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Issue No. 241 08 October 2004  

That’s All Folks!
Perhaps the most depressing part of this federal election campaign has been the Howard Government’s success, with the willing assistance of the media, of typecasting the union movement as some sort of cartoon bogeyman.


Interview: The Last Bastian
AMWU state secretary Paul Bastian has been at the centre of the three year battle to bring James Hardie to account.

Unions: High and Dry
Jim Marr unpacks the recent High Court Electrolux decision to test whether the ruling matches the media hype.

Security: Liquid Borders
The Howard Government loves to trumpet its national security credentials but a close look at its record in shipping sinks the myth argues MUA’s Zoe Reynolds.

Industrial: No Bully For You
Phil Doyle reports on how bringing dignity and respect to the workplace is undermining bullies.

History: Radical Brisbane
Radical Brisbane extends the 'Radical City' series into the Red North. Two experienced activists, academics and writers turn South East Queensland history on its head.

International: No Vacancies
More than 1400 hotel union workers, members of UNITE HERE Local 2, are on strike at four major hotels in San Francisco, California, writes Andrew Casey.

Economics: Life After Capitalism
A situation that all anarchists dream of? Michael Albert has been more than dreaming., writes Neale Towart

Technology: Cyber Winners
Labourstart's Eric Lee looks at a good news story of global online campaigning that has delivered a victory.

Poetry: Do It Yourself Poetry
Teaser: Wondering why the polls are all over the place? Ask our resident bard and psephologist.

Review: Hard Labo(u)r
The Voice of Southern Labor highlights the role music played in the 1930's US textile strikes, but more than that it provides a lucid insight into the roots of modern capitalism and some truly organic organising, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Telstra Dogs on Injured Woman

 Strike Three and We’re Out

 Boxall Beats Hasty Retreat

 Ashfield Moves on Home Truths

 Pratt in Warwick Farm Plunge

 Robert Reich's 2020 Vision

 Numbers Racket at Yandi

 Executive Pay Blue Looms

 Crazy Mike’s Fire Sale

 Kids Remember Kids

 DIY Security For Child Care

 Canada’s Asbestos Outrage

 Aussie Kids Thrown Overboard


True Lies
Labor Council secretary John Robertson argues It’s Time – for an IR reality check.

The Westie Wing
Much work has been done in the past to ease the plight of clothing outworkers in New South Wales. It's time to step up the pressure, as sweatshops and clothing contract work are thriving stronger than ever, writes Ian West.

The Soapbox
Who Started the Class War?
Evan Jones looks across the Australian political landscape and asks who are the real class warriors?

The Locker Room
First Past The Post
Phil Doyle is coming up in class and is all the better for recent racing

Westie Wing
Our favourite state MP returns for his monthly Macquarie Street wrap.

Positive Action
Australian unionists are helping give hope to Filipino workers living with HIV/AIDS.

 Invest In Dignity - Part II
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Robert Reich's 2020 Vision

The man who gave the Clinton Administration a soul - and one of the world’s most celebrated thinkers on the future of work – will travel to Australia in December.

Robert Reich, academic and US Labor Secretary in Clinton’s first term, will be the guest of the NSW Labor Council to lead discussion its Working NSW project to deveelop a vision for the workplace in 2020,

Reich is the internationally acclaimed author of "The Work of Nations' regarded as a blueprint for work in the global economy as well as the hilarious "locked in the Cabinet' covering his time as Labor Secretary.

At that time he was credited with initiating several grounds-breaking measures including:

- anti sweatshop legislation

- increasing the minium wage

- and attempts to curb excessive executive pay.

The centrepiece of Reich's visit will be a public lecture at Sydney's Seymour Centre on December 6 and a scheduled address to the National Press Club in Canberra on December 8.

Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the visit is designed to spark a wide-ranging debate amongst Australian union on their place in the future.

"The challenge for unions is to develop a long-term game plan for the future of work - in the same way that t he HR Nichols Society did for the Right in the 1980s," Robertson says.

"We don't expect Robert Reich to have all the solutions, but we wan t to work with the best thinkers from progressive politics to map out a long term plan that gives working people a stake in the global economy.

"You only had to witness the way the Howard Government distorted the industrial relations debate in the election campaign to understand why we need to create a counter-story of our own."

To book tickets for Robert Reich's Seymour Centre lecture call 02 9351 7940. tickets $15 for current union members, $20 for non-members


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