||Issue No. 252||18 February 2005|
Wood for the Trees
Economics: Super Seduction
Interview: Bono and Me
Unions: The Eight Hour Day and the Holy Spirit
Technology: From Widgets to Digits
Education: Dumb and Dumber
Health: No Place for the Young
History: The Work-In That Changed a Nation
Review: Dare to Win
Poetry: Labor's Dreaming
The Locker Room
But Then Again
Howzat – Murali Spun Out
The off spinner braved heavy storms to personally thank MUA members at East Swanson docks for collecting $170,000 worth of goods and clothing.
MUA member and Patrick yard foreman, Graeme Bailey, is co-ordinating the joint union-company fundraising appeal. He said Muralitharan had been especially appreciative of the fishing nets and equipment donated by members.
"That's what they need more than anything because that's their livelihood," Bailey told the MUA website. "He (Muralitharan) told me how much he appreciated what we were doing."
Muralitharan saw a haul that included new clothing, hospital beds, safety boots, saucepans, leather gloves, push bikes, biros, school books, T shirts, toothpaste, toys, fishing hooks and nets.
MUA members at Westernport and Portland have donated specialist fishing gear.
The first of seven full containers left Australia for Sri Lanka, last week. In a display of cross-sector co-operation, Mitsui footed the shipping bill, while Patrick coughed for stevedoring and labour costs.
East Swanson union reps are amongst many on ships and docks around the country also organising financial support, through collections or payroll deductions.
So far, MUA members have contributed around $100,000 in cash as well as co-ordinating the collection of $170,000 worth of goods. Most of the money is being directed through Apheda Union Aid Abroad.
Wells of Hope
Meanwhile, APHEDA funding has already assisted the clearing of 110 wells on the Aceh coast, south of Meulaboh.
The ACTU's aid arm has helped members of International Union of Foodworkers restore clean drinking water, so villagers can return home.
Indonesian unionists have been clearing wells of rocks, mud and debri and scrubbing the walls with chlorine before using coconut matting fibre and water to flush them out.
APHEDA has also funded mobile clinics staffed by doctors and nurses. For many of the patients it has been the first time they have seen a doctor since the tsunami struck.
APHEDA will soon be putting money into skills training and equipment for home building projects, and backing short training courses being organised by the UN and Indonesian Education Department.
Over the next three years, APHEDA will concentrate on livelihood building through "microcredit" loans for items such as sewing machines, that will allow locals to establish their own businesses.
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