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Issue No. 188 25 July 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Solidarity Gets Sexy
Here’s an image of modern trade unionism: articulate soap stars gives evidence to Senate inquiry into free trade; young IT workers pressure the government to get Big Brother out of the workplace and strapping young footballers join the union to take on the might of Murdoch’s NRL.

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

 Gloves Off Over Workers’ Rights

 Win for Victims of Rio Tinto "Blood Sport"

 League Players Join Union Team

 The Stack Goes On

 Trolley Rort Gathers Pace

 Allende Comes to Fairfield

 Vale Ernie Razborsek

 Kodak Chops Workers from Picture

 Stool Lady’s Stand Vindicated

 Nurses Seek Work-Based Elder Care

 Aussie Stars Buck Trade Off

 High Tech Pokies Threaten Jobs

 Activist 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

L E T T E R S
 The New Globalism
 Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
 More on Bullies
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The New Globalism


Dear Readers,

In September 2000, on the eve of the United Nations Millennium Summit the round table debate on dialogue among civilisations was organised by UNESCO and UN. At this occasion Koffi Annan, Secretary General of the UN, stated that alongside an infinite diversity of cultures now evolves a new global civilisation. Its fundamental principles are the celebration of cultural diversity, tolerance of dissent, and universal human rights. The cultural diversity - in his opinion - is not only the basis for the dialogue among civilisations, but also the reality that makes dialogue necessary, since the perception of diversity as a threat is the very seed of war.

Koďchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, added that active and mutually enriching exchange between cultures is essential to furthering peace between nations and communities. Knowledge of the cultures of others and listening to what they have to say - dispels hatred, ignorance and mistrust, and helps to build peace both internationally and in the community. Thus cultural dialogue leads to long-term understanding, and helps to sow the seeds of peace.

In our world there exist numerous civilisations which can enrich one another and share essential common values, interests and concerns. People grown up in them need to increase their mutual understanding, and this requires a new "education for dialogue" instead of the old education in the national spirit. Closer international and community co-operation requires a new information network promoting cultural dialogue, mutual respect and understanding.

Those invited to the UN roundtable 2003 are representatives of religious, cultural and political organizations and communities, academics, politicians, and national and international agencies located in Australia and abroad. Dialogue participants will come with some expertise or influence in a relevant area or come with special concerns about these issues.

For exact details of location, transport and accommodation and bookings please visit our web site or contact us and we will fax or email further details.

www.peopleofspirit.net/forum2003/forum2003.html

Regards Wendy Sargent

(co-ordinator of UNDAC Network)


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