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Issue No. 203 14 November 2003  

Beyond the Workplace
The NSW union movement’s intervention this week into the debate over the future of public transport is an important step in redefining what unions are all about.


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.


 Hamberger Bad for Kids

 BHP Faces UN Sanction

 Hardie Shareholders Face Death

 Road Workers Swing Left-Right Blows

 Joy Battles Goode at ANZ

 Developers To Kick Transport Can

 ACTU Names Its Price

 Death By A Thousand Cuts

 Ban Holes Water Police Deal

 Cleaners Mop Up Contracts Mess

 Workers Entitlements Dumped

 Overtime Goes Bush

 Libs Push Lawyers Picnic

 Unions Set To Stand Up To Bullies

 Jack Thompson Headlines Launch

 Activists Notebook


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

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.

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.

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.

 Burma Up In Smoke
 Super Solidarity
 Perils Of Pauline
 Put A PM On The Barbie
 Tom Holds Water
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Joy Battles Goode at ANZ

Suburban branch manager Joy Buckland will target ANZ chairman Charles Goode in her board tilt, arguing that shareholders should not return a man who holds multiple company directorships.

Buckland will this week ask ANZ shareholders to send her proxy votes ahead of the December 19 Annual General Meeting, arguing Goode’s bid is contrary to good corporate governance.

Goode is also director of Woodside Petroleum, a director of Singapore Airlines and was a director of Air New Zealand when it made its fatally disastrous bid to takeover Ansett and remained on the board as it crashed to earth.

Support for Buckland, who is also the NSW president of the Finance Sector Union, is growing amongst trade unions who have representatives on key industry super boards.

Meanwhile, the Australian Shareholders Association has flagged it will also oppose the Goode bid on the grounds he holds multiple chairmanships, while yet to indicate whether they will recommend a vote for Joy.

In contrast to Goode, Buckland has vowed that her commitment to ANZ shareholders, staff and customers will be her sole focus.

"After 27 years working for the ANZ, I know that this bank needs the undivided attention of its corporate leaders," Buckland says.

"I won't be juggling my time between this Board and other boards, I'll simply be committing to the one organisation that I know as well as my own family - the ANZ."

In her statement of candidacy, to be distributed to all ANZ shareholders, Buckland makes out the case for worker representation on the Board.

"It is not enough to talk about stakeholder needs through carefully messaged publications," she writes. " It is necessary to work with and experience first hand the issues confronting ANZ stakeholders on a daily basis. It is this experience that will be of benefit on the ANZ Board.

"Many of the communities which the ANZ is established to serve have in my view been let down by branch closures, service cut-backs and fee increases instituted in recent years.

"Both customers and staff of the bank are affected by these measures in their financial wellbeing and in the trust and confidence they place in the bank. The long term health of the business, and your investment in ANZ, depend on these measures being reversed."


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