|Issue No 122||07 December 2001|
All the latest details on actions, workshops and conferences for anyone interested in labour politics.
There is a a Burma fundraiser this Saturday 8th to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize. Funds raised will
support the campaign for political prisoners.
It's at Villawood Senior Citizens hall [near railway station], 6.30pm, $15.
Tickets at the door.
International Human Rights Day is on this Monday and refugee activists have a rally and peace festival on Sunday and a "Labor, the unions and refugees" forum on Tuesday night:
SUNDAY 9 DECEMBER : STOP THE WAR ON REFUGEES
Assemble at Hyde Park south near the war memorial at 11.30 for speakers, then march up to Hyde Park north at the fountain to join the STOP THE WAR rally at midday.
March down to Belmore Park (Eddy Avenue) for a Peace Festival from 2-6pm. Music including the Gadflys.
TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER : THE REFUGEE ACTION COALITION PRESENTS AN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY FORUM:
LABOR, THE UNIONS AND REFUGEES - THE CHALLENGE AHEAD
There is now a real debate happening in the ALP and the unions around the
country about refugees and we hope as many people as possible will come
along and participate
187 Thomas Street, Haymarket
Tanya Plibersek, ALP member for Sydney
Amanda Perkins, NSW secretary AMWU printing division
Ghazi Noshie, Organiser AMWU
Amanda Tattersall, Rank and File Labor for Refugee Rights
Speaker from the CFMEU, NSW construction division
For more information contact Ian on 0417 275 713
Malaysia: Free Tian Chua
Labour activist Tian Chua has been jailed under Malaysia's Internal Security Act (ISA). Tian has a long history of organising workers of all races in Malaysia, was the organiser of the Labour Resource Centre in Malaysia and a main activist in the democracy movement.
Tian was jailed on 10 April 2001. He is in jail because he fights for the rights of all workers. Tian has been listed as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
Abolish the ISA
The Malaysian Internal Security Act allows the repressive Mahathir Government to jail people for up to two years without any charges being laid and without any form of trial. After two years the government has to present a charge. The Malaysian government uses the ISA to threaten all opposition and to scare workers fighting for their rights.
Support the campaign to free Tian
Letters of support from unions, organisations and labour centres should be sent to:
Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL)
PO Box 264 Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia
Tel: 61 3 9663 7277 Fax: 61 3 9662 4557
Abolish ISA Movement (AIM)
383, 1st Floor, Jalan 5/59, Ptaling Gardens, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Telephone: 60 3 7784 3525 Fax: 603 7784 3526
Tian would like to hear from you and to know that you are supporting him.
Send your letters and postcards to:
Kamunting Detention Centre
Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
For more information visit the 'Abolish the ISA Movement' website at http://www.suaram.org/isa/index.htm.
Treaties, Self-Determination and Australian Indigenous Peoples
December 17th 2001,
Education Lecture Theatre 351,
University of Sydney
Session 1: Treaty
Dr Mick Dodson
Stephen Gageler SC
Professor George Williams
Assoc. Professor Paul Patton
Session 2: Rights
Prof. Larissa Behrendt
Dr Peter Sutton
Dr Gaynor Macdonald
Dr Hannah McGlade
Dr Tim Rowse
A post-graduate workshop on the major issues of the Conference will take place on Tuesday 18th 9.30-12.30 in Education Boardroom 551 (Education Bld Manning Road). Free. Limited numbers -please register.
For further information and to register for the conference or workshop, please contact
ph: (02) 9351 2399.
This conference has been organized by
Paul Patton, Duncan Ivison, Desmond Manderson
Philosophy Research Cluster
The University of Sydney
Interview: Reality Bytes
Labor's IT spokeswoman Kate Lundy on how a third Howard Government will hurt the IT industry.
Unions: My Way or the Highway
Since 1997, workers employed by Serco/Great Southern Railways, have been locked in a struggle with their employer to have their choice of industrial instrument recognised.
Legal: Three Degrees of Contract
Marian Baird argues there is a need to more fully understand what workers, employers and our society expect from the employment relationship.
International: Bogota Terror
The assassination of a Colombian unionist has prompted international outrage.
History: Freedom or 'Federation'?
Mark Hearn and Greg Patmore argue that the journey to federation was not a one-way street.
Health: Wearing the Right Genes to Work?
Matt Brooks tracks the DNA trail to discover genetic testing in the workplace is already here.
Satire: Demidenko Releases New Book About Her Life As Afghan Refugee
Controversial author Helen Demidenko has written a brand new novel based on her gripping true life experiences as an Afghan refugee.
Review: Can Blinky Bill Save Unions?
Neale Towart browses the kiddies' shelves to find an Australian icon with a union-friendly message.
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