Workers Online
Workers Online
Workers Online
  Issue No 122 Official Organ of LaborNet 07 December 2001  




.  LaborNET

.  Ask Neale

.  Tool of the Week


Activists Notebook

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

Burma Fundraiser

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:


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.



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


LHMU Auditorium

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

Email AAWL


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

Email AIM

Tian would like to hear from you and to know that you are supporting him.

Send your letters and postcards to:

Tian Chua

Kamunting Detention Centre

Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

For more information visit the 'Abolish the ISA Movement' website at


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

Lis Thomas

[email protected]

ph: (02) 9351 2399.

This conference has been organized by

Paul Patton, Duncan Ivison, Desmond Manderson

Philosophy Research Cluster

The University of Sydney


*   View entire issue - print all of the articles!

*   Issue 122 contents

In this issue
*  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.

»  Unions Raise Labor Stakes
»  Standards Breakthrough in Call Centres
»  Hotel Cleaners Told: Bring Your Own Mops
»  Corporate Giant Sponsored IT to India Report
»  New Front in Battle for Compo Rights
»  Progress in Email Privacy Push
»  Christmas Progress on Sweatshops, Truckies
»  BHP Steel Workers Fight for Security
»  Union Concerned At New ASIO Powers
»  Workers Call for Patrons Before Pokies
»  Overtime Deal Helps Rural Hospitals
»  Writers in New Chapter for Unionism
»  CFMEU Backs Standards Inquiry
»  Mining Company Moves To Ban Fiji Film
»  Unions Choir Sings Up Storm
»  2002: Where to Now?
»  Activists Notebook

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

Letters to the editor
»  Apology to Tim Harcourt
»  Tom is Gobsmacked
»  Who was Gordon Freeth?
»  More Compo Feedback
»  Trains of Treasure
»  The Great Tuckpointer Debate Revived

What you can do

Notice Board
- Check out the latest events

Latest Issue

View entire latest issue
- print all of the articles!

Previous Issues

Subject index

Search all issues

Enter keyword(s):

Workers Online - 2nd place Labourstart website of the year


Wobbly Radio

[ Home ][ Notice Board ][ Search ][ Previous Issues ][ Latest Issue ]

© 1999-2000 Labor Council of NSW

LaborNET is a resource for the labour movement provided by the Labor Council of NSW

Last Modified: 15 Nov 2005

[ Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Credits ]

LaborNET is proudly created, designed and programmed by Social Change Online for the Labor Council of NSW


 Labor Council of NSW

[Workers Online]

[Social Change Online]