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Issue No. 161 15 November 2002  

Interview: Life After Keating
Labor's foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd looks at the world and wonders what might have been ...

Industrial: That Friday Feeling
Anthony Stavropoulos has been working six days a week for the last eight years and now he wants his weekends back. “Remember that Friday feeling?” he asks. “You just don’t get that anymore.”

Bad Boss: Begging to Work
They may put themselves about as the Saints of the Fourth Estate, but bosses at the Big Issue Magazine have been nominated by their own vendors for this month’s Tony award.

Organising: Project Pilbara
Sydney University’s Bradon Ellem reports on how unions are bouncing back in Rio territory

Unions: Off the Rails
The Federal Government is attempting to turn NSW Railways into a political football with a proposal that threatens the safety of freight and passenger trains in NSW and life in our rail Towns, writes Phil Doyle.

International: Brazil Turns Left
Union stalwarts throughout the American hemisphere are cheering the election of Lula – the peanut seller and shoeshine boy, turned union leader - who has been elected as the first working-class President of Brazil.

Environment: Brown Wash
Stuart Rosewarn argues the Johannesburg Sunmmit was a gripping showcase of Australia’s lack of a strategic vision.

History Special: Learning from the Past
Ray Markey looks at union membership growth in the 1880s & 1900s to argue that today’s unions must engage to grow.

Corporate: Will the Bullying Backfire?
Job insecurity, unemployment, a growing gap between rich and poor, massive global poverty and environmental danger are the big issues for the protests at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Sydney.

Technology: Danger Lurks For The Passive
If unions fail to exploit opportunities on the web to gain members, other organisations are likely to fill the void and provide services to workers on the internet.

History: In Labour’s Image
Neale Towart looks at a long-overdue initiative to around NSW through the eyes of the workers.

Politics: Without Power Or Glory
South Coast contributor Rowan Cahill gives his take on the Cunningham by-election result.

History Special: A 'Cosy Relationship'
Barbara Webster looks at Rockhampton between 1916 – 1957 to debunk the ‘dependence’ theory of trade union growth.

Culture: Blood Stains the Wattle
Former Queensland Treasurer Keith De Lacey has turned up in print with a rollicking tale of life during the famous Mt Isa strike of the 60s.

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: The Executive Pay Cut
Executives accepting pay freezes, or even pay cuts? This outrageous proposal has been put on the table by some capitalists themselves, and taken up by our bard.

Review: Time Out
When a family man invents a new life after losing his steady job, Tara de Boehmler watches his charade escalate until there is no turning back.

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Worker Rights Battle Goes Local
Local government has emerged as the new battleground for workers rights, with unions asking councils to sign up to a landmark ethical labour code.

Holroyd City Council has become the first local government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Labor Council guaranteeing ethical practices by their contractors. [full story]

Scourers Face Q-Fever Risk
Wool scourers are facing an outbreak of Q-fever in a Wagga woolshed, with more than 60 per cent of the workers in one unit testing positive for the potentially fatal disease.

The outbreak has sparked calls for a reform of safety laws, with the disease currently recognised as a hazard for meatworkers but not for workers in the textile industry. [full story]

Suncorp Feels Heat Over Candid Camera
Suncorp-Metway faces legal action after filming workers attending a staff meeting to discuss wages and conditions, as its campaign to intimidate workers into a non-union deal turns nasty.

In a blatant attempt to stifle dissent, the Queensland-based owners of GIO Insurance filmed employees attending a Sydney meeting this week. [full story]

Living Wage Claim Not Enough?
Low-paid service workers have split with the ACTU’s Living Wage claim, stating that a $24.40 per week increase is not enough and community campaigning is required to push the figure higher.

Hours after the ACTU released its 2003 claim, the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union announced they would campaign for a $40-$50 per week increase to bring the minimum wage to $500 per week. [full story]

African Chefs Claim Visa Abuse
Evidence of abuse of business visas is growing, with lawyers claiming three black South African chefs have been underpaid more than $300,000 by a Manly Ribs restaurant.

Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock’s public dismissal of South African fears of an “organised racket” supplying employers with cheap black labour will be challenged when the cases go before the NSW Industrial Magistrate’s Court on November 26. [full story]

Bushfire Volunteers Pay Heavy Price
Workers protecting the state from bushfires are being left thousands of dollars out of pocket, prompting calls for government compensation.

Labor Council affiliates will meet to consider a range of options including a remuneration scheme modelled on the Army Reserves and an increase in the number of retained fire fighters. [full story]

Win in Battle For Tea Break Rights
In a bid to beat-off around the clock performance monitoring, bank workers have negotiated formal tea breaks in a new enterprise agreement.

The workers at St George Bank felt compelled to secure a formal right to two paid rest breaks per day under the weight of increased work intensity.  [full story]


 Reith Adviser Plots New Era of Lawlessness

 Kinko’s Workers Win Copybook Campaign

 Sparks Fly as Build A Life Rolls On

 Rail Towns Fight For Jobs

 Win For Aboriginal Health Workers

 Safety Crisis in Detention Centres

 Miners Take Up Westfund Cudgels

 Wine Workers Go the Full Bottle

 Performers Close to National Deal

 Blair Caught in Industrial Fire Storm

 Nurses Call Public Into The Pink On Aged Care

 Environmental Research Washed Away

 P&O’s Shame as Inspector Banned

 WTO Must Incorporate Labor Rights

 STOP PRESS: Esso Is To Blame

 Activist Notebook

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“We want Labor councils to reflect true Labor values," NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson with Holroyd Mayor Mal Tulloch

The reality is that the political wing is jumping at shadows, spooked by a fear of a public backlash that is not even there.

An Itinerant Tool


Month In Review
War and Pieces of Work
The Bali Tragedy dominated the news this month, leaving many questioning the motive and wondering if this is fallout from Australia’s unquestioning support of George Dubya’s ‘War On Terror’.

The Soapbox
Beware of Greeks Bearing Historical Allusions
Roland Stephens argues that the current popular line that the USA is a modern day version of the Roman Empire is flawed.

The Locker Room
Over The Fence Is Out
Phil Doyle warms up for another season of hard hitting and fast bowling in the park, making the rules up as he goes along.

The Sea of Hands
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation are five years old. Spokeswoman Dameeli Coates addressed labor Council to mark the event.

Tokyo Youth Call
Tokyo unions are relying on young organisers to infiltrate workplaces as part of a major organising campaign, which focuses on non-unionised companies, reports Mary Yaager.

Still Crazy After All These Years
With new research suggests CEO carry similar personality traits to psycho-paths, the AGM season is proving that there’s little room for logic in our nation’s board rooms.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Costello's Mad Plan
 Bravo Costa!
 Deck Chairs on the Titanic

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