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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 earthís 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 Ė 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 Governmentís 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 Ė Taxpayers Cough Up

 Carr: Secret Lib Plan to Slash Public Sector

 Abbott Comes Out Swinging

 Thanks a Million: Coleís Lawyers Clean-up

 Corrigan Dogs On Jobs Promise

 Gnomes Fess Up Ė 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 Itís Way

 Letís 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. Heís 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 doesnít 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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Letís Get Real! 2nd Australasian Organising Conference

At our first ever Organising Conference in 2001, 620 unionists got together to plan and build for a future where our unions consolidate and grow. So how are we doing?

It's time to take stock and move on. This is where you and the 2nd Australasian Organising Conference fit in. Come join us from Wednesday 7 - Friday 9 May 2003 at the University of Sydney, Holme Building. Hosted by the ACTU, the NSW Labor Council and NZ Council of Trade Unions the Conference will combine plenary and panel sessions, workshops and lots of opportunities to share your stories.

This not to be missed conference aims to:

∑ assess our progress in strengthening and growing our unions

∑ refocus unions on the importance of organisational renewal

∑ provide recognition to unions who have made significant progress

∑ provide hope to unions who are struggling to achieve change

∑ launch unions@work 2 to crystallise what is needed to continue to move forward

∑ provide case studies, skills and workshops on contemporary issues to assist unions

∑ enable unions to reflect on their progress and identify key priorities to move forward

The conference will be conducted over three days, commencing the first day at 10.30 am and finishing on the final day in the early afternoon. This will enable most participants to travel on the day of the conference, limiting accommodation to two nights. The conference will be finished on Friday, enabling New Zealand and interstate participants to spend a weekend and reduce airfare costs.

We've come a long way but there's so much more to do. Come join in and celebrate our successes as we all build our way to the next level.

Let's get serious and maybe even have a bit of fun!

Keep checking out this website for all you need to know and news just in. We'll be posting a registration form very soon that you can download to register.

So what's it cost? Only $330 for three days, even less if you register in a group of five and over. Come join us too at our swanky conference dinner at NSW Parliament House hosted by Minister John Della Bosca, it costs $70. All prices include GST.

Got an idea or a question or need more information? Email Suzanne Culph @ [email protected] or call 02 9264 9744 or 0421 802 552.


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