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Issue No. 193 29 August 2003  

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.


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 monthís 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.


 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

 Printerís 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


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.

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.

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.

 A Nice Letter
 Tomís History Of The World
 Tony Is A Tool
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Activists Notebook

Book launch

GLEEBOOKS and PLUTO PRESS AUSTRALIA invite you to the launch of


By Lindsay Tanner MP

to be launched by BOB CARR

Premier of NSW and Minister for the Arts

WHEN: Monday 1st September, 10:30 for 11:00am

WHERE: Gleebooks: 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037

COST: Free

Please RSVP by 27th August to gleebooks - ph: 9660 2333 or email:

[email protected]

Refugee Action

It is two years this week since Howard and friends used the SAS to intercept the Tampa and prevent it from carrying out its humanitarian duty, two years since the Liberals so dramatically stepped up their fear mongering that "we" were being invaded.

The Refugee Action Coalition has organised a protest outside Town Hall to mark the second anniversary of Tampa Day. Come along and demonstrate that the campaign for refugee rights will continue until we have won.

Please bring signs and friends


Friday 29 August, from 5.30pm at Sydney Town Hall

Speakers include federal MP Tanya Plibersek, refugee speakers, others TBA



Tampa Day on the North Shore

Candlelight vigil from 5:30pm, Friday 29th August

Outside Gordon Library, Pacific Hwy Gordon

A vigil for those who can make it to Ku-ring-gai to express opposition to the Government's handling of refugee issues since the Tampa was refused entry into Australian waters in our country's darkest military operation two years ago.

Contact Susie Gemmell: 0402 654 528.

Tampa Day at Parramatta / Western Sydney

There is a commemoration rally at 4.30 on Friday at Parramatta Mall, Church

St followed by a refugee solidarity performance night from 6.30pm at the

Mars Hill Cafe, 331 Church St

If you would like to join western Sydney refugee supporters on the day, circulate flyers or help bring together artists / performers, please contact Katrina

ph (h) 9681-1349

(mob) 0414242729

(e) [email protected]


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