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Issue No. 185 04 July 2003  
 
F E A T U R E S

Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.

Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.

Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.

Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.

Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.

Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.

Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.

Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack

International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.

Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown

Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk

Poetry: Downsized
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear

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L A T E S T   N E W S

Morris McMahon Workers Say Thanks
After 15 weeks on the picket, Arncliffe factory workers returned to their jobs, thanking the union movement for “crucial support” and singling out embattled CFMEU chief John Sutton for special mention.

Representatives of Morris McMahon workers addressed the NSW Labor Council after winning their battle for a collective agreement the day after a national furore broke over a picket line confrontation. [full story]

Violence: Emerson Fingers Abbott
Tony Abbott must take some responsibility for picketline violence, such as that at Morris McMahon, according to his new Workplace Relations shadow, Craig Emerson.

In his first week as Labor’s Workplace Relations spokesman, Emerson lashed Abbott’s handling of the portfolio as partisan, out of touch, and ideologically-driven. [full story]

Cowboys Face Contracts Ban
Firms seeking lucrative government contracts would need to show they were good corporate citizens who allow workers to belong to unions, under a plan unions will take to the ALP State Conference in October.

The ‘procurement policy’ would force government department to ensure that all successful tenders and recipients of state money met defined criteria, including using the NSW Industrial Relations system and allowing collective agreements. [full story]

TUTA Rises From the Ashes
In a major rebuff of the Howard Government’s industrial relations policies, state Labor Governments will fund a $6 million training program for workplace delegates to promote workplace harmony.

The NSW and Victorian Governments are providing matching funding to the Union Education Foundation, which will be chaired by former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, with a board comprising senior union and employer representatives. [full story]

Teased Teachers Fight Back
A child abuse allegation, stemming from a teacher staring over his glasses at a pupil, was part of a dossier that has prompted the state government to re-examine child protection laws.

The dossier records another teacher being accused of humiliating a yawning student by yelling “I don”t want to watch you yawning, so next time, have a better breakfast and go to bed earlier.”  [full story]

Labor Fails TAFE Test
The NSW Government’s $27 million TAFE fee grab is a slap in the face for Labor Party delegates who endorsed pro-education policies, according to teachers.

Teachers Federation spokesman, Phil Bradley, lashed fee hikes unveiled in Treasurer Michael Egan’s latest budget as “unfair and elitist”. [full story]

ALSO MAKING NEWS

 Aussie Workers Cradle-Snatched

 Coke Called on to Stop the Rot

 Bridgestone Drops Doughnut on Workers

 AIRC Locked in Dark Ages

 Maternity Breakthrough in Hotels

 Labour Rights: Even Bush is Better!

 Long Winter for Seasonal Workers

 Activist Notebook

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“A lot of it comes down to classroom dynamics. If you’ve got one or two people who start to say ‘yeah, this rocks’, then the rest come on board…" CFMEU apprentice officer Karen Iles

E D I T O R I A L
Rather than pontificating about the evils of unions, Tony Abbott would be better served explaining how his laws contributed in a real way to the ugly situation occurring.

Call Waiting

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Cleaning Up
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.

The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.

Postcard
The Beach
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee


LETTERS to the Editor
 A Tribute to Brian Miller
 Orange Peel
 After the Accident
 Cuba - the Debate Continues
 Old Ted
 Greetings from Japan

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