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Issue No. 185 04 July 2003  

A Recipe for Conflict
Without making any excuses, Tony Abbott�s hand wringing at this week�s airing of a secret video of picket line violence was a bit like watching Don King condemn boxing.


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


 Aussie Workers Cradle-Snatched

 Morris McMahon Workers Say Thanks

 Violence: Emerson Fingers Abbott

 Cowboys Face Contracts Ban

 TUTA Rises From the Ashes

 Teased Teachers Fight Back

 Labor Fails TAFE Test

 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


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.

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

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

Evatt Foundation Breakfast Seminar

Australia's retreat from egalitarianism

Professor Frank Stilwell (chair)

Fred Argy

Professor Hugh Stretton

When: Tuesday 8 July 2003

Where: Macquarie Room, Quality Hotel (formerly the Southern Cross Hotel), Cnr Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets Sydney, opposite the Goulburn Street

Parking Station, and a short stroll from both Central and Museum railway


Cost: $14 (includes breakfast)

Timing: Breakfast will be served from 7.30 am, the seminar will commence promptly at 8.00 am and finish on the dot of 9.00 am.

Bookings: Please RSVP to the Evatt Foundation by: Mail: Evatt Foundation, University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052; Telephone: 9385 2966; Fax: 9385 2967;

or Email: [email protected]

For more information, visit the Evatt Foundation's website:


'THE WORK / LIFE COLLISION- What is to be Done?'

Tuesday, 8th July 6:30 for 7:00pm


Gleebooks: 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037

Please RSVP to gleebooks - ph: 9660 2333 or

email: [email protected]

a panel discussion



author of "The Work/Life Collision"


Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner



National President of CFMEU



WHEN: Wednesday 9th July 2003 from 10am to 12 noon

WHERE: Ground Floor Training Room, Labor Council Building, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney

WHO: With AMY DEAN, CEO, South Bay Labor Council, Silicon Valley

In 1995 when John Sweeny and the New Voice Team took over the leadership of the AFL-CIO, they pledged to revive organising and to devote leadership and resources to reactivating labour councils and build a movement. Amy Dean is the Chair of the AFL-CIO Advisory Committee on Central Labor Councils. She has worked very closely with the Sweeny team and has pioneered the revitalization process of US Labor Councils.

During the seminar with Amy we will:

� Talk about building union cities

� Outline the challenges of new economy organising

� Discuss how the US Union movement is building community unionism

� Explain how the South Bay Labor Council has become the voice of working families in Silicon Valley

� Explore with us the challenges of how the movement can move from reactive to proactive political and social practices

� Describe how the US labour movement began to get pro-worker candidates elected to office and how they kept those candidates accountable

� Detail how leading US unions utilize comprehensive campaigning techniques to build industry power

George Monbiot Speaks

At the invitation of Oxfam CAA George Monbiot is giving his only public talk outside the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, at the Valhalla Theatre on Tuesday 15th July at 6.30pm.

Gleebooks by emailing [email protected] or phone 9660 233

This event is co-sponsored by

Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, Gleebooks & The Adelaide Festival of Ideas

Venue: The Valhalla - 166 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

$8/$5 conc & gleeclub RSVP Tel: 9660 2333 or email [email protected]


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