||Issue No. 236||03 September 2004|
Interview: True Matilda
Politics: State of Play
Industrial: Capital Dilemmas
Unions: Rhodes Scholars
National Focus: Rennovating the Lodge
International: People Power
Economics: A Bit Rich
History: Mine Shafts
Safety: Sick Of Fighting
Organising: Building a Wave
Poetry: Anger In The Bush(es)
Review: The Battle Of Algiers
Culture: The Word On The Street
The Locker Room
Co-operating At All Costs
All Good Except You
The Greening of Labour
National president, Julius Roe, confirmed that a substantial chunk of his organisationï¿½s election spend would go to the Greens in recognition of their "consistent support for issues that will make a difference to our members and their families".
Roe highlighted the positions taken by Bob Brown's party with regard to free trade and industrial relations.
The AMWU will also make contributions of up to $10,000 to 16 individual ALP candidates who have supported union members on free trade and manufacturing jobs.
Roe is urging union members to get involved in the campaign to evict John Howard from the Lodge.
"This Government is the most anti-worker in Australia's history," Roe says. "It is in the interests of all our members, and their families, that it is defeated on October 9.
"It has betrayed Australia's economic, cultural and political independence by putting George Bush's interests ahead of our own. The war in Iraq, and the US Free Trade Agreement were clear examples of that."
Roe conceded the AMWU had been "very disappointed" by ALP support for Howard on free trade, particularly after the Senate committee it dominated listed dozens of concerns.
However, he said, AMWU national councillors, had identified four key policy areas - health, education, industrial relations and industry policy - where members would be better off under an ALP regime.
Roe said ALP stances on Medicare, public education, apprenticeship training, industry planning and "redressing the balance in the workplace" put it "light years" ahead of the Coalition.
He described those issues as "central to the wellbeing of working Australians".
AMWU national councillors are asking activists, delegates and rank and file members to do what they can in the lead-up to polling day. Anyone able to lend support to the ALP or Greens campaigns should contact their state union office.
Meanwhile, NSW Labor Council will invite Greens IR spokesperson Kerry Nettle to address delegates in the build-up to the election.
Secretary John Robertson said delegates should understand that unions with members on federal awards would be "in much worse positions" if Greens and Democrat senators hadn't rejected the most "draconian" aspects of the federal government's workplace wish list.
Robertson said an ALP speaker would also be invited to speak to delegates in the election build-up.
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