||Issue No. 198||03 October 2003|
The Monk Off Our Back
Interview: No Ifs, No Butts
Unions: National Focus
Industrial: Fools Gold
Bad Boss: Bones of Contention
History: The Gong Show
Politics: The Hawke Legacy
International: Sick Nation
Economics: Closed Minds
Review: Mixing Pop and Politics
Poetry: One Size Fits All
The Locker Room
Free to be Australian meeting - 6 October 2003
It is crunchtime for the Free to be Australian campaign. The disturbing word on the street is that the government is going to cave in on previous commitments and consider a proposal on standstill. So we need to make a bit of noise before they do, rumoured to be either 7 or 13 October.
We will be holding a rally at the Studio at Sydney Opera House on Monday 6 October at 11am - make room on your dance cards this one's important! This is the Monday of a long weekend in Sydney. Confirmed speakers so far include Geoff Morell, Simon Burke, Margo Kingston and Quentin Dempster.
Please come along and bring everyone you can think of, it is a serious issue - but we can promise that the rally will be a bit of fun as well.
Workers' Control Conference
University of Technology, Sydney
Register for the "Workers' Control Conference", which will be held from the 10th to 12th October, 2003.
The conference will be a dynamic weekend of talks, discussion and workshops on past experiences of workers control and the current strategies of militant unionism.
Keynote speakers confirmed to date include:
* Michael Crosby (Co-director, ACTU Organising Centre)
* Joan Doyle (newly elected Secretary, Victorian Postal Union)
* Martin Kingham (Victorian State Secretary, Construction Division of the CFMEU)
Humphrey McQueen (Author, historian)
* Paul True (Special Projects Officer, CFMEU. Speaking on the NSW Builders' Labourers Federation and the Green Bans. Author of "Tales of the BLF - Rolling the Right!")
* Hall Greenland (Author of 'Red Hot: The Life and Times of Nick Origlass').
Topics to be covered by plenaries and workshops include:
* Reforming the Union Movement Today
* The Organising Model: Successes and Limitations
* The NSW Builders Labourers Federation and the Green Bans
* The Ability of Militants within Unions to Achieve Change.
* The Possibilities and Limitations of Direct Action Today
* The Harco Work-in
* The Experience of the Melbourne Tram Workers
* Unorthodox Leninism: Gramsci and Workers' Control
* The Student-Worker Uprising in France in May 1968.
* The Workers' Revolt Against Stalinism in Hungary in 1956
* The Australian Experience of Workers' Self-Management
* The Social Responsibility of Trade Unions: the 1938 Port Kembla Pig-iron dispute and the NSW Builders Labourers Federation Green Bans.
* The Opera House Work-In
* Revolutionary Reforms and Andre Gorz.
* Creating a Workplace Newsletter
* Workers' Self-Management and the Upsurge of the 1960s and 70s
* Workers' Control in Australia in the 1960s and 70s: successes and failures
* The idea of self-management in Marxist revolutionary theory.
* Workers' Self-Management and the Allende Government in Chile 1970-3
AGENDA AND MORE INFO
To view a complete agenda for the conference visit the conference website:
Education Activism & Organising Friday 10 October
between 9am and 11am in the old Fairfax Building at 235 Jones St Broadway. The meeting will be in Room 5.455 on the 5th floor.
The Centre for Popular Education's proposed 2004 - 2005 program Education, Activism and Organising. We have invited a select number of people from unions and academic centres to participate in the meeting to discuss the project and its strands.
The meeting will be held on Friday 10 October between 9am and 11am in the old Fairfax Building at 235 Jones St Broadway. The meeting will be in Room 5.455 on the 5th floor. If you arrive early there is a good café on the 7th floor.
I hope you will be able to attend, or if not to encourage one of your colleagues to attend in your place. Your input would be an important contribution to shaping the project over the next two years.
It will help with our planning if you could let me know if you will be able to come. My email address is [email protected] and my phone number is 02 9514 3866.
Centre for Popular Education, UTS
02 9514 3866
WE'RE BEING BUSHWACKED: Give George the Welcome he Deserves - Sun Oct 19, national day of ridicule.
Muster at Prince Alfred Park (walk south from Central down Chalmers St)
Sunday 19th October, 2-4pm
Comics, music, world's first protest "line dance. Creative Ridicule competition - rewards for best placard and best display. Costume competition, come as the best red-necked Texan!
Organised by the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition, more info call Hannah 0418 668 098, [email protected]
ME NAM : Rivers photo exhibition
2003 international Year of Fresh Water
ME NAM : Rivers is an exciting photography exhibition to celebrate waterways and communities activism to protect them, in Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region.
Through the immediacy and realism of some of Australasia's most renowned artists and the fresh photography of environmental and human rights activists, ME NAM : Rivers provides an intimate glimpse of life evolving around rivers, while leading the viewer into a journey that explores political and corporate efforts to commodify and control our water resources.
ME NAM : Rivers, to be held at NSW Parliament House in October, will be opened by former lead singer of Midnight Oil and renowned environmental activist Peter Garrett.
Artists include: Paul Blackmore, Gordon Undy, Peter Solness, Ruby Davies, Vince Lovecchio, Maylei Hunt Guerra, Japan's Yoshiaki Murayama and Taiwan's Hong Tien-Jun.
Inspirational and at times confronting, ME NAM : Rivers will leave you with a desire for action, environmental righteousness, and understanding of the politics and controversy behind the world's fresh water crisis.
PUBLIC LAUNCH: host speaker Peter Garrett, President of the Australian Conservation Foundation
WHERE: NSW Parliament House, Jubilee Room, Macquarie St, Sydney
WHEN: Tuesday, October 14 - 2003
TIME: 7.00 pm
Exhibition will run October 7 - 17, 2003. Weekdays 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF WORKERS RIGHTS
Bankstown City Radio is seeking to establish a weekly program to be produced and presented by NSW workers and unionists that addresses issues and concerns surrounding workers rights.
Such a program would provide an opportunity to examine work and industrial issues from the perspective of those who know this area best - working people and our unions.
It will allow workers to have a say about current disputes, government proposals and industry attacks and most importantly educate the wider community about workers rights.
We are looking for volunteer producers and presenters with a solid background in workers rights who could spearhead this exciting new broadcasting project.
For more information contact
Mary Ellen Hall, Station Manager, on 9771 2846 during office hours
or email: [email protected]
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