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Issue No. 211 05 March 2004  

Be Afraid
Elections are to be held both here and with our controlling shareholder this year and already we are getting the feel for how the incumbents will attempt to cling onto power: fear spiced with loathing.


Interview: Baby Bust
Labor's Wayne Swan argues that the plight of our aging workforce is only one side of our demographic dilemma.

Safety: Dust To Dust
Failure by authorities to police safety in the asbestos removal industry is threatening the lives of members of the public, writes Phil Doyle.

Bad Boss: Shaming in Print
Delegates from print shops around Sydney will publicly shame this month’s Bad Boss nominee with a rally outside his new Alexandria operation next Thursday.

National Focus: Work's Cripplin' Us
Noel Hester reports on a spin doctors' talkfest, workplace pain, stroppy teachers and IWD party time in the national wrap.

International: Bulk Bullies
An extraordinary five month struggle over affordable health care, by nearly 70,000 Californian supermarket workers, has just come to an end, writes Andrew Casey.

History: The Battle for Kelly's Bush
Green Bans saved a piece of bush before they saved much of the Sydney’s built environment, writes Neale Towart

Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Tim Anderson reveals Australia’s second betrayal Of East Timor is playing out before our eyes.

Review: The Art Of Work
Workers and westies are being celebrated as the cultural icons they are thanks to two Sydney exhibitions reminding us there is a world of art in the everyday, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Sew His Lips Together
Wondering where the next porkie is going to come from? Resident bard David Peetz knows.


 Taskforce "Disgraced" in Court

 Students Take $10,000 Trim

 Truckers Lose Way With GPS

 Jockeys Down by Width of Strait

 Treasury Loses Sight of Trees

 Athens Built on Sweat

 Signing Away Safety

 Fallen Formworker Critical

 Stop or You’ll Stay Blind

 Bracks Spin Machine Towels Nurses

 Trade Deal Fuzzy on Content

 Good Will Still Hunting on Rail

 Developer "Monsters" Safety Cop

 Day Off for May Day

 Activists What's On!


The Soapbox
Iraq and Your Mortgage
How high interest rates go will be a key issue in 2004 and if you are looking for a clue, there's no better place to look than the war in Iraq, writes Michael Rafferty.

Hang Onto the Day Job
Show someone else the money, says Phil Doyle.

Westie Wing
Ian West shows why Eveleigh Street’s not so far away from Macquarie Street

Don’t Give Up the Fight
Get Up, Stand Up is the logo of choice on a popular range of subversive condoms. Ken Davis from Union Aid Abroad reports from Zimbabwe’s second city

 Bring Back Bulk Billing
 Crucifying Refugees
 Saving The Planet
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Activists What's On!

International Women's Day Event - Free BBQ & Entertainment

ACTU Supports Family-Friendly Workplaces

The ACTU is holding a free BBQ for women and their families to celebrate International Women's Day 2004 and help promote more family-friendly workplaces.

Balancing work and family is an important issue for many Australian families. The Prime Minister knows this - he even called it the nation's 'BBQ stopper' - but he has done nothing about it for more than two years.

On International Women's Day (Mon. 8 March), the ACTU reminds all governments and employers of their responsibility to do more to help women and families.

The ACTU supports a universal paid maternity leave scheme and the right of parents to request part time work.

kid's entertainment by the 'Jellybugs'

Sharan Burrow - ACTU President

State Library Lawns

cnr Swanston & La Trobe St


This Working Life

A free exhibition at the State Library of NSW, 1 March - 20 June 2004. Through photographs of employees at work and play and revealing company records, This Working Life is an engaging look at our working past, from 1824 to the 1950s. Drawn from the State Library's little known business archives and associated pictorial material, the exhibition features the Australian Agricultural Co, Colonial Sugar Refining Co (CSR), Anthony Hordern & Sons, Wunderlich, Berlei, Colgate-Palmolive and Chubb - many of which still exist today.

The exhibition is a social history of work, from convict labour, early migrant workers and burgeoning unionism, through the rise of large local companies and women in the workplace, to modern manufacturing techniques and advances in technology. The display focuses on the workers themselves: the people behind the big companies.

I can provide you with any further info you may need. You can view the website to get an idea.

Popular Education, Activism and Organising: with unions, social movements and community development groups


How do activists organise at the beginning of the 21st century? In different fields such as environmental and social justice campaigns, among union activists and community advocates, efforts are being made to recruit, organise and educate members and activists.

What lessons of campaigning and organising can be learned from hearing and discussing the experiences of activists working in these different settings?

What is working? What questions still need to be asked?

Case Studies

Environmental action and activist development - Danny Kennedy, Campaign

Director, Greenpeace Australia and Pacific

Renewing union campaigning - the story of the Hilton Hotel and Westfield

campaigns - Louise Tarrant, Assistant National Secretary, Liquor,

Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU)

Keynote - Kristyn Thompson - NSW Branch Secretary, Australian Services Union (ASU)

James Whelan - the environmental advocacy project, Griffith University

The forum will actively engage participants in discussing and analysing different experiences.

Date: Friday, 12 March 2004

Time: 9am - 2pm Location: Centre for Popular Education University of Technology, Sydney, Jones St, Broadway (Old Fairfax Building)

FEES - $30 for one forum; $50 for two forums; $70 for three forums

For further details contact Lee Malone (02) 9514 3861, Daniel Ng (02) 9514 3843 or Tony Brown (02) 9514 3866

email: [email protected]

The $500 billion dollar question. The impact of debt on the poor in the Asia Region and beyond.

Key note address by Peter Garret addressing the impacts of debt on the environment.

Other speakers include:

Prof Ross Buckley, Fisher Centre Bond University

Prof. Leonor Briones, Former Head of the Philippines Treasury

David Nellor, Senior Resident, IMF, Indonesia (tbc)

Prof. Jomo K.S., University of Malaya

For the flyer please go to

Cost : Government/business/academia: $77.00 NGO/individual: $44.00 Concession: $22.00

When: Wednesday 24 March 2004. 9.00 am - 3.30 pm.

Where: Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Level 60, Governor Philip Tower, Young St, Sydney

RSVP: 15th March to [email protected]

Supported by


Fischer Centre for Global Trade & Finance

Jubilee Australia


Struggles, Scabs & Schooners II - a labour history tour with a pint


20th March 2004

Starts at the Star Hotel (cnr. Sussex & George Streets, Sydney)

Stopping in at four pubs, with speakers including Jack Mundey, Harry Black and Tom McDonald.

(By popular demand: dinner will be at about 6:30pm, and will be the last pub we stop at)

Cost: approx $30 (we will confirm shortly) - includes bus, dinner and water. Drunkenness is extra, singing is free...

RSVP: ASAP to Chris ([email protected]) or Michael ([email protected])

Places are very limited (mostly 'cause its a bus!)

Cheques can be made out to Chris Gambian c/- FSU PO Box A2442 Sydney South 1235

See you there!

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:

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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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