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  Issue No 27 Official Organ of LaborNet 20 August 1999  





Rally or Surf Party? It’s the Workers’ Call

This week's Sydney rally against Reith's second wave will be a first opportunity to put the principles behind Greg Combet's shift to an organising culture into practise.

For perhaps the first time ever, union leaders and paid officials will stay in the background, with ten rank and file union members lined up to talk about the impact of Peter Reith's agenda on their working lives.

Speakers will include a young KFC worker, a hotel housekeeper, a bank teller, a public servant, a postie, a builder, a waterfront worker and one of the victorious Oakdale miners.

Workers are being asked to meet at the northern end of Hyde Park to march to the prime Minister's office in Phillip Street. While we're unlikely to match the 60,000 Victorians who marched last week (we've got a life in Sydney, OK?) a healthy turnout is expected with a few surprises.

Bring your voices, because there will be group chants and singalongs, orchestrated by MC and chant-mistress Su Cruikshank.

With the chants, its been decided that "The workers united will never be defeated" has probably become a cliche.

Shaun from the Maritime Union has put together these new chants, which we'll be using on the march. Print them off to and take them to the rally to ensure your voice is heard too:

All Chants To Be Repeated After Lead From The Marshalls

Johnnie Howard is his name

Bustin' unions is his game

Reith is in the caper too

Both of them would make you spew

We'll fight the bastards all the way

Unity, the workers' way.


Reith and Howard's second wave

Aimed at making wokrers slaves

Together we will win the day

Unity - the workers' way


Democrats we say to you

Don't sell us out in this here blue

You buckled to the GST

Stand up and keep our workforce free


We'll fight for our rights all the way

Unity- the workers' way


Be Strong, Be Brave

Dump the Second Wave

Be Brave, Be Strong

We Know Whose Side We're On



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*   Issue 27 contents

In this issue
*  Interview: Stepping Up To The Plate
ACTU secretary-in-waiting Greg Combet talks about his report on international trade union trends and the need to adapt for the future.
*  Work/Time/Life: The Good Type of Wharf Security
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has locked in better job security for casuals as part of its collective agreement with P&O Ports.
*  International: Venezuela Warned By Global Labour Group
Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly has drafted a decree providing for the dissolution of the country's national trade union organisation, the CTV.
*  Legal: Politically Motivated Case Against Unionist Fails
A politically motivated extortion case against Eric Wicker, a long-time trade unionist on the Port Kembla waterfront has failed.
*  Republic: Direct Election Republicans who say YES … and MORE!
Despairing at the sight of Ted Mack and Phil Cleary fronting for Kerry Jones and the Australians for A Constitutional Monarchy? Appalled at the disastrous strategy and paralysis of the Australian Republican Movement? A significant group of Republicans has an answer for you!
*  Unions: Technology for the Times
New technology offers exciting opportunities which help union growth, according to this extract from Unions@Work.
*  History: Australian Unions and Industrial Action 1788-1900
A project is under way to compile a comprehensive record of unions, informal worker organisation and strikes from the period of European settlement to 1900 using a specially designed computer database.
*  Review: Stage Left! - Workers Theatre Hits the Mark
'Rare' is the word on the Melbourne Workers Theatre production, 'Who's Afraid of the Working Class?' currently touring the eastern states of Australia.
*  Satire: Australia's Most Earnest
Strewth magazine scours the cultural landscape for its inaugural Earnest Bastard of the Year Award.

»  Combet’s Call - Double Effort Needed Now
»  Rally or Surf Party? It’s the Workers’ Call
»  Vizard Agenda Analysed
»  Truckies Face Another Oakdale
»  Former Union Leader to Investigate SOCOG Uniforms
»  Second Steggles Mum Wins Job Back
»  Strip Leads to Fair Wear Win
»  Rail Security: Scully Cuts Staff as Assaults Rise
»  Civil Libertarian Support Sought Against "Big Brother"
»  Dita Sari takes Sydney by Storm.

»  Guest Report
»  Sport
»  Trades Hall
»  Piers Watch

Letters to the editor
»  Thanks for Einstein
»  A Non-Unionist's Sympathy
»  A Mexican on Piers
»  Group Homes Claims Disputed
»  Rallying Cries
»  Security Overload

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