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Issue No. 155 04 October 2002  

Wrong Way, Go Back
The weekend machinations over the structure of the ALP are in danger of missing the fundamental point: Labor�s current malaise is caused not be an excess of core values but through a deficit.


Interview: The Wet One
NSW Opposition industrial relations spokesman Michael Gallacher stakes out his relationship with the union movement.

Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Virgin Mobile is sexy and funky, right? Well, only if those terms have become synonyms for dictatorial or downright mean.

Unions: Demolition Derby
Tony Abbott likens industrial relations to warfare and, like a good general should, he is about to shift his point of attack � from building sites to car plants, reports Jim Marr.

Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
For the powerful, consumerism equals freedom, and is all the freedom we need, writes James Goodman

Politics: American Jihad
Let�s get real. The origins of modern Islamic terrorist groups are in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Langley, Virginia not Baghdad, argues Noel Hester.

Health: Secret Country
Oral history recordings are an inadequate tool in trying to find out what happened to Aboriginal stockmen and their communities on cattle stations in Northern Australia, writes Neale Towart

Review: Walking On Water
On the 20th anniversary of the first AIDS-related death, Tara de Boehmler witnesses the aftermath of losing a loved one to the illness in Walking On Water.

Culture: TCF
Novelist Anthony Macris captures life on the shop floor in this extract from his upcoming novel, Capital Volume II

Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
The University of Queensland has sought to join the ranks of union-busting companies like Rio Tinto in trying to sack the president of the local union - and made the mistake of thinking they were dealing with an array of acquiescent academics.


 Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown

 Fight Begins For Long Weekends

 Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak

 Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers

 Libs Pledge Moderate IR line

 Workers Kick Grand Final Goal

 NSW Screws Down Lid on Funeral Scams

 Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters

 Detention Centre Workers Demand Safety Search

 Religious Teachers Win Legal Coverage

 Pressure Builds on Parking Sting

 US Docks Lockout Hits Sea Trade

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
I Walk The Line
American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has weighed into the Hilton Hotel dispute with this special message to the workforce.

Mekong Daze
Union Aid Abroad's Phil Hazelton fires off a missive from Laos where he is spending a year working with the community.

Month In Review
Bush Whackers
It was a month where the world teetered on the brink of peace, no thanks to the leader of the free world, writes Jim Marr

The Locker Room
The Laws Of Gravity
Phil Doyle goes looking for the fine line that separates sport from an exercise in time-wasting

Snouts in the Trough
It�s AGM season in the corporate world, and deal after shady deal is being exposed as highfliers treat company accounts like the proverbial honey-pot.

Songs of Solidarity
There has been a proud history of pro-worker tunes dating back to the early days of the 20th century, which will be continued in a new CD, writes Dan Buhagiar.

 Jacks and Jills
 Shame on Murray
 Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
 Speaking in Tongues
 Casual Days
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Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters

Sydney Hilton plans to smuggle strike-breakers into their hotel today seemed to be unravelling as managers opted to try and bribe workers to undermine their own strike.

"They wanted to bring in one group of low-waged immigrant women workers to undermine another group of low-waged immigrant women workers," Mark Boyd, NSW LHMU Hotel Union assistant secretary said.

"They got the help of an outside agency to find migrant women to come in and subvert the hotel workers' strike which starts early tomorrow morning."

The plan had been to lock strike-breakers in spare bedrooms so they couldn't speak to current workers.

But late yesterday the plan seemed to be fraying as hotel executives moved to bribe workers with big dollar offers not to strike.

Notices have been circulated telling workers that if they don't strike they'll get paid $25 an hour, Boyd said.

Normally these workers get $12 an hour, and for working on Saturdays $16.15.

"Our members are laughing," Boyd said.

"Our people will be in the streets on Saturday and looking forward to meeting community people who will join them at the hotel workers rally at 11am in George St, opposite the Queen Vic building."

Union members are riding a wave of community support. The US civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has sent a long message of support from Brazil - where is currently campaigning for 'Lula', a metal union leader turned politician leading the Workers Party as its candidate for President of that country.

One of the key speakers at the rally will be Jack Mundey, a heroic former leader of the NSW BLF.

"The Hilton Hotel owes the trade union movement - big time," Jack Mundey said today.

"They should treat their current workers better, because without the trade union movement they would not have the 'treasure' that they now value so much - the Marble Bar.

" When the hotel was built the original developers wanted to knock down the Marble Bar - a heritage site. It only survived because my union, the BLF, put a ban on knocking it down.

"When we put the ban on we had a lot of knockers. Now the architects behind the refurbishment are saying the Marble Bar is the 'jewel' in the redevelopment."


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