||Issue No. 201||31 October 2003|
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
The Miracle Of Tom
Patterns of Union Joining in New Zealand: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences.
Results of the NZ Worker Representation & Participation Survey
Professor Peter Boxall
University of Auckland Business School
Do New Zealand workers join unions for ideological or instrumental reasons?
Is there an unsatisfied demand for union representation in New Zealand?
What are the consequences for NZ unions as they strive to increase membership levels?
This seminar reports findings from the New Zealand Worker Representation and Participation Survey conducted in January and February this year by Peter Haynes, Peter Boxall and Keith Macky. One thousand New Zealand workers were surveyed about their experience of work, including their felt and desired levels of influence over a range of issues and their attitudes to union representation.
Date: Monday, 3 November 2003
Time: 12.00pm - 1.20pm
Venue: JG Seminar Room 119, 1st Floor,
John Goodsell Building, UNSW
For more information contact Marie Kwok on 9385 7156 or [email protected]
Volunteering in Palestine: an Information Evening
6-8pm, Tuesday November 4th
1st floor conference room,
Unity House 79 Stirling Street, Perth
Two Western Australians - a union Organiser and an International Solidarity Movement activist - will share their recent experiences volunteering in Palestine.
Internationals perform an important role in bringing people's attention to the tragic suffering of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
Is your organisation involved in merchandising? Do You Buy clothing to sell with your message? Do You Know if the workers making those clothes are receiving their legal wages? If you want to Be Sure that the clothing you sell is being made for fair wages, under fair conditions then this is the training for you.
Fair Wear is providing a free training day on how to get your clothing supplier accredited to the Homeworkers Code of Practice. This code was developed by the Textile/Clothing Union together with representatives of the retail and manufacturing industries. The code is a self regulatory system that monitors the production chain from retailer to outworker to ensure legal wages and conditions. Some outworkers have been paid their Award entitlements for the first time as a result of the accreditation process.
Once accredited, suppliers can display the No Sweatshop label: a sign of sweatshop free production. As organisations you have the power to demand companies you source from commit to sweatshop free conditions, and through demanding accreditation you can be directly involved in improving the conditions of outworkers in the Australian clothing industry.
Fair Wear is calling on all NGO‚s, charitable organisations and community groups to get behind the No Sweatshop Label and get their suppliers of T-shirts, windcheaters or any other garments, accredited to the Homeworkers Code of Practice.
Where: Labor Council 377-383 Sussex St Sydney. Executive Board Room, Lvl 9
When: Wednesday 5th November. 9am - 12.30
Contact: Dez Karlsson;
ph: 9380 9091
fax: 9380 8159
mob: 0403 128 013
Paying for Private Profit seminar
Evatt Breakfast Seminar - November 11
Location: Macquarie Room, Quality Hotel (formerly the Southern Cross Hotel),
Cnr Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets Sydney, opposite the Goulburn Street
Parking Station, and a short stroll from both Central and Museum railway
Time: Breakfast will be served from 7.30 am, the seminar will commence at
8.00am & finish at 9am precisely.
Cost: $14 (includes breakfast)
RSVP Evatt Foundation: [email protected]
NSW Labor Film Night - 'The Contender'
A presidential political thriller. After the Vice-President dies in office, the President decides it's time for a woman to take the job. Senator Laine Hanson gets the nod, but Republican leaks and disinformation threaten to derail her campaign.
'The Contender' (rated M) stars Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen and Gary Oldman.
Come and enjoy this Oscar nominated film & then enjoy some refreshments with other Party members.
6:00pm for 6:30pm start on Tuesday 11 November
Theatrette, State Parliament, Macquarie Street, Sydney
$20 / $15 concession (bookings essential)
Light refreshments will be served after the movie.
For more information please contact Paul Sekhon on (02) 9207 2000 or email [email protected]
*You must be a Party member to make a booking
Trading Australia Away?
Anthony Albanese MP and Grayndler ALP presents "Trading Australia Away?" - a public forum to debate the important issues of free trade and globalisation.
7.30pm to 9pm Thursday 13th November, 2003
Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road, Marrickville,2204
Guest Speakers are Senator Stephen Conroy (Shadow Minister for Trade, Corporate Governance, Financial Services and Small Business), Pat Ranald
(Convenor AFTINET) and Doug Cameron (National Secretary AMWU).
Contact Shane McArdle on 02 9564 3588 or [email protected]
Australian Fabian Society (NSW Branch) and Gleebooks present
Crowded Lives - A New Agenda for Social Sustainability
Lindsay Tanner , Federal Labor Communications Spokesperson discusses his new book, Crowded Lives, which argues that relationships need to be at the center of government policy.
Dr Ariadne Vromen, Lecturer in Government,University of Sydney
discusses the family/work/public life pressures on people and the
changing political participation of young people.
Dr David McKnight, left activist and Lecturer in journalism, UTS,
discusses the conservation of the human in progressive politics.
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
When : 6pm for 6.30pm, Monday 17th November
Concluding at 8pm
Entry Fee : $10/$5 Fabians and concession
To book phone Gleebooks on 96602333 or [email protected]
About Crowded Lives, published by Pluto Press
HEAR! Shadow Attorney General Robert McClelland MP on Howard's IR agenda
and Industrial law experts from Turner Freeman Solicitors on recent IR changes and what they mean
FREE! all welcome
Newcastle Trades Hall Council
406 King Street Newcastle West 2302
5 pm Thursday 20 November 2003
call 02 4929 1162 or email [email protected] to register or make enquires
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