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Issue No. 172 28 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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Cole’s Bad Medicine
Cole Commission recommendations will spread well beyond the building industry, with nurses and teachers looming as collateral damage.

Nurses Union national secretary, Jill Iliffe, warned that Australians would face reduced health care or increased taxes if Commission recommendations on pattern bargaining become law. [full story]

Unions Condemn Protest Violence
NSW Unions are calling on the mainstream peace movement to distance itself from the organisers of Wednesday’s violent high school walk out and insisting on no repeat performances.

The NSW Labor Council last night endorsed a resolution moved by key left-wing unions calling on the Walk Against the War Coalition to take steps to ensure a similar event is not held. [full story]

Hospitals Pick Sweatshops Over Chain Gangs
Foreign imports of textiles used in NSW hospitals are so cheap that high-security prisoners, paid between $30 and $60 per week, have been told they can’t compete.

The NSW Health Department is under fire for cancelling the prison contract to supply it with sheets, linen and surgical gowns, preferring cheap foreign imports. [full story]

New Faces Part of Labor ‘Rejuvenation’
A swathe of new Labor MPs with strong trade union credentials will enter the NSW Parliament after Bob Carr’s crushing state election victory.

Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the presence of a block of MPs with an understanding of modern unionism will play an important role in rejuvenating the links between the political and industrial wings of the labour movement in NSW. [full story]

Cobar Draws Line in Sand
Cobar residents are expected to turn out in force on Tuesday to back 90 of their number threatened by the looming sell-off of the Elura Copper Mine.

Long-standing mayor, Lilliane Brady, has endorsed the protest, along with striking workers’ demands to be told the truth about their futures. [full story]

Test Case – UK 26, Australia 0
Visiting UK public policy guru, Matthew Taylor, is urging Federal Government to follow Britain’s example in legislating for paid maternity leave and more family-friendly workplaces.

Blair Government legislation will, from next month, entitle women to 26 weeks paid maternity leave, as well as secure part-time employment and flexible working hours. [full story]


 Uncle Sam and the Union Busters

 Calling All Artists – May Day Poster Comp

 Nipping Surveillance in the Bud

 Bus Drivers Back Childcare

 Forced Labour Prevails Despite Sanctions

 Union Gains On Display

 Activists Notebook

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$60 million of taxpayers money spent to 'uncover' the industrial equivalent of jay-walking

Alongside strategies like embedding journalists, continuous polling and selected release of information, the Rule of Law has become just another tool in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people.

Daft Danna


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
 Statement on Labor's Response to War
 Tom's Tantie
 Shameless Extremists
 Barbarians at the Gate
 More War Comment
 Back-Slapping Bob

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