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Issue No. 154 27 September 2002  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: Still Flying
Flight Attendant’s Association international secretary Johanna Brem looks at life in the air since last September’s terrorist attacks.

International: President Gas
NSW Firefighter’s president Darryl Snow sent this missive to his members on the anniversary of a day when 343 of their colleagues died in the line of duty.

Politics: Australia: A Rogue State?
ARM director Greg Barnes argues that September 11 has summoned a new era of isolationism and international lawlessness.

Unions: Welfare Max
Maximus Inc is big, American and controversial. Right now its knocking on the door of Australian welfare delivery and there is every chance the Howard Government will usher it inside, reports Jim Marr.

Bad Boss: Welcome to Telstra!
A Telstra call centre has joined the race for Bad Boss after sacking a pregant woman who had the audacity to need to use the toilet.

Health: Fat Albert: The Grim Reaper
Workers Online's cultural dietician Mark Morey chews the fat over this week's conference on child obesity

Satire: Iraq Pre-empts Pre-emptive Strike
Saddam Hussein has launched a pre-emptive strike on the United States to prevent it from pre-emptively striking Iraq first.

Poetry: A Man From the East And A Man From The West
Resident Bard David Peetz has penned this ode to the sacked Hilton hotel workers

Review: The Sum Of All Fears
Tara de Boehmler checks in to see that America’s cultural cringe is alive, well and sponsored by Marlboro cigarettes

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Unions Join Anti-War Chorus
The NSW trade union movement has added its voice to the growing wave of opposition against a pre-emptive United States attack on Iraq.

Speaking for 900,000 working people and their families, the NSW Labor Council unanimously passed a resolution rejecting any military action without the endorsement of the United Nations. [full story]

ACM Fails Port Hedland Report
Port Hedland detention staff have given a bad report card to Australasian Correctional Management’s performance on 11 key operational issues ranging from workplace safety to ACM’s procedures to stop detainees’ acts of self-harm.

The four-page report based on interviews of 42 detention centre officers and supervisors comes as tensions at Port Hedland boiled over into a four-day strike. [full story]

Abbott Adds Fuel to Bias Case
Workplace relations minister Tony Abbott has added weight to the CFMEU’s bias case against the Royal Commissioner Terence Cole in announcing a new $6.5 million anti-union task force.

With the court challenge to the Royal Commission hanging on whether Commissioner Cole had made findings without hearing from the union, Abbott has admitted he has set up his Building Industry Task Force on the basis of the Cole’s interim report. [full story]

Murray’s Millions Dwarfs Workers Wages
Commonweath Bank boss David Murray has received the most generous Long Service Leave payment in Australian history – a $4.65 million bonus to celebrate ten years at the helm.

Details of the bonus – part of a $7 million salary package for the year - have enraged workers who have seen 87- branches closed and 17,000 jobs eradicated over that period of time. [full story]

Rogue MP Faces Grassroots Backlash
The head of Country Labor has called on the trade union movement to mobilise their members to drive dissident MP Joel Fitzgibbon out of the Labor Party.

Mick Madden, the president of the Australian Workers Union, says he will approach all his members in Fitzgibbon’s Hunter electorate and encourage them to join the ALP. [full story]

Harry Bridges Speaks from the Grave
The ghost of the Australian seafarer who rose to establish one of the United States’ strongest trade unions returned to Trades Hall this week to warn of a new attack on the waterfront by President George W Bush.

LA-based actor Ian Ruskin briefed delegates in the guise of Harry Bridges, the founder of the International Longshoremen Workers Union, whose members are currently involved in a protracted strike on the West Coast.  [full story]

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 Activists Notebook

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“They attacked workers in the name of fighting Communism, now they are using the War on Terror for the same purpose,” Harry Bridges (aka Ian Ruskin)

E D I T O R I A L
The collective decision-making processes of the global community are being subverted to the will of its most powerful individual member.

The Prime Miniature

C O L U M N S

Legends
Gough's Plaza
Labor's living legend challenged NSW Labor to lift its game as he attended a renaming of 2KY House to Gough Whitlam Plaza.

The Locker Room
Support The System That Supports You
This system is a certainty, a moral, a good thing and a knocktaker; well, at least according to Phil Doyle

Bosswatch
RIP Chainsaw Al
One of the heroes of corporate downsizing has been cut down but his memory lives on with golden handshakes for leaders of failed businesses still thick on the ground.

Awards
The Importance of Being Ernie
It was the tenth annual “Ernie” Awards for sexist behaviour and Labor Council’s Alison Peters was amongst the noisy punters

Week in review
Lest We Forget
You can’t help a sneaking suspicion, Jim Marr writes, that George Bush is conscripting the dead of September 11, 2001, to lead his push for another war in the Gulf…

Activists
Workers Out!
Gay and Lesbian trade unionists are organising an international conference to develop a global response to homophobia in the workplace, writes Ryan Heath


LETTERS to the Editor
 The Shame (Sham) of the Democratic Party
 Weapons of Destruction
 Tears From Tom
 Good Hearts

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