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Issue No. 166 14 February 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

A Call To Arms
Workers Online returns from our summer break to face a world on the brink, the structures of global cooperation being crushed by the iron will of the earth’s last remaining superpower.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Agenda 2003
ACTU secretary Greg Combet looks at the year ahead and how a union movement can keep the focus on the workplace at a time of global crisis.

Peace: The Colour Purple
Local communities across Australia are taking stands against war by displaying purple banners. Jim Marr visits one.

Industrial: Long, Hot Summer
As Workers Online took its annual break, the world kept turning – at an increasingly alarming velocity.

Solidarity: Workers Against War
Joann Wypijewski reports on how union locals in the USA are fighting the hounds of war at home.

Security: Howard And The Hoodlums
With all the talk of terror, the Howard Government’s Achilles heel is its tolerance of Flags of Convenience shipping , writes Rowan Cahill

International: Industrial Warfare
Scottish freight train drivers have already acted to disrupt the war effort in the UK with crews of four freight trains carrying war supplies to ports walking off the job, writes Andrew Casey

History: Unions and the Vietnam War
The Vietnam experience steered some unions towards social activism for the first time. Unions are today key players in the anti-war movement, writes Tony Duras.

Review: Eight Miles to Mowtown
Mark Hebblewhites looks at two summer movies that tap into different sounds of American culture - white boy rap and motown blues.

Poetry: Return To Sender
Resident bard Divd Peetz discovers that Elvis has become the latest shock recruit to the peace cause.

Satire: CIA Recruits New Intake of Future Enemies
CIA Director George Tenet announced today that the agency has begun recruiting future enemies for the year 2014.

N E W S

 The Cuffe Link – Taxpayers Cough Up

 Carr: Secret Lib Plan to Slash Public Sector

 Abbott Comes Out Swinging

 Thanks a Million: Cole’s Lawyers Clean-up

 Corrigan Dogs On Jobs Promise

 Gnomes Fess Up – Unionism Best For All

 Owens Survives 30-Year Ban

 Ribs and Rumps Something for Government to Chew On

 Badges of Honour

 Guards Rail Against Assaults

 Workers Online Scoops Global Prize

 Currawong Must Pay It’s Way

 Let’s Get Real! 2nd Australasian Organising Conference

 Guard Knocked Out in Villawood Escape

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Getting On with The Job
Premier Bob Carr chose Trades Hall as the venue to launch Labor's IR policy for the upcoming state election.

Postcard
Justice in Bogota
Sydney lawyer Ian Latham knows how to pick them. He’s gone straight from the Cole Royal Commission to justice Colombian-style.

The Locker Room
Heart Of Darkness
There is a school of thought that there is, in fact, only one World Cup - and it doesn’t involve cricket, writes Phil Doyle.

Politics
Danger Mouse
John Howard's politics have trapped him into supporting an unpopular war. He is in political trouble, Leonie Bronstein argues.

L E T T E R S
 Bouquets and Brickbats
 War Talk
 A Tale of Two Malls
 Talk Back Tom
 On The Beach
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Owens Survives 30-Year Ban


Nearly 30 years after the crusading NSW BLF was swallowed up by its national organisation one-time red terror, Joe Owens, still suffers at the hands of employers with long memories.

Today Owens runs an occupational health and safety business, and contracts to WorkCover as an assessor. Some Sydney building companies won't have a bar of him.

"There are a few with long memories," he admits, "but there is always a bit of work around."

Owens was a rigger and dogman before serving under Jack Mundey as a BLF organiser at the height of the famous green bans campaign He also became prominent in movements for Aboriginal and Womens rights, as well as the mobilisation against the Vietnam War.

Owens became the BLF's NSW branch secretary from 1973 until Norm Gallagher's 1975 takeover resulted in the expulsion of himself and dozens of others.

In common with many others from the Mundey era, he was blacklisted from the industry. After 10 years on the outer, Owens eventually found his way back into construction through the FEDFA and served as site delegate on the Darling Harbour and World Square projects.

Owens and another former BLF activist, Jimmy Avinou, were amongst 12 union stalwarts recognised with Labor Council scrolls of honour at this week's AGM. Owens collected that awarded posthumously to former BLF president, Bob Pringle, who was killed in a 1996 boating accident.

Other workers awarded scrolls for their service to the movement were: Tom Morrison (CFMEU), Alex Malnikoff (CFMEU), Ludwig Strutzenburger (CFMEU), Frank Altoft (TWU), Jack Lawrence (TWU), Michael Johnston (AWU), Leslie Matthews (AWU), Judith Bennett (ASU) and Barry French (TWU).


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