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Issue No. 217 23 April 2004  

Textor Messaging
Those responsible for communicating the union movement’s message to the public met in Melbourne this week and invited none other than John Howard’s master pollster to give his perspective. The spooky thing was his message to unions was an optimistic one.


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


 "Slave Labour" in WA Revolt

 Vaile Orange – 200 Punted

 Right Turn Ends in Court

 Premier on Track to Nowhere

 Bosses Unite Against Holidays

 Miners Stand Up to "Bullies"

 All Out in the Gong

 Zoo Poo Stink

 Feared Beard in Shipping Scare

 Mayday … Footy Player Celebrates

 Teachers Roll Up for Discipline

 De-Skilling Australia

 Activists What’s On!


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 mightn’t be everything, it does make the back of the newspaper more interesting, as Phil Doyle reports.

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

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Mayday … Footy Player Celebrates

Former Parramatta footballer Jack Mundey features in one of the many May Day celebrations occurring around the world this Saturday.

Mundey, who led the NSW Builders Labourers Federation during the historic Green Bans, will open an exhibition 'When Workers Unite - Foundations Of Tomorrow' in the Blue Mountains at the Braemar Gallery, 104 Macquarie Rd, Springwood

The exhibition celebrates our industrial heritage, including the Green Bans and other trade union protests with a selection of rare posters and badges and is on from the1st May to the 16th of May on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

The week also includes the international Workers' Memorial Day on Wednesday April 28, which commemorates the memory of the many workers killed on the job each year.

In Sydney a memorial sculpture is being unveiled at 11am at Little Pier Street Park (between the Entertainment Centre and the Novotel in Darling Harbour).

The memorial, by acclaimed Sydney artist Ingrid Skirka, is the only one of it's type in Australia. It represents all workers who have never returned home from work, and all those whose lives have been tragically cut short in the pursuit of earning a living.

Victorian OHS Reps are holding a memorial event at 'the Rock', at the Victorian Trades Hall Council from 10:30-11:15am, with a one minute silence being held at 11:00am.

The traditional Mayday marches and rallies will also be held around the world this Saturday.

In Sydney workers will be gathering at Hyde Park North at 11am for a march to John Howard's office in Phillip Street where CFMEU secretary Andrew Ferguson and Federal Opposition Health spokesperson Julia Gillard will be speakers.

The march will then move on to the Town Hall where there will be further speakers.

This years themes of job security and a safe workplace will also be celebrated at the annual May Day Toast, to be held at South Sydney Leagues Club on Thursday April 29 from 6.45pm.

As well as speakers from the MUA and the Cuban Communist Party, there will be comedy from The Chaser team, food and drinks. Tickets are $20. Call 9265 8438 for more information.


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