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Issue No. 213 19 March 2004  

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


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.


 "Grubs" Derail Revolution

 Blackouts Hit Sydney

 Pig-Out at Restaurant

 Smith’s 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!


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

 Grubby Poseur
 Tom On Drink
 Howard Screws Vets
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Activists What's On!

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.

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

Keynote address by Peter Garrett 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!

Palm Sunday 2004 - march and rally

4 April, 2004

Assemble Belmore Park, 1pm for march to Hyde Park North

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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