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Issue No. 249 03 December 2004  

Moral Majority
Unions NSW is currently hosting one of the world�s great thinkers in Robert Reich; academic, commentator and Clinton labour secretary; a man with a mind as big as the dilemmas progressive politics face right now.


Interview: Minority Report
New federal ALP industrial relations spokesman Stephen Smith on the hostilities in store for the labour movement.

Industrial: Girl Power
Tim Brunero looks at how women are making their mark in a once-male dominated trade.

Unions: Made in NZ
Jim Marr looks behind the rhetoric to uncover what the Howard Government has in store for Australian workers.

History: Spirit for a Fair Go
Paddy Gorman looks at the importance of Eureka on the Australian political psyche.

Economics: Fool's Gold
Tom Bramble identifies some contradictions in Howard's economic miracle.

Politics: Worth Fighting For
One of the Left's most influential figures of the last 40 years gives his theory of power ...

Health: The Force Behind Medibank
Public health has always been a core activity for the union movement, writes Neale Towart

Legal: Robust Justice
Former ACTU executive member and textile union leader Anna Booth argues that Alternate Dispute Resolution is one way around the looming assault on union rights.

International: After the Revolution
Has China entered a post-revolutionary phase - and where will it take the world, asks James Goodman

Poetry: The Sound of Unions
Ah, the hills are alive, with The Sound of Unions, muses resident bard, David Peetz

Review: Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton's newest role puts the 'nick' in Saint Nicholas and reveals the Satan in Santa, writes Tara de Boehmler.


 Moral Crusade to Save Family

 20 Dead � Stockmarket Applauds

 Karen Gives Howard a Paint Job

 Buckeridge Bill Blocks Entry

 Casual Beach Closures

 Railworkers Scull Costa

 Racism in the Dock

 Go Home Alone � And Other Survival Tips

 Vet Beats Bullet

 Cleaners Clean Up

 Weekend Work Wiped

 Miners Go to the Movies

 Feds Attack Low Paid

 Activists What's On!


New Matilda
How Labor Lost the Plot
In his contribution to Australia's new political zine 'New Matilda' , Father Michael kelly argues the ALP is in search of a soul.

The Soapbox
Outside the Tent
Labor exile Lindsay Tanner is warning the ALP to be careful who it gets into bed with.

The Locker Room
Sons Of Beaches
Phil Doyle gets the perfect wave, and waves back

The Westie Wing
150 years since the struggle at Eureka, the fight to achieve social justice, equality and responsible government is just as vital as ever in the neo-conservative Australia, writes Ian West.

Postcard from Harare
Ken Davis, from Union Aid Abroad, on how unions are at the forefront in the battle for democracy in Zimbabwe

 Leadership Skills
 Not A Casey Fan
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Miners Go to the Movies

DVDs are the latest method being used to get out the union message with the CFMEU Mining & Energy Union premiering two at its recent National Convention.

The first, The Union: Fighting For A Fair Go, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade and traces the struggles and gains of Australian mining and energy workers in the first four years of the new Millennium

It examines the sharp conflicts between the Union and four giant multinationals - Rio Tinto; BHP Billiton; Anglo-American and Xstrata focussing on the front line experience of rank and file workers and their families.

The film also deals with the difficult challenges facing mining and energy workers today in coping with an aggressive anti-union climate with rogue contractors and employers who are hell bent on the destruction of collective bargaining.

The Human Cost Of Mining

the second DVD, The Human Cost Of Mining looks at the real cost of mining - the human cost - which has been borne by hundreds of thousands of Australian families who have lost loved ones or watched them suffer from crippling injuries and debilitating disease incurred in the mining industry.

As mining companies look to increase their profits they still maintain a lethal disregard for the welfare and safety of their employees in Australia.

The Human Cost Of Mining reflects on some of the biggest disasters in Australia's histories.

It features the Union's successful campaign to ensure the first ever convictions of individuals in Australia's mining history following the Gretley disaster.

It also documents the Union's success in closing an unsafe mine (Grasstree) despite the opposition of the powerful Anglo American multinational with the collusion of the Queensland Mines Department.

This short film also exposes the ruthless exploitation of contractors; excessive working hours; the employers abuse of safety committees to pursue an industrial agenda; and dangerous employer gimmicks such 'safety reward' schemes to bribe workers into not reporting accidents and incidents on the job.

The DVDs, are now available to the public

The Union: Fighting For A Fair Go (Cost: $20) and The Human Cost Of Mining, ($15) are available from CFMEU Mining and Energy, PO Box Q1641, Sydney NSW 1230 (please add another $5 for post and packaging).

Cheques and Money Orders should be made payable to CFMEU Mining and Energy.


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