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Issue No. 182 13 June 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

The Dead Couple
The message from the ACTU’s Future of Work research is that the two theoretical frameworks for understanding work in the 20th century - ‘Harvester Man’ and ‘TINA’ are both dead.

F E A T U R E S

History: Nest of Traitors
Rowan Cahill uncovers a ripping yarn that could redefine the way we look at Australian involvement in World War II.

Interview: A Nation of Hope
Former PM Bob Hawke bemoans the demise of industrial relations but takes heart from the prospect of peace in the Middle East

Unions: National Focus
Noel Hester reports on a soap star rebellion, Howard’s plans to renuclearise South Australia, more historical atrocities in the north, the redundancy test case plus more in the monthly national wrap.

Safety: The Shocking Truth
It’s every power worker’s worst nightmare – and it happened to Adrian Ware. In a flash of voltage, his life changed forever, as Jim Marr reports.

Tribute: A Comrade Departed
From Prime Ministers to wharfies, the labour movement paid tribute to Tas Bull this week. Jim Marr was among them.

History: Working Bees
Neale Towart looks at a group of workers who got sacked so their boss could keep making the Bomb.

Education: The Big Picture
The NTEU’s Dr Mike Donaldson and Tony Brown join all the dots in the current debate around higher eduction.

International: Static Labour
Ray Marcelo argues there’s another side to the recent furore over Telstra’s use of cheap Indian IT contractors.

Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Frank Stilwell argues that Peter Costello’s latest budget plumbs fiscal policy to new depths.

Technology: Google and Campaigning
Labourstart’s Eric Lee argues the latest weapon for campaigning could be the humble search engine.

Review: Secretary With A Difference
Looking for a new job can be hard enough, without having to worry about sadomasochistic bosses and the threat of being spanked for forgetting to cross your ‘t’s, says Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Minimale
The Labor Party leadership is in the news again, inspiring our resident bard David Peetz to song

Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
John Howard released a controversial policy statement today, arguing that the Senate be abolished in favour of a device measuring noise from the gallery of the House of Representatives.

N E W S

 Air NZ Grounds Mums and Kids

 Unions to End Casual Affair

 Carr Faces Acid On Job Security

 Abbott Prescribes Dole for Mother of Six

 Cole Batting Zero from Thirty Two

 Labor Insider Makes Mess

 Dust Busters – MUA Sails into Allianz Fight

 Security Forces Come Out Firing

 Women’s Centre Faces Ideological Jihad

 Varsity Casuals Win Wage Increase

 Fortress NSW Protects BHP Workers

 Pharmacists Seek Jobs Medicine

 Iranian Textile Workers Sewn Up

 Unique Union –Uni Partnership

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

Politics
It’s Our Party
Long time union watcher Nicholas Way looks at the changing dynamics between the industrial and political wings of the labour movement.

The Soapbox
Grass Roots
In his Maiden Speech, new MP Tony Burke argues that the ALP’s union links are nothing to be ashamed of.

Media
Opinion Forming Down Under
Evan Jones condemns the mainstream’s media coverage of the War on Iraq and the damage it is doing to our national psyche.

The Locker Room
Location, Re-Location!
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a club, writes Phil Doyle

L E T T E R S
 Costa Must Be Crazy
 Saharwi Struggle
 Vinegar Hill
 Tom's Toons
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Activists Notebook


There are two events in this union activist register, first the World Refugee Day rally on Sunday 22nd June, and secondly a request for you to support an international campaign by cleaners against Westfield’s.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

World Refugee day is next Friday and will be commemorated this year with National Demonstrations on Sunday 22nd June.

WHEN: Sunday 22nd June

TIME: 12 noon

WHERE: Hyde Park North, Next to Archibald Fountain

Labor movement activists will meet at Archibald Fountain at 12 noon on the South Side of the Fountain near the row of trees. From there we will march as a group to Belmore Park for a festival with musical performances the by Urban Guerrillas, food stalls and children's activities. To get leaflets to distribute, come to the Labor Council of NSW Lvl 10/377 Sussex St Sydney, or email [email protected]

JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS GOES GLOBAL

International Justice for Janitors Day ( or Justice for Cleaners as we know the campaign in Australia) is only 3 days away, on 15 June.

As part of an effort to commemorate this important event, LabourStart has teamed up with trade unionists in Australia, the USA and elsewhere and launching an online campaign to demand that janitors employed by the Westfield shopping mall chain (which has with outlets in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada) be treated decently.

Please do your bit --

1. Visit the campaign page and send off your message to the company:

http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=16

2. Forward this message to your fellow union members, family and friends.

NOTE: In the first twelve hours of this campaign more than 200 e-mails have been sent to Westfield - from the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia.

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Please forward on to people who might be interested. To join the union activist register go to http://www.labor.net.au/activist.

For more information email [email protected] or call the Labor Council on (02) 9264 1691.


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