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Issue No. 206 05 December 2003  

A New Mark for Labor
Few of us who care about the future of the labour movement would not admit to a surge of hope and sense of excitement following the election of Mark Latham to the federal parliamentary leadership.


Interview: Muscling Up
Labor�s Craig Emerson discusses how the changes to his party�s leadership will impact on the industrial relations agenda.

Unions: Thinking Pink
What�s the difference between a Nursing Home and an Aged Care Facility? More than semantics, according to nurses worried Australia is woefully unprepared for the crash at the end of the baby-boom cycle, writes Jim Marr.

Bad Boss: Global Bully
If nothing else, US-based call centre giant TeleTech is consistent. After being nosed out of last year�s Bad Boss gong it is back, bigger and badder than ever in its search for Tony honours.

Unions: National Focus
In this national round up by Noel Hester, Hugh McKay tells us how the young are sticking together in a bewildered society, the gongs get handed out at the ACTU awards and there is a chance to win as a worthy wordsmith.

Economics: Friend or Flunkey?
On New Years Day as you look at the wine stains and tread on a soggy puddle on the carpet, will you look for the phone and call a cleaner? Gabrielle Meagher gives a few ethical dilemmas to confront before you make that call.

History: Young Blood
Youth is no barrier to political leadership, as the 37-year-old John Watson proved 100 years ago, writes Neale Towart.

Industrial: Living For Work?
Mark Hearn reports from a recent conference addressing the dilemma of work, citizenship and community.

International: Fighting Together
The international trade union movement is launching a Global Unions HIV/AIDS campaign to combat the spread of the virus.

Poetry: Medicare Plus Blues
Is the Government's new health plan a plus for Medicare? Asks resident bard David Peetz

Review: Human Racing
Seabiscuit is a great horse movie but more than that it serves as a powerful metaphor for the importance of living for the future while maintaining passion and compassion in the present, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Peeking Dicks in Pickle

 Lights Out on Cheap Labour

 Blackout Hangs Over Sydney

 Contractors Hang Up on Telstra

 Uni Workers Too Smart For Minister

 Employer Bullies Vie For �Tony�

 South Coast Deal to Build Movement

 TeleTech Safety Rep Vows to Fight On

 Corporates Urged to Come Clean

 MP Too Busy For Teachers

 Bosses Block Good Shops Code

 Engineers Ground Safety System

 Workers Win At Safety Meet

 Merger Threats

 Activists Notebook


The Soapbox
Dear John
In his 500th piece of activist journalism, long-term Workers Online contributor Rowan Cahill sends a personal message to our prime Minister.

The Locker Room
Retired Hurt
Every innings comes to an end, some too soon, and others not soon enough, writes Phil Doyle.

Wedge Watch
Labor's Craig Emerson puts the spotlight on the Howard Government's politics of division.

The Westie Wing
Workers Friend Ian West MLC is back with his monthly round-up from Macquarie Street.

 Feds Ignore Building Deaths
 Bob Gould On Kicking The Liberals Out
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Activists Notebook

Australian Writers' Muster

5-7 December.

Check out the latest additions to our illustrious list of speakers and panellists:

SUE WOOLFE author of the enthusiastically reviewed "The Secret Cure" (and previously "Leaning Towards Infinity") is joining PETER GOLDSWORTHY on the

Arts & Science = Great Leaps of the Imagination panel.

TONY McNAMARA playwright ("The Virgin Mim", "The Unlikely Prospect of

Happiness" which is in the 2004 STC Season) and screenwriter ("The Rage in

Placid Lake") is taking the Playwrights' Master class and is a panellist on the Global/Local discussion.

TIM PYE Deputy Commissioning Editor ABC TV Drama 1999-2001, Executive

Producer "Changi" and whose credits include "White Collar Blue", "Water Rats", "Wildside", "Seachange" to name a few and winner of a handful of AFI,

AWGIE and LOGIE awards joins the Pushing the Envelope panel.

Actor AARON PEDERSEN (Water Rats, Wildside, Floodhouse) who has played an active role in pushing writers and producers to create story-lines that more accurately reflect our times (especially issues of urban aborigines) also joins the Pushing the Envelope panel.


Due to the length of the film 'MASTER AND COMMANDER - The Far Side of the

World' this session will now start at 6.30pm which means the previous session 'Billy Sind - a Week on West Wing' will now start 30 minutes earlier at 4.30pm Saturday, 6 December.


To register go to to download a brochure or call us at the national office on (02) 9281 1554.


With Special Guest Senator Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Democrats'

Spokesperson on the Republic

Date: Friday 12 December 2003

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Venue: The Glover Cottages

Address: 124 Kent Street Sydney

Tickets: $15 / $10 concession (finger food provided; drinks to be purchased on day)

RSVP: Friday 5 December 2003

Further details and booking form at Christmas drinks


13th-20th December 2003

Make Trade Fair this Christmas

It's that time of year when we're all meeting friends over a coffee, or stocking up the cupboards for Christmas. So while you're having fun, make the effort this week to choose great tasting Fair Trade goods.

To celebrate the growth of Fair Trade coffee roasters in Sydney, and the new Australian Fair Trade accreditation logo, we're hosting Fair Trade Coffee Week from 13th-20th December.


* Choose Fair Trade cups of coffee & tea in your local cafe

* Buy Fair Trade chocolate for presents

* Stock up on Fair Trade coffee beans for the Christmas season

* Encourage your university, workplace, or coffee shop to serve fair trade coffee

* See if your local deli or supermarket stocks fair trade tea, coffee and chocolate - and tell us if they do.


This time last year, there were very few Fair Trade suppliers. Thanks to your efforts and the Make Trade Fair campaign, there are now a number of great coffee roasters in Sydney supporting Fair Trade. Look out for:

* Tobys Estate - look for their and their distinctive black label at cafes throughout Sydney and the Toby's Estate Roastery and Espresso Bar at 129 Cathedral St (cnr Palmer St), Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

* Single Origin Coffee at 60-64 Resevoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, tel: 02 9211 0665 or email: Single Origin Coffee

* Tradewinds - Tradewinds is an alternative trading organisation that has been importing fairly traded tea and coffee for over twenty years. They supply great teas and coffees - look in your local delis, the Oxfam CAA shops or purchase online at Tradewinds

* Oxfam Community Aid Abroad Shops

Check out our 2 shops, one in the city and the new shop in Miranda

- Sydney at Shop C20, Centrepoint, 100 Market Street, Sydney 2000, Phone:

02 9231 4016

- Miranda at Shop 2036C, (Outside the Kingsway Entrance), Westfield Miranda,

600 The Kingsway, Miranda NSW 2228, Phone: 02 9524 8053

* And if you supply coffee, get involved with the Fair trade push by the

AustralAsian Speciality Coffee Association. (AASCA)

It's never been easier to make a difference. Have a very Merry Christmas and choose Fair Trade for the New Year.


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