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Issue No. 145 19 July 2002  

Two Wings Flapping
The one element missing from the current debate about the relationship between the labour movement and the ALP is any discussion about what's in it for the unions.


Interview: In The Tent
The Australian Services Union's Martin Foley on the dilemma facing trade unions affiliated to the Labor Party.

Bad Boss: The Desk Nazi
Everyone�s mail is on the money this week. Yep, Australia Post, courtesy of the born-to-rule attitude so beloved by the Workplace Relations Minister has been nominated for the Tony Award.

Media: Hold the Presses
The withdrawal of mainstream news outlets from the reporting of industrial relations is playing right into the bosses' hands, writes Andrew Casey

Workplace: Putting Bullies In Their Place
Ever wonder where the schoolyard bullies from your formative years ended up? Chances are they are still making someone�s life hell in an Australian workplace today. Even worse, one of them might be your direct supervisor.

Industrial: Women and Work
The last fortnight may well prove a turning point for working Australian women and their families, argues ACTU President Sharan Burrow

International: Whine and Dine
The political and industrial wings of British labour are at each other's throats, reports Andrew Casey.

History: Black Adder
Old King Cole had good tutors. Roger Milliss captured the style of conservative government witch-hunts in Serpent�s Tooth, his cathartic apology to his father, Bruce.

Review: Bad Movie
While the search for Australia's worst boss is well underway, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company seems to point the finger squarely at the US Government - albeit accidentally.

Poetry: I Remember
Dermott Ryder knocks our Resident Bard off his podium this week with a little ditty about a bloke called Honest John


 Builder Blows Whistle on Kangaroo Court

 Alarm Over Unis in Detention

 Unions Spark New Super Push

 Abbott Trips on Entitlements - Again

 Picnic Day for Union Members Only

 Memo: John Travolta - Come Fly With Us!

 Cole Comfort to Bodgey Builders

 Unions Eye SA Casuals Victory

 Burrow: Paid Mat Leave Just First Step

 Mayne Warning � But Will They Listen?

 Drought Relief Should Extend To Rural Workers

 Coca Cola Action Bubbles Globally


The Soapbox
The Royal Circus
CFMEU organiser Terry Kesby gives a first hand account of his experience before the Cole Royal Commission.

The Locker Room
Bravely Running Away
Phil Doyle is bewildered by the Australian Cricket team�s reluctance to join John Howard�s War On Terror.

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
As the world market lurches under the weight of its own amorality, regulators and business lobbies are locking horns over the need for more rules.

Week in Review
A Share of the Action
Sharemarket jitters produce mea culpas from the magnate set but, as Jim Marr discovers, loyal followers in the Howard administration aren�t likely to join the chorus any time soon.

 Make My Week!
 Real Reform
 Hooray for Frank!
 Reform or Die
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Coca Cola Action Bubbles Globally

LHMU Coca-Cola workers have called on the US-based Coca-Cola multinational to enter discussions to secure a global agreement on minimum trade union rights for all Coca-Cola workers.

Coca-Cola workers in Melbourne this week heard a report from a Colombian Coca-Cola union official, about the murder of workers in Colombia, and the use of the paramilitary to intimidate Coca-Cola workers in that country and in nearby Guatemala.

The Melbourne workforce at Coca-Cola will take solidarity action on Monday to show their commitment to a global Coca-Cola agreement, and to support sister and brother unionists in Colombia and Guatemala.

Colombian unionists will hold a national day of action on Monday demanding union rights

"Our members got upset last week about the silly behaviour of Coca-Cola in taking away our free tea, coffee and milk," the LHMU Victorian Branch Secretary, Brian Daley, said.

"But these allegations of murder, and the use of the paramilitary as an industrial tactic in Colombia makes our problems with the company almost insignificant."

Coca-Cola LHMU members in Melbourne on Monday will wear badges and black armbands to work as a small act of solidarity.

"We'll be asking Coca-Cola management, here in Australia, what action they will take to defend the human rights of Coca-Cola workers in Colombia and Guatemala," Brian Daley said.

Coca-Cola LHMU members heard the report from Carlos Olaya of the Food Industry Union of Columbia about the way the Coca-Cola Company in Colombia deals with its workforce.

Carlos informed LHMU members about :

- the way the armed paramilitary forces pressure union members to renounce their union membership;

- how the company directly or indirectly engaged in intimidation, persecution and allowed falsified testimony into Court proceedings against Coke union leaders and members;

- how the company directly or indirectly helped organise the intimidation of Food Industry Union officials who organise Coke sites;

- the arrangements the local Coca-Cola franchisees use to avoid employment obligations by setting up bogus labour hire companies who Coke then employs labour through.

At the end of the meeting Coca-Cola LHMU members passed a motion condemning the activities of the Coca-Cola bottling company in Colombia, and calling on the Australian Coca-Cola bottler to pressure their Atlanta head office to ensure the human rights of Coca-Cola workers in Colombia and Guatemala.

"Our membership is convinced that workers in Coca-Cola Colombia and Guatemala should be able to organise themselves into a union of their choice freely and without threats, intimidation and violence," Brian Daley said.

"We have called upon the Board of Coca-Cola Amatil here in Australia to provide a report back to its workforce, within a month, about what the Board has done to meet our demands and what changes if any, the Coke Boards' actions have led to at the Coca-Cola plants in Colombia and Guatemala.

"In support of workers at the facilities in Colombia and Guatemala, the meeting of LHMU Coke members resolved to engage in a day of solidarity action on Monday 22 July 2002 when Colombian workers will be in the streets demanding union rights.

"The LHMU Coke members resolved to take all possible action in support of the above demands as an act of continuing solidarity with the workers at Panamco Coke in Colombia and Guatemala."


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