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Issue No. 170 14 March 2003  

Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Through a distortion in the time-space continuum, we have found a recording showing how people a few years into the future will deal with health care.

Interview: League of Nations
ICFTU general secretary Guy Ryder on the war, core labour standards and why Australia is an international pariah.

Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
A retrospective analysis of the Accord is needed to help develop future strategies. Is it worth trying again? And if so, what would need to be different?

Organising: On The Buses
A new rank and file leadership team is standing up for the harried bus driver in the run-up to the NSW State Election

Unions: National Focus
A gaze around the country reveals some inspiring and innovative organising initiatives, a fruitful connection with young workers in South Australia and some typically robust industrial campaigns reports Noel Hester.

History: The Banner Room
On the eve of it’s refurbishment, Jim Marr ventures into one of Trades Hall’s best kept secrets; the room that houses relics of labour’s halcyon days.

International: The Slaughter Continues
Chilling new statistics from Colombia's main trade union confederation CUT: nine trade unionists assassinated in the first two months of this year.

Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Aaron Magner looks at the legal implications of the crusade of the Coalition of the Willing

Culture: Singing For The People
When there’s a struggle for social justice, when a war is brewing or rights are being eroded, the first ones to pen, paper and protest are often the folkwriters.

Review: The Hours
On the eve of International Women’s Day Tara de Boehmler follows the tale of three women who would rather choose death than a life devoid of personal choice.

Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Scarier than Star Wars, the latest weapon to be deployed in the battle for Iraq is the Singing Dubya.

Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
Australian cricketer Shane Warne today admitted that he was still feeling the after effects of the diuretic he tested positive to.

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Travelex Wrong-un Stumps Staff
Australian World Cup stars Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee are being asked to review sponsorship deals with Travelex because the global currency trader has bowled a wrong-un to long-serving staff.

The ASU Services Union sought support from the pair as Travelex carved thousands off staff pay packets while handing over millions to associate itself with cricketers, racing car drivers and yachties. [full story]

No Utopia In Lifetime Contracts
Staff at a Sydney record store have been asked to sign contracts that would prevent them ever again working in the music industry inside the CBD.

Unions are warning young workers that the contracts, covering workers at Utopia records, are a clear restraint of trade and should not be signed. [full story]

Della Renews Jobs Pledge
The Carr Government has renewed its ‘no forced redundancies’ pledge to public sector workers for another four years.

Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca made the commitment at a public conference last week after the Carr Government’s industrial relations policy had been silent on the issue. [full story]

Chef Roasts Double Standard
Ripped off South African chefs Reevis Khumalo and William Ndlovu are being forced out of Australia by a Federal Government determined to burn workers.

The pair were paid thousands of dollars in a confidential settlement, after claiming six-figure underpayments, by Manly eatery Ribs and Rumps. [full story]

Howard’s Navy – Aussies Need Not Apply
Australia’s merchant marine is so downgraded the country was forced to rely on Indonesian mariners to support a 1999 Dili mission against Indonesian-aligned militias.

This startling revelation was made to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in Sydney this week. [full story]

Bank Lockout Mars Peace Day
Westpac marked a union day of action for peace by declaring its own war on political debate, refusing to allow organisers to enter the workplace to discuss the War on Iraq with members.

While thousands of workers across NSW marked the day by calling for a peaceful resolution, Westpac management at their Concord Service Centre closed the door on union reps claiming peace was not ‘union business’.  [full story]


 Intrepid Tourists Buck ILO Bans

 Whistle Blown on Second Hand Rail Safety

 Back-Packers Used to Break Hotel Strike

 Qantas for High Jumps

 Burrow Calls for New Family Formula

 Central Queensland Sucks on Roche

 Cabbies Hail Fair Deal

 Smoke Free St Patricks Day

 Workers Flush on Poo Pay

 Activist Notebook

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"Peace is union business - workers have a right to discuss the issues of the day at work – and there is no more pressing issue at present,” Labor Council secretary John Robertson

For all its faults, the Carr Government can point to a harmonious industrial relations framework that has delivered real benefits to the broader community.

Boy Blunder


The Soapbox
Workers Friend
Shock jock Alan Jones snubbed his Liberal mates to bucket the Cole Royal Commission and launch Jim Marr's book

The Locker Room
Boer Bore Boring
In the face of oppression Phil Doyle falls asleep in front of the TV

Guest Report
Dead Labor
The Hawke and Keating legacy is John Howard, Leonie Bronstein argues.

Hands Off, Tony
John Della Bosca argues the NSW Industrial Relations System gives his State a competitive advantage.

Groundhog Day
Another year, another round of corporate excess. Bosswatch returns from its summer slumber to find the same old dogs up to the same tricks.

LETTERS to the Editor
 Addicted to ANZUS
 A Plea for Legal Action
 Accord Reconsidered
 Johnny's Green Card
 Veto The War
 Law and Order

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