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Issue No. 128 15 March 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: The Wedge Buster
Labor's immigration spokeswoman Julia Gillard talks about her job of developing policy to blunt Howard's wedge.

History: Fighting for Peace
Was the first Palm Sunday parade a celebration or a protest, asks Neale Towart.

Unions: Rattling the Gates
When Pacific Power workers traveled from Newcastle to Macquarie Street this week life-long loyalties were on the line, as Jim Marr reports.

International: Facing Retribution
Serious fears are growing for the safety of Zimbabwean trade unionists after the tainted election defeat of their former leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Technology: How Korean Workers Used The Web
Electrical power industry workers in Korea are relying on the internet, and mobile phones, to successfully organise a militant nation-wide anti-privatisation strike.

Industrial: Working Futures
Can an assortment of economists, lawyers, historians, industrial relations specialists, unionists, journalists, sociologists and psychologists help us develop a decent future for work and social relations in Australia?

Review: Rumble, Young Man, Rumble
To compress the full and exhilarating life of The Greatest to film-length is no easy task but Ali makes a reasonable fist of the job writes Noel Hester.

Satire: GG Survival Doomed: Fox-Lew In Charge Of Rescue Bid
The hopes of embattled Governor-General Dr Peter Hollingworth took a battering last night, after he learnt that the rescue bid for his survival is being headed up by Lindsay Fox and Solomon Lew.

Poetry: PSST
From Sue Robinson to Michael Kirby, some things in politics are constant...only the names have been changed to defame the innocent.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Girl's Maiming Sparks Entry Plea
Unions are demanding immediate right of entry provisions in the wake of a 10-year-old girl being mutilated in a Sydney sweatshop.

Textile Clothing and Footwear Union secretary, Barry Tubner, says the case of Yu Ge will be presented to the Carr Government as unions argue for immediate entry rights as part of the five-year review of the NSW Industrial Relations Act.  [full story]

More Time Off for Babies
Sixty thousand retail workers have won new rights for paid time off to attend pre-natal classes, along with an extra six months unpaid maternity leave under a groundbreaking new enterprise deal.

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees (SDA) has struck the innovative deal with Coles and Bi-Lo Supermarkets.  [full story]

Workers Break Bank Cartel
Resolute industrial action has broken the stranglehold of the major banks on their workforce, with Westpac agreeing to a new wage deal.

The breakthrough follows a tough campaign culminating in strike action before the Westpac AGM last December, and the release of the bank's now legendary 'barbeque cards' which fed workers lines on how to defend the bank at social occasions.  [full story]

State Law Push For Virgin Sites
Coast-to-coast Labor state and territory Governments could drive a big hole through the Howard Government’s anti-worker agenda with calls for all new projects to proceed under state industrial laws.

The NSW Labor Council will approach the eight Labor administrations about insisting that start-up operations employ workers under state labour laws rather than their federal equivalents. [full story]

Outrage at Privatisation by Decree
It's been revealed that NSW Treasurer Michael Egan has the power to ignore ALP policy and privatise the strategic arm of the power industry without taking the matter to State Parliament.

While the ALP caucus will next week consider a motion to over-ride the cabinet decision to privatise Pacific Power International, Egan has the power to approve privatisation by regulation. [full story]

Woomera - Flames, Razors, Rope and Despair
With Palm Sunday looming another Woomera mother is recuperating from self-inflicted burns as detention centre conditions spiral out of contol.

Adelaide-based lawyer Tirana Hassan has told Labor Council delegates a 34-year-old mother of two children set herself on fire this week. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Bus Drivers Block ALP Funds

 Crean Gets on Front Foot

 Nurses, Teachers On The Money

 Asset-Stripping Sparks Walk-Out

 Opposition Grows Over Howard's Freedom Attack

 Heffernan Prompts ‘Right of Reply’ Demands

 Della Dumps Dunny Blues

 Smith Flies Into Turbulence

 Guards Force Drinks Break

 Levy Struck to Support Rockhampton Meatworkers

 ACTU Assists former Ansett Staff

 Activist News

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“People are sick to death of privatisation. De-regulation, in this country, isn’t exactly a success story.” CFMEU Pacific Power International delegate, Richard Brownette.

E D I T O R I A L
Underneath it all we have forgotten the truth that drove the peace movement of the eighties – we are all on this planet together and until we can show compassion to the Other we can not expect security at home.

Flying High

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
The War on Terror - Impunity for Abuses?
Federal Labor MP Duncan Kerr argues that governments are using the fears of the post-Septmeber 11 environment for thier own ends.

The Locker Room
Oh, The Humanity!
So, sports people are human after all. Now there’s a headline.

Week in Review
Tomorrow, The World
Jim Marr picks over the entrails of a week in which world domination, or at least hegemony over that part of it in which the principal operates, is a recurring theme.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Carr and the Fire Fighters
 On Inequality
 Harmony Day

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