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Issue No. 166 14 February 2003  

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.


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.


 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


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.

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.

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

 Bouquets and Brickbats
 War Talk
 A Tale of Two Malls
 Talk Back Tom
 On The Beach
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Badges of Honour

How many workers realise why they get decent pay and conditions, four weeks leave and have safe workplaces? It�s the unions of course, though many think it�s all thanks to the government and generous employers.

Trade union history is rich with the campaigns that have been fought and won to improve working people's lives, and many have been waged with workplace posters, banners and badges,

A selection of these will be on display when the Labor Council of NSW and TAFE - Sydney Institute of Technology will be hold a joint exhibition at the Muse building on the Ultimo College of TAFE campus from the 31 March to 12 April 2003.

Labor Council of NSW secretary John Robertson said that "the exhibition presents a unique opportunity for Labor Council and TAFE to highlight the contribution unions have made to gaining and maintaining decent conditions of employment and training standards in Australia."

He said it was appropriate that the exhibition should be on the grounds of what was Sydney Technical College because it was there that courses on industrial relations began in NSW.

Over 100 posters, a great selection of union badges and banners will be on display. Most of the banners will be modern ones but a small number of historic banners will be displayed from the Trades Hall collection and from affiliates. Images of the restored banners from the Trades Hall collection will be projected. Affiliates are contributing with material from their own collections of memorabilia.

The posters are from the large collection of Alban Gillezeau, a part time teacher at TAFE. They will be organised into themes such as OHS, conditions of employment, May Day and Labour Day, union amalgamations, celebrations (films, theatre), union organising and recruiting, international union actions and support from Australian unions for international actions.

The last major exhibitions of this sort were Working Art at the NSW Art Gallery in 1988, Badges of Labor and Banners of Pride at the Powerhouse Museum in 1987. At the 1993 ACTU Congress a poster exhibition was held showing both Australian and international posters. We hope that the exhibition will be able to tour around NSW.


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