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Issue No. 188 25 July 2003  

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.


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


 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


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

 The New Globalism
 Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
 More on Bullies
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Allende Comes to Fairfield

By Carly Knowles

The original September 11 terror will be commemorated when Australians mark the 30th anniversary of the military coup in Chile by erecting a statue of murdered president Salvador Allende in Sydney’s Fairfield.

The memorial, organised by Chilean refugees, will highlight US involvement in the violent overthrow of the elected Government and honour those killed, tortured and raped over following years.

When remembering September 11, CFMEU Secretary Andrew Ferguson says, many world leaders forget the atrocity for which the United States, itself, has "dirty hands".

De-classified American security documents have shown the US government was involved in Chile's affairs for some years before the 1973 coup.

The CIA funded and implemented anti-socialist and specifically anti-Allende propaganda prior to the 1964 and 1970 elections and planted spies in the upper echelons of Allende's government from 1970 to 1973.

Documents also show the CIA monitored the careers of several leading military generals and had a relationship with coup leader, General Augusto Pinochet.

This relationship resulted in Allende's socialist movement being replaced by a right-wing dictator who carried out a program of privatisations and worker repression, opening the economy to multi-nationals.

Ferguson says the anniversary also highlights Australian trade union support for Chilean progressives, and the "cruel and barbaric" refugee policy being enforced by the Federal Government.

"In 1973 the Whitlam Labor Government took a different approach to refugees - a humanitarian approach - by taking thousands of refugees from Chile's concentration camps and torture chambers", he says.

"You see a few bronze statues around Sydney - they're normally Kings and Queens and bogus military generals. I'll be pleased to see a statue of a socialist and a leader of an important movement for social change in Latin America."

Coup leader, General Pinochet has been feted by the Hard Right for the economic policies he imposed after the coup.

He recently faced war crimes investigations in Europe before returning to Chile where he is a Senator for life.

Other activities planned to honour the people lost and "disappeared" during the Pinochet years will include a protest rally, film night and concert.


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