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Issue No. 124 15 February 2002  

Chickens Come Home
For anyone who believes in karma, the events of the summer show how bad Australia's is right now.


Unions: Winning the Heartland
John Robertson unveils new research on attitudes to refugees and argues it's time for unions to mount their own propaganda war.

Interview: Swan's Song
Federal ALP front-bencher Wayne Swan expands on his ideas for rebuilding the Party in the wake of the Tampa election.

Corporate: Lessons from Enron
Jim Marr looks at the shock-waves the collapse of a US corporate heavy-weight are having around the globe.

Politics: What We Did Last Summer
We look back over a summer when it all went pear-shaped. Some events, at home and abroad, look set to have ongoing ramifications.

History: Solidarity in Song
Mark Gregory looks back on the annals of labour songs and offers some hints for those planning a tilt at the Labor Council's worker anthem comp.

International: A Tale of Two Cities
New York and Port Alegre are poles apart � but they both played host to important conferences on the future of globalisation over the summer.

Poetry: Nobody Told Me
Labour academic David Peetz commits the Prime Minister's current woes to verse.

Review: Labor and the Rings
Tolkien�s epic tale provides a timely reminder that that there are forces of good and evil in the world � and that they are not necessarily where we expect to find them, writes Michael Gadiel.

Satire: Rafter Named Bermudan Of The Year For Tax Purposes
Australian of the Year Pat Rafter was last night also named Bermudan of the Year, in a simple ceremony held in Bermuda's Parliament.


 Unions' Commit to Battle for Hearts

 Carr on Notice - Expectations Up

 Mad Monk Sides With Angels � Briefly

 Maritime Union Acts on Spy Scandal

 May Day Play-Off for Workers' Anthem

 Burmese Links Shroud Winter Olympics

 New Phone Venture One.Tel In Drag

 Two Million Face Rights Downgrade

 Enron Collapse Hits Share-Owner Agenda

 Corrrigan Snaps Up Rail Bargain

 Kinko Clowns With Workers' Rights

 MPs Face Security Checks

 Telstra's Tragic Delays Of Its Own Making

 Burrow Puts Case to World Economic Forum

 Shangri La Protests Hit Melbourne

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Chinks in the Armour
The ACTU's Michael Crosby argues that Mark Latham's attack on the Labor for Refugees movement is the betrayal of Party values.

The Locker Room
Off-side in Korea?
With the World Cup set to kick off in a matter of months, South Korea's treatment of unions is under the microscope.

Week in Review
Cloak and Dagger
In the first of what will be a regular column, we place the week's labour news into a nutshell.

 In Whose Interests?
 'International Labour's Year in Review' - A Re-View
 Belly's Broad-Side
 Collins Gets Cryptic
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Shangri La Protests Hit Melbourne

Hotel union members, activists and supporters are angry that Hong Kong-based, Shangri-La Hotels, intends opening a plush hotel in Collins St, Melbourne, as part of the $700 million Docklands redevelopment.

Union members in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne plan protests to back Shangri-La Jakarta hotel workers who have been involved in a 14-month dispute, after being locked out on Boxing Day. 2000.

The Jakarta dispute has been very ugly with incidents of violence.

Shangri-La, which now boasts 38 hotels across Asia, is owned by one of world's richest men, Malaysian-born billionaire Robert Kuok, regarded as one of Beijing's favourite capitalists.

The LHMU Hotel Union has organised a protest for midday, next Thursday, February 21, in front of the Shangri-La hotel's Sydney marketing office at 213 Clarence Street Sydney.

Union members will hand a protest letter to the Indonesian Consulate calling on that Government to ensure the hotel chain recognises the local union and re-instates sacked workers.

In November, 2001, the ILO Freedom of Association Committee ruled that the Indonesian Government had not met its international treaty obligations and called for Shangri-La workers to be re-instated.

International pressure caused US Congressional representatives to cancel Shangri-La Jakarta Hotel bookings.

The Melbourne Age last week tipped the Kuok Group to win Docklands Authority go-ahead to build office buildings with Collins St frontage, a Shangri-La Hotel, four residential towers, and refurbishment of the southern part of the Heritage Victoria-listed Goods Shed No.2 as a fresh-food market.

For more information about the Sydney protest rally call Jagath Bandara on 8204 7204 at the LHMU Hotel Union office, mobile 0425 214 618.

For information about rallies in other Australian cities call Jasper Goss or Sarah Gardener from the hotels union international, IUF, on 02 9264 6409.

Visit the Shangri-La Jakarta Solidarity page at LabourStart

To get more background about this on-going dispute in Indonesia clicking here.


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