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Issue No. 133 26 April 2002  

Interview: If The Commission Pleases
President Lance Wright marks the NSW Industrial Relations Commission's centenary with an exclusive interview with Workers Online.

History: Protest and Celebrate
Neale Towart scours the globe to discover the spirit of May Day online � the celebration of the eight-hour day.

Unions: A Novel Approach
A union office has been transformed into a library thanks to efforts to provide books for children in detention centres, reports Jim Marr.

Industrial: Hare Tony, Hare Tony
Close your eyes and the Mad Monk sounds like a Hare Krishna, but increasingly the world is tuning out from his mantra about IR reform, writes Noel Hester.

International: Never Forget Jenin
Trade unionist Sari Kassis argues the word 'Jenin' now defines Palestinian demands for justice.

Politics: Left Right Out In France
The results of the first round vote for the French presidency have led to mass protests and calls for national unity, Paul Howes reports.

Health: Delivering A Public Health Revolution
Zoe Reynolds travelled to Cuba to discover how Australians are backing a ground-breaking child health project.

Review: The Secret Life of U(nion)s
Tara de Boehmler stumbles upon a juicy trade union sub-plot in the popular GenX TV drama.

Poetry: May Day, May Day
Rapper Swarmy G is one of the finalists in our workers anthem comp with this ode to May Day.

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Shonky Bosses Get Contract Brush
A 15-month Labor Council campaign has fenced off another chunk of the NSW economy from employers seeking to drive down wages and conditions.

Council secretary John Robertson and Public Works Minister Morris Iemma this week signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding that will make it tougher for shonky bosses to participate in the lucrative race to supply goods and services to state government [full story]

Kirby Bouquet for Equal Pay
High Court judge Michael Kirby cites NSW treatment of equal pay as a ground-breaking application of human rights principles into industrial law.

Delivering the annual Kingsley Laffer lecture at the University of Sydney, Justice Kirby said the NSW Industrial Relation Commission's reasoning in establishing the Equal Remuneration Principle was "founded squarely on a human rights approach". [full story]

Deep Pocket Syndrome Stalks IRC
Fears that IRC proceedings will fall victim to the �deep pocket test� are behind demands for a cost-capping regime.

Labor Council is preparing a supplementary submission on the subject to the NSW Industrial Relations system five-year review. [full story]

Court Decision Threatens Thousands Of Jobs
The Maritime Union of Australia is seeking international support in a bid to save thousands of jobs jeopardised by today�s Federal Court green-light for foreign crews.

MUA national secretary Paddy Crumlin is addressing the International Transport Workers Federation executive in London where he will seek backing for the MUA position on flags of convenience.

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Safety Summit to Set Accident Targets
The NSW Government has announced a historic Workplace Safety Summit, designed to drive a 40 percent reduction in the rate of workplace accidents, injuries and deaths over the next decade.

The initiative has been developed with NSW Labor Council, and comes ahead of Sunday�s International Day of Mourning for people killed or seriously injured at work. [full story]

Detention Centre Vets Song Lyrics
Villawood management put a trade union choir through security hoops, including vetting song lyrics, before letting it entertain asylum seekers.

A member of Sydney�s Trade Union and Solidarity choirs, who performed in last week�s Villawood concert, told Workers Online how far Government paranoia over asylum seekers had gone. [full story]


 Fat Sheep Dip Into Workers Pockets

 Government Con Drives SA Vehicle Blue

 Dead Worker�s Family Calls for Safety Crime Laws

 Netball Mum Bounces Back

 Aussie Agency Backs War Crimes Call

 Thumbs-up For Union Immigration Role

 May Day Rundown

 DOCS Worker Assaulted In Courthouse

 Queensland Unions Move on Youth Exploitation

 Activist Notebook

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On Wednesday May 1st we will accelerate our resistance, openly and defiantly, in ways small and large, quiet and loud, visible and invisible, our goal is a new world.

The message of May Day is that the workers united will be in the best position to demand fair rules at work.

The Man Without a Heart


The Soapbox
A Humane Under-Belly
Presenting the annual Kingsley Laffer Lecture, Justice Michael Kirby argues that international human rights underpin Australian industrial law.

The Locker Room
The Hidden Culture of Indigenous Football
Brian McCoy argues that indigenous footballers do not just bring thier skills to the game, they bring their culture as well.

Of Shares and Options
It was a week when Rio Tinto faced its shareholders, Ford faced a backlash and a bid to cap US executive salaries failed.

Week in Review
The ANZAC Spirit?
Jim Marr wonders what the ANZACs would have said about our current treatment of the homeless and needy.

LETTERS to the Editor
 French Connection
 Gold Star Student
 Time for a General Strike?

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