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Issue No. 210 27 February 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Rock Of Ages
The Howard Government’s response to Australia’s aging population - to make them work longer and harder – is a small minded response to a mind-blowing problem, a perversion of the discipline of demography.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Trading in Principle
AMWU national secretary, Doug Cameron, a key figure in the Labor movement, discusses the big issues - from Mark Latham to Pavlov’s 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
Worker’s Online tool man, Phil Doyle, dives into the ALP’s 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 Australia’s 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.

N E W S

 Siren Sounds on Asbestos "Scam"

 Youngsters Taken For A Ride

 Costello Necks Young and Old

 CFMEU Backs Redfern Jobs

 Della to Save Christmas?

 Time for Global Zone Out

 Equant's Pyramid Jobs Scheme

 Unions at Unis

 A Bridge Too Far

 Men Score Mat Leave

 Strikes Rock TAFE, Unis

 Health Maters To The Barricades

 Prison Officers Strike Back

 Activists Notebook

C O L U M N S

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.

Postcard
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.

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

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

L E T T E R S
 We Make Mistakes
 Taking The Piss
 Dear Mark
 Tom Goes Off I
 Tom Goes Off II
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RALLY TO CELEBRATE THE SAHARAWI NATIONAL DAY

Australia Western Sahara Association

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

Senator Kerry Nettle will addrress the rally.

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. It is 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.

ORGANISE THE REFERENDUM NOW, FREE WESTERN SAHARA

For more information please contact:

Lesley Osborne, AWSA Secretary: 02. 9810 5372

Gareth Johnston: Mobile: 0433108391

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.eventstrategies.com.au

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

WHEN WORKERS UNITE - FOUNDATIONS OF TOMORROW

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 emphasise 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


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