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Issue No. 213 19 March 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

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While the ABS latest figures show union density is stable, behind the headline rate of 23 per cent lie some interesting trends.

F E A T U R E S

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 monthís 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 Sydneyís built environment, writes Neale Towart

Economics: Aid, Trade And Oil
Tim Anderson reveals Australiaís 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.

N E W S

 "Grubs" Derail Revolution

 Blackouts Hit Sydney

 Pig-Out at Restaurant

 Smithís Charity Begins At Work

 Air Rage Set To Soar

 Boxers Union Lands First Blow

 Drug Tests On Hold

 "Anarchy" Warning from Builders

 Burmese Generals at it Again

 Sugar: Sweet Taste of Survival

 Workers Endorse "User Pays"

 State Water, Forests Face Sell-Off

 Pirates and Ports for Classroom

 Activists What's On!

C O L U M N S

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.

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

Politics
Westie Wing
Ian West shows why Eveleigh Streetís not so far away from Macquarie Street

Postcard
Donít 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 Zimbabweís second city

L E T T E R S
 Grubby Poseur
 Militancy
 Tom On Drink
 Howard Screws Vets
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News

Boxers Union Lands First Blow


Itís seconds out for the first official unionised boxing event, with The Joint Association of Boxers (JAB) stepping into the ring to defend American pugilists when they come up against heavyweight promoters like Don King.

Swedish giant Attila Levin will take on Jeremy Williams in a heavyweight bout on April 15 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom in the first all-union event in the sportís history. Sixth ranked, Jameel "Big Time" McCline will appear in the co-feature.

Boxing is the last major professional sport without a union. Boxers and retired boxers have no health care, pension, or other benefits.

The JAB, founded by former World Light Heavyweight Champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, has set out to protect the rights of boxers and ensure the highest possible safety standards at all matches.

"The JAB is drawing the attention of boxers worldwide," says Muhammad.

The fledgling union aims to create health and pension benefit plans for boxers; a minimum salary scale; Ensure fair distribution of fight proceeds between boxers and promoters and to assist boxers in their transition from boxing to other jobs upon retirement.

Apart from Levin and Williams, notable early recruits include WBA Featherweight champion of the world, Derek "Smoke" Gainer.

"The idea of a boxers union is a long time coming. Boxers have been exploited for too long and the industry needs a strong unifying force. JAB is the answer." Says Gainer


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