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Issue No. 186 11 July 2003  

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.


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


 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


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

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Activists Notebook

The Senate Committee that is considering the Howard Government's Medicare legislation will commence its hearings on Tuesday morning 22nd July in the Jubilee Room Parliament House Macquarie Street.

The SAVE MEDICARE ALLIANCE will hold a rally between 12:30pm and 1:30pm to support universal health care and stop the Howard Government's attacks on Medicare outside Parliament House.

WHEN: Tuesday 22nd July

WHERE: Parliament House, Macquarie St Sydney

TIME: 12:30 - 1:30pm

The Senate Committee is chaired by Sen Jan McLucas (ALP Qld), in addition to our speakers Sen McLucas will be invited to speak.

As signs and banners cannot be taken into the Parliament, the Save Medicare Alliance will arrange to mind and signs or banners during the morning session.

For further information, please contact Bruce Childs , Shane O'Brien 0418 227 997 or the Combined Pensioners and Superannuates (02) 02 9281 3588. Copies of the Leaflet are available at the Labor Council Office Lvl 10/377 Sussex St Sydney.


"The Power - Unionism in Broken Hill

The Broken Hill City Library and the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery are exhibiting artwork from eleven local artists and the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery's Collection from 1 August to 7 September 2003. The exhibition will be held at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Corner of Blende & Chloride Street, Broken Hill.

The President of the Barrier Industrial Council, Brett Campbell will open the exhibition at 6.30pm followed by Readings by Geoff Goodfellow, renowned Poet and Public Speaker.

Artists featured in 'The Power' are

Wayne Robbie

Deidre Edwards

Howard Steer

Julie Watkins

Robert Groves

Bushy White

Angela Fitzpatrick-Wren

Thalia Robertson

John Lindsay Gregory

Jim Paterson

Siobhan Bailey

'The Power' is an exhibition which celebrates the power and achievement of the Union movement. Particular reference is made to the role of unions in Broken Hill and the influence on labour rights across Australia. The exhibition features works by Roy Dalgamo and the celebrated mural by Noel Counihan on the triumph of the worker. Prints by Mandy Martin, historical naďve paintings by Sam Byrne and other contemporary images that portray the times, issues and leading individuals that sought the power to change employer's attitudes to the worker. The exhibition explores several major themes, including ...

· · Daughters of the Union

· · The Tom Mann Train -

· · The Outsiders

· · Inequality and Danger."


Rally against loss of freedom


The Australian and US governments are currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement for completion by the end of the year. The US is targeting Australian social policies, which it views as 'barriers to trade'.


These include:

Price controls of essential medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

Labelling of genetically modified food

Local content levels in Australian film and television

Control over levels of foreign investment in strategic industries

The Senate is holding an inquiry into the Australia-US Free Trade

Agreement and the WTO Agreement on Trade in Services. There will be

public hearings in Sydney on 23 July at Parliament House.

Come to a lunchtime rally in support of the inquiry and to demand

public debate and parliamentary vote on these negotiations.

Where: Macquarie St. Sydney, outside Parliament House

When: Wednesday 23 July at 1pm


Colin Friels, actor;

Doug Cameron, National Secretary AMWU;

Senators on the Committee:

Senator Kerry Nettle, Greens;

Senator Gavin Marshall, ALP; and

Senator Aden Ridgeway, Democrats,

Dr. Patricia Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network


For more information contact Louise Southalan, Australian Fair Trade

and Investment Network (02) 9299 7833 or email [email protected]


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