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  Issue No 118 Official Organ of LaborNet 02 November 2001  




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Activists Notebook

All the latest details on actions, workshops and conferences for anyone interested in labour politics.


No Australian troops or Australian support

No US war

No racist scapegoating - Welcome Refugees

No attacks on democratic rights

Next RALLY: SUNDAY 12 noon 4th November

Hyde Park North Archibald Fountain


everyone is welcome

Open organising meeting

Next Wednesday, 7 pm,

Level 3 or 4

UTS Tower Building Broadway

Network Opposing

War And Racism


0408 619 152

Burma Fundraiser

A benefit night to help Burmese refugees will be held at the Harbourside Brasserie on Thursday 15 November.

Musicians who have donated their time and talent include: Jon Stevens; Jackie Orszaczky and Tina Harrod; Mike Nock; Reg Mombasa and Peter O' Doherty; Jonathan Zwartz and Hamish Stuart and Dr Winston O'Boogie Strings. Entry is $10 and a number of award-winning Australian and international photographers have also donated pictures that will be raffled on the night.

Globalisation from Below

Alternatives to Corporate Globalisation

Seminar: Sunday November 11 - 11.30-3.30pm

Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers Street, Surrey Hills

Speakers from the International Metalworkers Federation World

Congress: Silumko Nondawnga--General Secretary, National Union of

Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA);

President Mun--Korean Metal Workers Federation (KMWF);

Buzz Hargrove--President, Canadian Auto Workers (CAW);

Local speakers from AFTINET, Aidwatch, AMWU, Jubilee, NSW Nature

Conservation Council, NUS & UnitingCare (NSW.ACT)

Band Night

Sunday November 11

Doors Open 7pm

Metro Theatre, George Street, Sydney

Featuring: The Tenants, Matt Ellis Band, Raw Sugar and Frank Bennett.

Hosted by Tugs Dumley

Tickets: $10 (plus bf) on sale at the Metro

Part of the IMF World Conference


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*   Issue 118 contents

In this issue
*  Interview: Flying High
ACTU Secretary Greg Combet on saving Ansett jobs, defeating Howard and wooing a new generation of unionists.
*  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.
*  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.
*  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.
*  Economics: Manufacturing Prosperity
Neale Towart looks at the hidden debate of the election campaign - the degree of intervention government should take through Industry Policy.
*  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.
*  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.
*  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.
*  Satire: Locksmith Promises "Greater Security" If Elected
A Melbourne locksmith has agreed to run for federal parliament, campaigning on the key issue of security.

»  Workplace Blitz in Poll Lead-Up
»  Abbott Under Pressure to Hold Seat
»  Howard Double Dip Is Skyway Robbery
»  Knowledge Nation Boosts IT Skills
»  Stellar Win in Call Centre
»  Unionists Barred Entry to Australia
»  Shier's Famous Last Wordds
»  Real Baby Bonus for Local Government
»  Entire Town Joins Nurses' Strike
»  Some Good News in Orange Squeeze
»  Train Drivers Call for Level Crossing Action
»  Posties See Wage Rise By Christmas
»  Howard Fails To Stem Workplace Deaths
»  Greenpeace Activist Gets Union Support
»  Hotel Workers Name Their Odds
»  Airport Screeners Strike Over Work Value
»  East Timor Training Centre Copmpleted
»  NSW IR Act Due for Five Year Review
»  Organiser of the Year Nominations Open
»  Activists Notebook
»  STOP PRESS: Jakarta Shangri-La Hotel Workers Fined US$2 million

»  The Soapbox
»  The Locker Room
»  Trades Hall
»  Tool Shed

Letters to the editor
»  More on Orwell
»  The Ostrich Approach

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