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Issue No. 130 05 April 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Change Agent
ALP national secretary Geoff Walsh on the changing nature of politics, the influence of the corporates and the upcoming review of the party.

Industrial: Balancing the Books
Jim Marr talks to one of the beneficiaries of the historic equal pay decision for librarians and archivists.

Unions: Breaking Out
When a bank executive stepped into the witness box to defend the gagging of a worker from talking to the media, the excuses collapsed into a sea of psycho-babble.

Politics: Pissing on the Light on the Hill
Paul Smith argues that those who don’t like the ALP's Socialist Objective should consider joining another party.

History: Of Death and Taxes
He was a conservative economist who became the darling of the Left. Neale Towart looks back on the myth and realty of James Tobin.

International: Now That's a Strike!
After one of the largest mobilisations of workers in history, Italian trade unionists are planning to do it all again.

Satire: Mugabe Voted Miss Zimbabwe: Denies Election Rigged
The newly re-elected Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has officially been crowned Miss Zimbabwe, describing his triumph as “a victory for black fashionablism”.

Poetry: Flick Go The Branches
Once upon a time, the song “Click Go The Shears” could be heard echoing through the pubs of vibrant country towns.

Review: Red, Red Clydeside
Renowned folk singer Alistair Hulett is currently touring Australia with his new album ‘Red Clydeside’. He speaks to Nick Martin.

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L A T E S T   N E W S

NAB Gambles, Aussies Lose
Up to 5,000 National Australia Bank workers facing the axe could have been paid for the next 24 years with the money the bank lost in a failed US investment.

And, with the bank having refused to complete a new enterprise agreement before the restructure, workers are also unsure whether their entitlements will be fully protected. [full story]

Brogden's Worker Creds On The Line
New Opposition leader John Brogden has an early opportunity to prove his working class credentials by backing a call to protect the compensation entitlements of workers involved in armed hold-ups.

The NSW Labor Council will this week ask the Opposition and minor parties holding the balance of power in the state Upper House to block a regulation to change the way psychological and psychiatric injury is assessed.  [full story]

Cole Cleans Up
The man carrying the ball for Government’s assault on organised labour is being paid a collosal $660,000 a year, it has been revealed.

Figures released in Parliament today confirm Building Industry Inquiry supremo Terrence Cole as the highest paid public official in Australia.  [full story]

Melbourne Faces Budget Day Gridlock
Car park attendants are threatening to bring Melbourne’s CBD to gridlock on the day the Federal Government brings down its May Budget.

The attendants are considering using budget day to highlight the failures of the Living Wage Case - and the way the Federal Government goes about ripping off the lowest paid in this country. [full story]

Equity Drive Gathers Steam
Workers running key local government programmes will be the next group to test pay equity principles, in the wake of last week's historic win by librarians.

Following the PSA’s landmark victory, the Municipal Employees Union (MEU) is preparing a case that should boost the wages of community development managers, running council libraries, youth and child care services and the like. [full story]

Unions Call for Middle East Peace
Unionists sympathetic to both the Palestinian and Israeli causes have backed a call for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the Middle East.

The NSW Labor Council last night passed a resolution calling on the leaders of both sides to enter a dialogue and urged peak union bodies form Israel and Palestine to play a central role in righting the peace process. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Queensland Casuals Step Forward

 Worker Stood Down for Dunny Action

 Zoo Workers in Wage Jungle

 Indigenous Jobs on Union Agenda

 Building Workers Honour Fallen Cop

 Robbo and Latham to Go Three Rounds

 ACT Health Workers Flex Muscles

 Small Victory at Shangri-La

 Casual Rights On Agenda As Full-Time Jobs Collapse

 Workers Health Centre Offers Affordable Care

 Activists Notebook

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"NAB has to work out if it is a bank or a gambler," FSU NSW-ACT secretary Geoff Derrick

E D I T O R I A L
Today, both the major political parties see corporate globalisation as inevitable, yet neither has developed a roadmap for dealing with the complex dynamics that govern the process.

The Boy from Balmain

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
What's Wrong With the Liberals
Liberal figure and ARM chief Greg Barnes argues that the modern Liberal Party has little to do with liberalism.

Sport
When The Axe Comes Down
Phil Doyle braved the crowds at the Royal Easter Show to witness one of the giants of the wood-chopping game.

Week in Review
Battle Cries
What an Easter – Sydneysiders soak up the sun saluting Sunline while, elsewhere, the dogs of war are slipping their chains.

Postcard
Razor's Edge
Vince Caughley writes from Woomera where he participated in the protests over the Easter Long weekend.


LETTERS to the Editor
 Puplick's Sermon
 Chikka's Legacy
 Socialists in the UK
 Organising Globally
 Grape Disappointment
 Union Resignations : Crisis or Opportunity?

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