||Issue No. 269||24 June 2005|
Truth In Advertising
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Stuck for words
More care, less scare
Do or die time
China throws in Mao’s towel
Don’t strike out strikes
Grass Roots Flourish
Brett Williams from Minchinbury in Sydney’s west took it upon himself to grab a captive audience on a packed Sydney commuter train to spell out what the changes would mean for punters.
"I just stood up and introduced myself and explained what the changes were," says Williams. "There was a good reaction. People were interested. People were asking questions. People wanted to hear what was happening."
"I'm not political," says the Rail Tram and Bus Union member. "I just wanted to do it for the interest of other Australians."
Williams' colleague Stephen Threllfall invited his Central Coast neighbours over to watch the twenty-minute DVD produced for the SkyChannel delegates meeting on May 27.
"People had no idea of how serious this was. Next I'm taking it down to a neighbourhood pre-school to show the staff there."
Paul Douglas went to buy a lottery ticket and was buttonholed by the sales assistant over his 'You're Rights At Work' badge.
"She asked me what's going on and I told them this is going to affect everyone, especially mums and dads and helping out with kids sport. She wanted information so I dropped off some flyers you can get from the website, www.rightsatwork.com.au
The grass roots campaign is part of a number of actions planned for this week, which includes minimum wage workers hosting Unions NSW secretary John Robertson and ALP leader Kim Beazley at a Randwick Childcare Centre, while across town ACTU Sharan Burrow launching the 1300 362 223 info hotline at Sydney Airport.
Beazley will then be heading up the Pacific Highway to meet locked out Boeing workers at RAAF Willamtown, who are resisting being kept on AWAs by US Contractor Boeing.
On Tuesday there is rally outside the Housing Industry Association office at 4 Byfield Street, Ryde, at 12.30pm over apprentices being forced onto AWAs.
Wednesday is the NSW Premiers Roundtable with public sector workers at 11am, which is followed on Thursday by the inaugural Brown Nose Day being put on by the Working Students Network at Sydney University.
The week culminates in Friday's State Wide Sky Channel Hook-up at 9.00am, with the key meeting at the Sydney Town Hall telecast to over two hundred venues across the state. Check for a venue near you!
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