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Issue No. 209 20 February 2004  

Regions To Be Cheerful
Rule changes endorsed by this weekís NSW Labor Council Annual General Meeting reorganising the South Coast Labor Council into as a regional branch council should not be under-estimated.


Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlovís Dogs.

Unions: While We Were Away
While Workers Online was washing sand from between its toes and enjoying an Indian summer at the cricket, there was a reality show chugging relentlessly away in the background, Jim Marr reports.

Politics: Follow the Leader
Workerís Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALPís Darling Harbour love-in and nearly drowns in treacle.

Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
The CFMEU has come up with a killer nomination to kick off our 2004 hunt for Australiaís worst employer.

Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
British academic, Kevin Doogan, sets the record straight on casualisation and warns unionists about the dangers of scoring an own goal

History: Worker Control Harco Style
Drew Cottle and Angela Keys ask if it's worth rememberinng the 1971 Harco work-in.

Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
The 1998 maritime dispute threatened to tear many a family apart but Katherine Thomson's Harbour tells the tale of at least one that it brought back together - albeit reluctantly, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Trains Go Backwards

 Mum Canít Bank on Westpac

 Andrews Up for Hanke Panky

 Riot Raises Safety Probe

 ABC of Solidarity

 "Shameful" Action Pays Dividends

 Bum Rap for Bump Caps

 Strikers Tie Down Gas Project

 Heat Rises at Uni

 TeleTech's Dead Heart

 Tired Drivers Fight Hypocrisy

 Seven Days on a Leaking Boat

 Families Back Safety Calls

 Howard Pushes Pay Cut

 Activist's Notebook


The Soapbox
Dog Whistlers, Spin Doctor and Us
John Menadue argues the "better angels" of the Australian character are having their wings ripped off by an ever-expanding group dedicating to keeping the public at arms length from our decision-makers.

Something Fishy In Laos
Phillip Hazelton fishes around in Vientiane, Laos, and looks at the impact of Bird Flu on those relying on feathered friends for survival.

Magic Realism
Phil Doyle discovers that literature and sport may have more in common than you would think

The Westie Wing
Trickle, flood or drought? Workers friend Ian West, MLC, is wet, wet, wet on the issue of bilateral Free Trade.

 On the Road
 A Casual Affair
 Latham Is A Bad Man
 Congrats Johnny
 Tomís Bit
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Activist's Notebook

hoWARd the arseLIcKEr - performed playreading




Parnassus' Den will present a rehearsed reading presentation of D.B.Valentine's controversial and timely new political satire hoWARd the arseLIcKEr at the Old Fitzroy Hotel.

Inspired by, current Opposition Leader, Mark Latham's unabashed description of John Howard and the terrifyingly Orwellian language exploited by both Government and the corporate sector, hoWARd the arseLIcKEr - "a sharp edged vaudeville-esque agit-prop tragi-comic political satire that goes straight for the jugular" - has enjoyed two successful reading presentations with Melbourne's much respected La Mama theatre and Playbox Theatre Company, where it was selected from over 200 scripts for their Theatre in the Raw playreading season in 2003.

With Government funding proving impossible it is hoped the reading with ignite enough interest from potential backers for a full season in 2004.

For more information please contact

Publicist Jeanny Surya - 0401911022

Email - [email protected]

Women's Freedom in Iraq

5pm - 7pm Wednesday 25 February

Jubilee Room

NSW Parliament

Please circulate widely

NSW Greens MP Sylvia Hale is holding a reception for Layla Mohammed who will speak about her recent work in Baghdad, setting up a women's shelter and organising aid for women in camps. She will also speak about the problems of the occupation and the danger to women's rights posed by the adoption of Shari'a family law by the US backed Coalition Provisional Authority.

Refreshments will be served.

Donations to Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq (suggested donation $10/$5 concession)

RSVPs (preferably by Tuesday 24 February) to Office of Sylvia Hale Greens MLC, NSW Parliament 9230 3030

For more information about women's freedom in Iraq, contact Nicola Joseph 0401 769 167 or Janet Burstall - 0428 957 704

The Workers Want Drugs!

A Trivia Night for Mardi Gras Festival raising funds for HIV treatments for workers inSouth Africa.

Join us for a night of humour, drag, music, education, competition, glamour and solidarity.

Thursday February 26, 7pm

Teachers Club, Mary Street Surry Hills (near corner of Reservoir Street)

Tickets at the door:

$15 Individual $12 Mardi Gras Members $10 Concession

Need more info? Email [email protected] or

Phone Ken or Sally on 9264 9343

Australia Western Sahara Association


To call on UN to organise the promised referendum for self-determination in Western Sahara.

WHERE: UN Information Centre, 46-48 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

WHEN: Friday 27th. February, at: 12.30-13.30

On 27 February 1976 the Saharawi Republic was proclaimed, while their war of national liberation was taking place. By celebrating this day we are supporting the Saharawi struggle for self-determination and an end to Moroccan occupation of their country, Western Sahara.

13 years have passed since the UN should have organised a referendum in Western Sahara to give its people a chance to decide their own future and exercise their inalienable right to self-determination.

The Saharawis have waited too long and have been very patient and helpful to the UN efforts to organise the promised referendum while the Moroccans have got away with obstructions and delaying tactics.

We want to express to the UN and the Australian government that 29 years of exile and suffering are enough. Its high time the UN assumed its responsibility and implemented its own resolutions and the Peace Plan for Western Sahara.

More delays mean more suffering for the Saharawi people.


For more information please contact:

Lesley Osborne, AWSA Secretary: 02. 9810 5372

Gareth Johnston: Mobile: 0433108391

Check out more about the Western Sahara: or and

A d e l a i d e I n t e r n a t i o n a l W o r k p l a c e C o n f l i c t C o n f e r e n c e - 2 1 - 2 3 A p r i l 2 0 0 4

Adelaide International

Workplace Conflict Conference

21-23 April 2004

Holiday Inn on Hindley (formerly the Novotel Adelaide), Hindley Street.

The workplace mirrors the world - dealing with conflict at work

Conflict is a characteristic feature of most workplaces and has many manifestations. Its impacts can be positive or negative. The conference will look at the sources of workplace conflict and its management. It will be of interest to human resource practitioners, advocates, legal practitioners, health professionals, conflict resolution professionals, educators, OHS&W practitioners and representatives, workplace change consultants, unions, employers, government agencies, academics and policy makers.

Keynote Speakers

Dale Bagshaw, University of South Australia, Australia.

Richard Bonneau, Los Angeles Police Department, US.

Pat Ferris, Organisational Consultant, Canada.

Eric Lee, LabourStart, UK.

Patricia Mannix McNamara, University of Limerick, Ireland

Mark Thomson, Author, Australia.

Dieter Zapf, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany.

Conference Themes

Privacy & Confidentiality - "Email is Forever"

Workplace Cultures & Managerial Fundamentalism

Workplace Grievance & Dispute Procedures

Training for Managing Conflict

Conference Registration Information:

Registration fee: $545

More information, including registration forms, can be found at the conference web site:

www.e v e n t s t r a t e g i e s . c om. a u / c o n f _ c a le n d a r .htm

F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , p l e a s e c o n t a c t t h e C o n f e r e n c e S e c r e t a r i a t :

E v e n t S t r a t e g i e s P t y , P O B o x 4 8 6 , U N L E Y , S O U T H A U S T R A L I A 5 0 6 1

T e l : 6 1 8 8 3 7 3 4 5 8 0 E m a i l : c o n f l i c t c o n f @ e v e n t s t r a t e g i e s . c om. a u


An exhibition of banners, badges and posters produced by trade unions, and

original artworks by Jeff Rigby highlighting the strong historical role

unions have played in the creation and conservation of our built

environment, whilst May Day materials emphasize the workers' achievements

in gaining and maintaining the rights and conditions of those who built it.

From: 1st May to 16th May 2003 at Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm

$2.00 donation to the community gallery on entry


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