||Issue No. 249||03 December 2004|
Interview: Minority Report
Industrial: Girl Power
Unions: Made in NZ
History: Spirit for a Fair Go
Economics: Fool's Gold
Politics: Worth Fighting For
Health: The Force Behind Medibank
Legal: Robust Justice
International: After the Revolution
Poetry: The Sound of Unions
Review: Bad Santa
The Locker Room
Not A Casey Fan
Miners Go to the Movies
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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