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Issue No. 216 16 April 2004  
E D I T O R I A L

Joining the Dots
At first blush there appears little connection between the Howard Governmentís handling of the War on the union movement and the War on Iraq Ė until you realise the key players come from the same team.

F E A T U R E S

Interview: Terror Australis
The Howard Government has just discovered the nation's ports are a terrorist target. The International Transport Federation's Dean Summers has been warning them for years.

Unions: Graeme Beard's Second Dig
Hidden in the Australian Workers Union Sydney office is a mild-mannered industrial officer who once strutted the international cricket stage, writes Jim Marr.

Industrial: The Hell of Troy
On the basis of a couple of hours in the witness box, Building Industry Royal Commissioner Terence Cole described Troy Stratti as "credible". Six men who, together, have known the company director for the best part of 50 years beg to differ.

Organising: Miners Strike Gold
Traditional unions are rediscovering the power of grassroots organising. Paddy Gorman reports from the coal face.

Economics: The Accepted Wisdom
Evan Jones argues that economic policy making has been narrowed and rendered mechanistic and antiseptic.

History: Vicious Old Lady
Despite its Liberal leanings, the Sydney Morning Herald has never been shy of bashing unions, writes Neale Towart.

International: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Thailand must end its crackdown on Burmese fleeing rights abuses in their military-ruled homeland, according to a Human Rights Watch report.

Review: War Unfogged
Want to go to war but not sure where to start? Look no further than Errol Morris' latest doco-drama for the definitive 11-step lesson plan, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: TAFE
A TAFE student struggling under the weight of fees shares his wordly wisdom

N E W S

 Weekend Warrior Outed

 Dickís Got Form

 Mum Burned By "Barbecue Stopper"

 RSL Bombs Vets

 Sweetener for Sugar Pills

 Death Highlights Risky Business

 Casual Affair On The Buses

 Athens Update: Dying Games

 Nuns Run Amok in Cessnock

 Roving Commission for Safety Reps

 Workers Order Ziggy on Toast

 Divers Down

 Activists Whatís On!

C O L U M N S

Postcard
A Voice for Peace
Palestinian trade union leader calls on militants to lay down their arms while the ICFTU protests harassment of Palestinian union leader.

The Soapbox
The Double Standard Bearers
Nicholas Way argues that when it comes to collective action, the Howard Government has different views depending on whether you are a unionist or a small business.

The Locker Room
The Fine Print
While the result mightnít be everything, it does make the back of the newspaper more interesting, as Phil Doyle reports.

Politics
The Westie Wing
Ian West crunches the numbers in Macquarie Street and finds virtue in deficit.

L E T T E R S
 Sick Pay
 Tomís A Furphy
 Rolling in Clover
 More War And Peace
 Invisible Workers
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Pig On a Spit - Safari Picket

The CFMEU is conducting a picket of the Safari restaurant to get the owners to pay entitlements owed to workers (the owners are also builders). The Safari restaurant is in King Street Newtown. Picket is this Friday (and every Friday until they pay up!). From 6pm. All welcome.

Do Refugees Have Human Rights?

Politics in the Pub event at Gearins Hotel Katoomba. The Blue Mountains Unions Council in cooperation with the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group will be examining the issue of refugees and asylum seekers with the assistance of guest speakers Sally McManus, Executive President of the Australian Services Union, and John Valder, Patron for the Bridge For Asylum Seekers Foundation and former federal President of the Liberal Party. Local resident Michael Farrell-Whelan will talk about the activities of the Blue Mts Refugee Support Group and the renowned Blue Mts Trade Union choir will also entertain the crowd. The event is on Saturday 17th April from 2pm till 4pm.

For further information please contact Mark 0418694969.

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

Event Strategies Pty, PO Box 486, UNLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5061

Tel: 61 8 8373 4580 Email: [email protected]

May Day Toast

Souths Leagues Club, Thursday 29 April. 6.45pm

May Day March

Saturday May 1

11am Hyde Park North

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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