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Issue No. 202 10 November 2003  
E D I T O R I A L

Governing the Corporates
Suburban branch manager Joy Buckland’s bid for a position on the ANZ Board raises important questions about the way our major companies are governed.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Union for the Dispossessed
The Welfare Rights Centre's Michael Raper on 20 years of activism, the politics of punishment and how to make Australia egalitarian again.

Unions: Joel's Law
Building Workers have overcome powerful forces to push workplace safety back up the national agenda. But, Jim Marr writes, their "success" has come at an unacceptable cost.

National Focus: Spring Carnival
It must be spring: punting in Victoria, singing in South Australia, fighting in America. It’s all there in the national wrap from Noel Hester plus an Australian union movement rugby world cup class consciousness poll.

Bad Boss: Fina and Fiends
They sacked the job delegate, reinstated him after an IRC hearing, and sacked him again two weeks later. But that was just the beginning.

Industrial: The Price of War
Mass industrial action is brewing in Israel as the policies of the right-wing Sharon Government come home to roost, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Who's Got What
Frank Stilwell pours over the latest BRW Rich List to build a picture of the increasing gap between the haves and have-nots.

History: Containing Discontent
Racism against minorities has always been a stock in trade of politicans, writes Phil Griffiths

Review: An Honourable Wally
Most Australians probably look at our politicians and feel they could do a better job but when redundant meatworker Wally Norman gets the chance to find out he realises getting elected is a major hurdle, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: The Colours of Discontent
A thousand blossoms bloomed during the US President's spring-time colonial visit last month.

N E W S

 Taskforce Sleeps As Cranes Crash

 Scabies, Filth in Upmarket Annandale

 ANZ Jumps For Joy

 Race That Couldn’t Stop Nangwarry

 Mandarins in $120m Disappearing Act

 BAT Stubs Out Junta

 Millions on Entitlements Line

 Workcover in Hold-Ups Gun

 Phoenix Rises … Again

 TAFE Takes To Thong Slapping

 Casual Work Is Health Hazard

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

The Soapbox
Bush's Faith-Filled Life
The President's conversion, 'sense of divine calling' and struggle with sobriety are subjects of a forthcoming book, writes Bill Berkowitz

Sport
The Not So Smart Money
Phil Doyle is sick of big money ruining grass roots sport, and he’s taking his bat and going home.

Politics
The Westie Wing
The ongoing challenge for Labor members of parliament is to make what the Premier calls the ‘creative partnership’ between the Government and the union movement a reality, writes our favourite MP Ian West.

Postcard
Behind the Junta
Saw Min Lwin, Secretary for Trade Union Rights/ Human Rights for the Federation of Trade Unions Burma (FTUB), outlines the struggle for workers in his country.

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ANZ Jumps For Joy


In an effort to put big corporations in touch with real people the manager of the Padstow Branch of the ANZ Bank is making a tilt for the company's board.

Joy Bucklands’s campaign to win a seat on the ANZ board has received support across the NSW trade union movement, which has vowed to lobby industry super funds to back the bid.

Buckland, the honorary president of the Finance Sector Union, came to prominence when the ANZ threatened to dismiss her for speaking out against Peter Reith's second wave attack on workers in 1999. That threat was withdrawn after Joy won a landmark freedom of speech case in the Federal Court.

"She's demonstrated that she's prepared to go the distance on the tough issues," said NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson. "We'll do all we can to get as many votes up as we can."

The bid comes as ANZ continues to refuse to negotiate a collective agreement for the bank's staff. It was also recently fined for breaches of the NSW occupational health and safety laws.

Ms Buckland called upon union members, as well as their friends and families, who have shares in ANZ to support the campaign.

"I've received wonderful support from colleagues, staff and customers,' says Buckland of her campaign. "It will be really interesting to see what happens."

"I've seen how things have changed for workers. Senior executives are paid huge amounts of money. Here's [ANZ's] opportunity to see what is going on in the real world."

The Sydney Morning Herald recently revealed that ANZ executive John McFarlane received an annual remuneration of $2.9 million, while his colleague Gordon Branston received $1.6 million.

This follows staff cuts and branch closures that have seen ANZ workers placed under increasing pressure over job security and workloads.


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