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Issue No. 170 14 March 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Coke or Pepsi?
And so the battle of the NSW political brands enters its final week – and at times it seems more like the Coke and Pepsi Taste Challenge; only this time the brown syrupy liquid is power.

F E A T U R E S

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.

N E W S

 Travelex Wrong-un Stumps Staff

 No Utopia In Lifetime Contracts

 Della Renews Jobs Pledge

 Chef Roasts Double Standard

 Howard’s Navy – Aussies Need Not Apply

 Bank Lockout Mars Peace Day

 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

C O L U M N S

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.

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

Bosswatch
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.

L E T T E R S
 Addicted to ANZUS
 A Plea for Legal Action
 Accord Reconsidered
 Johnny's Green Card
 Veto The War
 Law and Order
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Smoke Free St Patricks Day


Australia’s Irish pubs and clubs have been urged to follow Ireland’s lead on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and declare their venues smokefree.

Ireland's political leaders have agreed on legislation which will see all workplaces smokefree including pubs and bars by the end of the year.

"That means if Australia's Irish pubs and clubs want to be authentically Irish," says SmokeFree '03 coalition spokesperson Terry Noone of the Musicians' Union (himself of Irish descent), "then they should go smokefree at least for the day - and hopefully for good."

Moves towards clean air status by Irish pubs and clubs in Australia (such as smokefree areas and special nights) have been met with customer approval - none reporting any loss of trade.

"Going smokefree would be a great step forward for our hospitality venues," Noone says.

"It would be welcomed by thousands of hospitality employees, including entertainers, who are now working in unhealthy conditions, breathing polluted air for several hours each day or night.

"These workers are enduring dangerous conditions which would not be expected in any other industry. Governments should legislate to protect all workers and create a level playing field for all workplaces, including pubs and clubs.

Noone says it's clear under Occupational Health and Safety laws and the recent Sharp vs Port Kembla RSL case that employers have an absolute duty of care to provide safe workplaces. It's time they met this responsibility - and Irish pubs could lead the way.

"We're even offering a song appropriate to the occasion - a reworking called When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (It's Because We've Gone Smokefree). We're hoping our members will be able to sing it in Irish venues across the land on St Pat's - preferably in tune."


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