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Greenpeace Activist Gets Union Support

By Greg Turner

A fundraiser was held this week to support unionist and Greenpeace (Australia-Pacific) anti-nuclear campaigner Nic Clyde, who faces six years gaol in the United States for doing his job.

Nic was arrested and gaoled in California in July with other Greenpeace campaigners during a peaceful protest against the United States' 'Star Wars' missile system.

He is a member of the Australian Services Union and is currently in Australia on bail before he plans to return to the U.S. to defend himself in court.

He has acknowledged the support of the ASU and the NSW Trades and Labor Council which passed a resolution calling for the dropping of all charges and his immediate release.

"There was a time when this whole thing was getting really heavy and I felt like my whole world was coming down around me," Nic says.

"Then I got a call from the ASU to tell me about the Labor Council resolution and that one call really, really, boosted my morale at a time I needed it most."

Along with ASU members from Greenpeace and other community organisations, the fundraiser was attended by representatives from Trade Unions including the CFMEU, The President of NSW Legislative Council, the Hon Meredith Burgmann MLC ( Labor) and NSW Greens leader, the Hon Lee Rhiannon MLC.

Well known environmental campaigner Bruce Childs also attended the Sydney fundraiser and congratulated unions for supporting Nic's cause.

"Nic is taking a moral and ethical stand and he's taking it right to the very heart of the system." He has also received support from Catholic and Anglican bishops.


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Features
*  Interview: Flying High
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet on saving Ansett jobs, defeating Howard and wooing a new generation of unionists.
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*  Corporate: Howard's List of Shame
ACTU President Shaharn Burrow runs through the litany of corporate collapses and down-sizes that have cut a swathe through the Australian community.
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*  Campaign Diary: Week Four: The Battle Lines Drawn
It was a week that saw the leaders launch their campaigns, kiss lots of babies and battle for space with a Holy Jihad.
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*  Industrial: Desperately Seeking Solutions
They might not call it 'industrial relations' in the spin of modern politics, but all the major parties have released plans that will affect the way we work over the next three years.
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*  Economics: Manufacturing Prosperity
Neale Towart looks at the hidden debate of the election campaign - the degree of intervention government should take through Industry Policy.
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*  History: War And Politics
The Conservatives are trying to wage war and win the election. The pundits say itís a tried and true recipe for electoral success. The 1940 federal poll suggests otherwise.
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*  International: Globalising Labour
On the eve of the International Metalworkers Federation Congress general secretary Marcello Malentacchi argues all nations need to retain a manufacturing base.
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*  Review: Security - Who Needs it?
What does it mean to be secure? Should we even need to ask? In his new book, Anthony Burke asks the tough questions.
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*  Satire: Locksmith Promises "Greater Security" If Elected
A Melbourne locksmith has agreed to run for federal parliament, campaigning on the key issue of security.
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