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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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Kodak Chops Workers from Picture


Australia Kodak workers, amongst 6,000 jobs to be cut worldwide, have been toldd their jobs will go in a company media release.

As speculation mounts over the future of the global company, local workers and their union, the LHMU, are being kept in the dark

" Using a media release to tell the workforce they are about to get the sack is just not on, " LHMU Victorian Branch secretary, Brian Daley, says.

" We reckon this is a very poor way to treat a workforce which has worked closely and co-operated with management to keep the Kodak name alive in Australia."

The LHMU has called a stoppage of its 500 members at the Kodak plant for this Tuesday to discuss what should be the workforce's reaction to this announcement.

The union has also put in a dispute notice to the AIRC over the lack of proper consultation by the company.

" In the late 1980's it was only because of the effective lobbying of Kodak's unionised workforce that we were able to save the Kodak plant," Daly says. "In the 1990s we again sat down with the management to protect our jobs."

" So in 2003 to find out that we are going to lose jobs from a media release, or a small paragraph hidden in the back of the business pages of local media, is really the height of rudeness and arrogance on the part of management.

Meanwhile, in Sydney, cleaners at Weatherill Park have been thrown out of their jobs because shopping centre management can increase profits by changing contractors.

LHMU Cleaners Union members stopped work this week to demand that the shopping centre and new cleaning contractor maintain their jobs.

The cleaners have sought support from local Labor MP, Joe Tripodi, and invited him to their picketline.


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