||Issue No. 124||15 February 2002|
Chickens Come Home
Unions: Winning the Heartland
Interview: Swan's Song
Corporate: Lessons from Enron
Politics: What We Did Last Summer
History: Solidarity in Song
International: A Tale of Two Cities
Poetry: Nobody Told Me
Review: Labor and the Rings
Satire: Rafter Named Bermudan Of The Year For Tax Purposes
The Locker Room
Week in Review
'International Labour's Year in Review' - A Re-View
Collins Gets Cryptic
May Day Play-Off for Workers' Anthem
The NSW Labor Council's Australian music website Wobbly Radio is offering $5,000 to the performer who can produce a 'Solidarity Forever' for the 21st Century.
The prize is open to all genres from folk to rock to hip hop - only criteria is the song has to have something to do with workers, unions and/or collectivity
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the contest is all part of the Labor Council's commitment to Australian music - and it's desire to improve the quality of the rally war-cry.
"Even our biggest fans have grown tired of the old chants like 'the workers untied., will never be defeated'", Robertson says.
"What we need is a new sound to capture the hearts of a new generation of workers."
The May Day Committee has backed the contest and will host the finals play-off at their annual May Day Toast, to be held on Wednesday May 1 at the Metro.
For more details go to Wobbly radio - http://www.wobblyradio.com.au
Unions Rock at Big Day Out
Once again the Union movement made it presence know at the annual music festival the Big Day Out. This year was the 10th Big Day Out and the biggest year yet for the Unions NSW stall.
The stall, which was staffed by officials from the Labor Council, CFMEU, LHMU, Musicians Union, CPSU and the TWU, recruited over 115 young people to unions. This was a marked improvement on last year at which over 60 people signed up.
Apart from informing people about the rights at work and the benefits of being active in their workplaces people were also invited to write a message to John Howard and their Boss on a Giant Postcard. The Postcard, which measured 10x3 meters, was filled up by mid-afternoon. The majority of the messages on the postcard condemned Howard's inhumane treatment of Refugees and also about the injustice of junior rates of pay.
Wobbly Radio also made a splash at the festival launching its Worker Song Competition and handing out several thousand "Wobbly Radio" temporary tattoos.
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