privatization. To find out on how their campaign is going check out their website located at http://www.unison.org.uk.
Interview: The Man from Manusafe
Manusafe chief Andrew Whiley explains why employers have nothing to fear from the entitlements trust fund.
E-Change: 2.4 The Skeptic’s Response
In this round-table discussion, Noel Hester leads the charge against the argument that globalisation and change are inevitable.
Politics: No Hand Idle
Whitlam Institute director Peter Botsman finds much to agree with in John Howard's social coalition for welfare delivery.
Unions: Slavery and Struggle
A battle with all the elements of the infamous waterfront dispute is being played out in Charleston, South Carolina:
International: Postcard from Santiago
The CFMEU's Phil Davey meets up with Communist Party cadres in Chile who led the underground resistance to Pinochet.
History: Race and Australian Labour.
Australian unionists have long been questioning notions of a “White Australia”, even before the colonies united with it as the central feature.
Economics: Global Regulation
Public sector unions from around the globe are taking the first steps to work internationally against the deregulation agenda.
Satire: Niche Identified in Left-Wing Publications Market
A marxist-feminist activist has discovered a gaping hole in the lucrative left-wing publications market.
Review: The Fight for Equal Pay
In this extract from her new book, Zelda D'Aprano looks at the contribution Kath Williams made to the struggle for equality.
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