As the fog of war lifts and attention returns to the domestic phase we find a Federal Opposition imploding as the Prime Minister prepares for the final putsch toward what he sees as his historical mission.
Interview: Picking Up The Peaces
Walk Against the War Coalition convenor Bruce Childs outlines the challenge for the peace movement in the lead up to Palm Sunday.
Unions: The Royal Con
Jim Marr argues the Cole Commission can only be taken seriously by people kept ignorant of the way it actually operated.
National Focus: Around the Grounds
Unions maintain the pressure for peace as the upcoming organising conference takes on added significance, reports Noel Hester.
Economics: The Secret War on Trade
Overseas-based multi-nationals are coming after our film industry, electricity, water, pharmaceutical benefits and even childcare. Or are they? Nobody knows, as Jim Marr reports.
International: United Front
Workers and their unions around the world have possibly never been as united in their commitment to campaign together against the War in Iraq, writes Andrew Casey
History: Confessions of a Badge Collector
Bill Pirie has one of the largest collections of trade union badges in the world. After 20 years the collection now numbers some 6,000 badges.
Politics: Stalin’s Legacy
Fifty years ago last month Josef Stalin died. How could it be that a democratic and socialist revolution produced one of the monsters of the twentieth century, asks Leonie Bronstein.
Review: Such Was Not Ned’s Life
The life of Ned Kelly is what we in the world of journalism term a “ball tearing yarn” so why have writers of the movie adaptation felt so impelled to dress it up with fiction, asks Tara de Boehmler.
Poetry: Osama's Top Recruiter
Through our extensive intelligence networks, we have managed to track down the top recruiter for the global terror network of Osama bin Laden.
Satire: Woolworths CEO Denied Bonus After Company Posts Profit
Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett was devastated today to report an 18.3% rise in profit under his management over the last year.
Medicare Bombshell – Bosses To Pay
Another Cole Man Bites The Dust
Cheap Indian on Telstra Menu
Legal Tussle Looms Over Email Laws
Recycled Training Stitch-Up Exposed
Contractors Code Fires a Blank
Sweet Talk – Big Business Style
Bosses, Workers Unite on Grey Threat
ANZ Workers Want Cut of Billion Dollar Profit
Time for Death Penalties
Union Exhibition for Wollongong
Nurses in Staffing Stand-off
North Coast Jobs Saved
Super Success in Pilbara
Howard Attacks Education - Again
May Day Festivities
Chris Christodoulou looks at the fallout from the selection of the new Carr Ministry and what it means to the factional warlords.
The Locker Room
The Best Season Since Last Year
Phil Doyle goes trudging through the mud in search of the heart of the matter beneath the corporate biffo
Books on Bombs
In times like these, reading inevitably turns to America and war. Chris White wades through Pilger, Chomsky, Eco, Moore and Vidal.
Tom's Cunning Plan
Postcard from Harvard
Labor Council's Michael Gadiel was elected to give the valedictory speech to this year's Harvard Trade Union Program.
Success Breeds Contempt
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Union Exhibition for Wollongong
“When Workers Unite”, the biggest NSW collection of union banners, posters and badges, will make its next appearance in Wollongong as part of the South Coast Labor Council’s 75th anniversary celebrations.
The historic exhibition, an artistic trip through labour history, will show at the Wollongong City Gallery from September 15 - 23.
When Workers Unite finished its debut public outing in Sydney the week before Easter. The UTS showing was the first time such a large collection of union posters, badges, and banners had been exhibited together.
Alban Gillezeau and the Labor Council of NSW's Neale Towart were the driving forces behind getting the exhibits together.
More than 100 posters covered issues including sexual harassment (most popular with the various TAFE student groups), the eight-hour day, environmental issues (green bans, oil spills and pollution), anti-war and anti-nuclear campaigns, political actions (posters on Joh and Co in Qld, Howard and Reith) and occupational health and safety issues capped by a graphic photo of a worker painting the harbour bridge whilst holding on with one hand, perched above The Rocks with no harness in sight.
There were 20 sets of Australian badges grouped by themes such as amalgamations, annual membership, May Day, union representatives, delegates and shop stewards15 large banners of various unions, plus memorabilia and a great collection of British mining union badges chiefly from the 1970-1 and 1984-85 coal strikes.
Banners included a beautiful reproduction of the Sydney Labor Day Committee's Eight Hour Day banner, originally designed by Edgar Whitbread.
Other interesting "ephemera:" included a Gauloise cigarette packet in the unusual red colouring. Gauloise are always blue but in 1982 the worker took over the factory and a way of gaining strike funds was to continue to produce cigarettes. They did this in a special red packet. Our international man of collections, contacts and knowledge of all things union, Bill Pirie managed to get hold of one of these packets.
Negotiations are underway for a Newcastle season after the exhibition finishes in Wollongong.
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