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Issue No. 123 21 December 2001  
 
E D I T O R I A L

The Unmaking of History
The new millennium has got off to an ominous start. The fireworks, circuses and self-congratulation of 2000 were a thing of the past and we were left with the task of redefining ourselves in a new era.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Braveheart
Labor Council secretary John Robertson looks back on a turbulent year and forward to a dynamic 2002.

International: Global Year in Review
Labourstart's Eric Lee gives his take on a year where the world changed forever.

Unions: A Year at the Barricades
2001 was a year when workers were forced to fight for what they once took for granted.

Technology: Unions Online 2001
Social Change Online's Mark McGrath looks at the advances unions made in web development in 2001.

Republic: Terror Australis
ARM national director James Terrie asks where to now for the Republic?

Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Frank Stilwell looks back at a troubled year and looks forward to the challenges for the labour movement.

Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Strewth's Steve Cannane went into the viper's nest on election night and emerged with an ordinary feeling.

Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Wide boys, spivs, spin doctors and hereditary idiots have hijacked a once great Australian institution.

Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Cultural theoritician Mark Morey deconstructs the televisual subplots of our collective consciousness.

Legal: The New McCarthyism
The “war on terrorism” declared in the wake of the American events of September 11 dramatically threatens Australian democratic life.

N E W S

 Unions Take Lead in Refugee Rethink

 Workers Christmas Wish List

 Sparkie Snares Organiser of the Year Title

 Bosswatch Gets International Attention

 Bank Workers Get Serious in 2002

 Qantas's Warfare Agenda Exposed

 Cabin Crew Stand Up for Themselves

 Win for Medibank Workers

 City Council's Tactics Rival Worst in the World

 Dynamic New Start for Musos

 Unions in the Mosh Pit

 Scholarship Opportunity

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Into the Crystal Ball
What will happen in 2002? We asked some of the players in the world of industrial relations to look into the crystal ball.

The Locker Room
The 2002 Workers Online Sports Awards
There may have been no Olympics, but there were some stellar performances in 2001, from madass bad boys to terminated talents, these are the big ones.

Trades Hall
Neale Towart's Labour (Year in) Review
Sporting a Costa crew-cut, a new look Neale looks back on some issues of 2001 that look likely to the centres of debate for unions in 2002.

Tool Shed
Tool of the Year? You're Standing In It
After a year when Australians brought out the worst in themselves, we all stand condemned for a stint in the Tool Shed.

L E T T E R S
 A Fair Go For All
 The First Bastion
 Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
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Cabin Crew Stand Up for Themselves


Cabin crew on international airlines this week launched a campaign to highlight their professional credentials in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The Flight Attendants Association of Australia says the changed environment after the terrorist attacks had forced cabin crew to re-evaluate their work.

The FAAA have produced a campaign around the theme "Cabin Crew. Professionals from the Ground Up". They will be distributing pamphlets to members and passengers and will run an advertisement on a massive billboard outside the Qantas international terminal.

FAAA international division secretary Johanna Brem says cabin crew want to send a message to the public that they were more than service workers.

"In the air we are safety professionals and we are security professionals - when a critical safety issue occurs in the air it is cabin crew who are on the front line," Brem says.

"At 40,000 feet you can't call the police or the fire brigade or an ambulance: the buck stops with us."

The launch coincided with the expiration of the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement for Qantas international cabin crew.

Call for Better ground Security

Meanwhile, Sydney airport screeners and security workers - more than three months after the September 11 tragedy - are still waiting for new upgraded procedures, drills and training to face the post- September 11 security climate.

Last Sunday night there was an emergency at Sydney airport but the airport screeners and security staff did not know how to help passengers because they have not been prepared for this new security environment.

Airport security workers around Australia, starting today, will all this week hand out tens of thousands of 'boarding passes' to passengers at major airports.

The security workers and screeners will be promoting their Securing Our Airports plan, a national 5 point plan which they want to see the Federal Government, airlines and security companies adopt.

The boarding passes will ask passengers to show their support for higher security standards at our airports.

The 5 point plan involves:

· Enforcement of uniform security standards on all Australian flights;

· Upgrading of screening equipment at major and regional airports;

· Developing a national training standard for security officers;

· Requiring reasonable meal and comfort breaks for officers;

· Boosting officers' pay to reflect the true value of their work.

" In the post- September 11 era the USA has ordered the upgrading and standardising of screening and security at 420 airports - from the smallest to some of the biggest in the world.

" Surely we can go through the same process in Australia for what is a little more than 40 airports," the LHMU Airport Security Union's National Secretary, Jeff Lawrence, said.


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