||Issue No. 123||21 December 2001|
The Unmaking of History
International: Global Year in Review
Unions: A Year at the Barricades
Technology: Unions Online 2001
Republic: Terror Australis
Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Legal: The New McCarthyism
The Locker Room
The First Bastion
Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
Unions Take Lead in Refugee Rethink
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says its one of his great regrets that he did not take a more active stand on the issue during the federal election.
But now he's taking a leading role in Labor for Refugees an initiative driven by rank and file members appalled at the position the ALP took to the federal election.
The group is pushing for a rejection of the 'off-shore; detention program, and end to mandatory detention, and end to Temporary Protection Visas and an inquiry into the treatment of refugees in detention centres.
The cross-factional group wants ALP branches to pass formal resolutions support a policy on asylum seekers and refugees that is "compassionate and humanitarian and:
- advocates an environment in which the policy of the ALP promotes the cause of social justice
- ensures that we meet our international obligations in a manner that allows us to be proud of our commitment to the global community
-reaffirms out commitment to fundamental human rights, and to the dignity and worth of every human being and their inherent right to respect
- recognises the vast inequities in the global community and our obligations to further the correction of these inequalities."
Robertson says it is an issue for unions because unions are part of the community
"I think the whole issue of refugees in the lead up to the election was just appalling," he says.
"I think both parties ought to be ashamed of the way they, and we, all performed during that time - and I think it appropriate for us to take the debate out."
Forum on Workplace Harmony
Meanwhile, Labor Council will be holding a one day forum on Thursday 14th February to address the issues of immigration and workplace harmony.
The forum's aim will be to develop practical strategies to address cultural issues within NSW workplaces.
The Conference will provide unions with an opportunity to make links with relevant community based organisations working in similar areas.
One of the outcomes of the forum will be the establishment of working parties to ensure the implementation of the outcomes of the forum.
For more information contact either Mark Morey or Alison Peters at Labor Council on (02) 9264 1691.
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