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Issue No. 186 11 July 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Beyond the Possible
For a union movement that is struggling to break through the constraints of time and place, the visit of US union leader Amy Dean this week has been a breath of fresh air.

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

N E W S

 Stop Thief: Shelf Company Owes Millions

 Axed Workers Take on Max

 Seven Bowls Bouncer at Umpire

 Smokescreen Clouds Morris McMahon Win

 Rail Boss Locked In

 Actors To Be Paid Their Dues

 Ruddock Urged to Block Immigration Scam

 Silicon Workers Seize Their Valley

 Wage Case Swings on Fare Go

 Fire, Pepper Spray all in a Day’s Work

 Taking It Up for Medicare

 Shelved Worker Fights Back

 Activists Notebook

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

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Rail Boss Locked In


Bathurst workers locked a Sydney-based CEO in their factory after he told them he could only spare an hour to try and resolve their fortnight-long strike.

Members of the AWU and AMWU slammed the gates behind EDI Rail CEO, Danny Board, in a bid to convince him he should stick around and deal with their grievances.

Several hours later the meeting between the company contracted to build undercarriages for State Rail's controversial Millenium Trains, and its 90-strong workforce, was still in progress.

AWU state secretary, Russ Collison, hailed the development as "positive".

"The workers aren't being aggressive," he said. They won't force him to stay if he really doesn't want to address the issues but we think he has come to understand how important these matters are.

"More than anything, these workers want to go back to the job and we hope the company wants that to happen as well.'

NSW Labor Council, state Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca, unions and company representatives were scheduled to get together again in Sydney this afternoon.

Bathurst workers have been striking for a fortnight in a bid to force EDI to give some guarantee on the future of their jobs, and protect entitlements.

Critical Government comments about EDI's performance have raised serious questions about the contract and whether or not owed entitlements are safe.

Collison said any loss of work for EDI would have a "potentially disastrous" effect on the state's drought-ravaged central west.

Labor Council secretary, John Robertson, said Government, given its relationship with EDI, had "at the very least, a moral obligation" to ensure the company bargained in good faith.


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