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Issue No. 193 29 August 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Smells Like Community Spirit
Over the past view weeks Labor Council has been undertaking some focus groups to gauge community perceptions to unions. The result is a massive wake up call for those of us who want a union culture to survive into the 21st century.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: The New Deal
US union leader Amy Dean expands on her agenda to give unions a real political voice

Unions: In the Line of Hire
Unions have lobbied and negotiated in a bid to stem casualisation and insecurity. Now, Jim Marr, writes they are seeking protection through a formal Test Case.

Culture: Too Cool for the Collective?
Young people are amongst the most vulnerable in the workforce. So why aren't they joining the union, asks Carly Knowles

International: The Domino Effect
An internal struggle in the biggest and strongest industrial union in Germany IG Metall has had a devastating wave effect across not just that country, but also the rest of Europe, writes Andrew Casey.

Industrial: A Spanner in the Works
Max Ogden looks at the vexed issue of Works Councils and the differing views within the union movement to them.

National Focus: Gathering of the Tribes
Achieving a fairer society and a better working life for employees from across Australia will be key themes at the ACTU's triennial Congress meeting later this month reports Noel Hester.

History: The Welcome Nazi Tourist
Rowan Cahill looks at the role Australia's conservatives played in supporting facism in the days before World War II.

Bad Boss: Domm, Domm Turn Around
Frank Sartor might have shot through but Robert Domm still calls the IR shots at Sydney City which pretty much explains why the council is this month’s Bad Boss nominee.

Poetry: Just Move On.
Visiting bard Maurie Fairfield brightens up our page with a ditty about little white lies.

Review: Reality Bites
The workers, united, may never be defeated but if recent episodes of Channel 10 drama The Secret Life Of Us are to be believed, this is not necessarily a good thing, writes Tara de Boehmler.

N E W S

 Iranians Expelled Over Teen Affair

 IR Promises Crash on Motorway

 Telstra Pigs Out on Indian

 Teachers Fight Casual Attitude

 Superstars in EBA Showdown

 Sink One with Billy

 Abbott Asked to Consider Honesty

 Printer’s Win Drink Stink

 WorkCover To Take Robbery Seriously

 Power Blackouts Expose Jobs Shortage

 Qantas Woes Set To Soar

 Sports Workers Walk

 Bigger Money Player Equals Job Cuts

 Indonesian Human Rights Appeal

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Fighting Words
Craig Emerson gave what could be the most spirited Labor spray in a decade to the NSW Labor Council this month. Here it is in all its venom.

Education
Out of Their Class
Phil Bradley argues that Australia's education system should not be up for negotiation in the global trade talks.

The Locker Room
The ABC of Sport
Phil Doyle argues that the only way to end the corporate madness that is sport, is to give it all back to the ABC.

Postcard
Locks, Stocks and Barrels
Union Aid Abroad's Peter Jennings updates on the situation in Burma, where the repression of democracy is going from bad to worse.

L E T T E R S
 A Nice Letter
 Tom’s History Of The World
 Tony Is A Tool
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Sink One with Billy


Billy Bragg, the man who lent his voice to the MUA during the War on the Waterfront, is in Australia next month and Workers Online readers will have the chance to pitch a song proposal to him over a beer.

We’re asking our readers to come up with concepts for a new workers’ anthem, with the winner given the opportunity to discuss their ideas with Bragg before one of his Sydney gigs.
 
 

Billy Bragg

Bragg's national tour, with backing band 'The Blokes' kicks off at Sydney's Metro Theatre on September 12, 13 and 14; before travelling to Byron Bat (Sept 16), Brisbande (Sept 18), Melbourne (Sept 20), Adelaide (Sept 23) and Perth (Sept 24).

While Bragg is a regular visitor to these shores, this will be his first tour since the War in Iraq and it will be interesting to hear his take on the Blair Government's contribution to global security.

Earlier this year, he recorded 'The Price of Oil' - recorded straight to the web where more than 50,000 people down loaded.

New Sounds on the Air

The Bragg concert coincides with the launch of radio station Fbi - a communtiy-based radio station that aims to the fill the void in music and culture in Sydney.

Modelled on Melbourne's successful 3RRR, FBi has received financial support from the NSW Labor Council and will run L:aborNet's 'Wobbly Radio' website.

NSW Labor Council's Michael Gadiel, who is on the Fbi board, says the station offers a new outlet for unions, particularly those with younger membership.

"Radio stations like FBi help shape a town's culture and I'm hoping there will be room for workers' voices in Sydney newesrt station," Gadiel says.


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