||Issue No. 277||19 August 2005|
Interview: On Holiday
Unions: One Day Longer
Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Politics: Spun Out
Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
History: Taking a Stand
International: The Split
Legal: Pushing the Friendship
Poetry: Simple Subtractions
Review: Sydney Trashed
The Locker Room
Think of the Kids
Stand Your Ground
MPs Duck As Unions Hit the Road
Alby Shultz will extend his policy of abstaining from contentious issues, when he fails to join members of the Goulburn community to discuss the changes on Thursday.
The bright orange 'Rights at work' bus will set off from Sydney on Monday for the start of a six week odyssey which will see it take in dozens of regional meetings as it makes it way around the state.
From the beaches of the 'Gong to the highlands of Cooma, the bus will stir up public debate about the Federal Government's proposed workplace changes.
The first leg is the South Coast, taking in Wollongong, Nowra, Ulladulla, Bateman's Bay, Moruya, Bega and Merimbula before coming up through Cooma, Queanbeyan and Goulburn.
Unions NSW Secretary John Robertson will address meetings and workers in the towns will share their experiences with AWAs and their concerns about John Howard's workplace changes.
Coalition Members of Parliament have been sent invitations to face the people their legislation will affect - although to date none of agreed to front up. Robertson says there will be chair on stage for them should any change their mind.
"I'd like to think that local representatives will turn up to hear the community's concern and relay that sentiment back to the Prime Minister," Robertson says.
"My sense is that there are several Coalition MPs who are less than enthusiastic about the changes; but are not prepared to challenge the Prime Minister as he pursues his ideological obsession.
The South Coast is the first leg of the Your Rights at Work bus tour, which will visit the rest of NSW through September.
Robertson said the tour would aim to promote debate about the government's changes, as well as hear the concerns of workers.
It builds on the momentum created at the July 1 Sky Channel meeting, where massive turnouts were reported at regional venues around the state.
"There is strong campaign momentum across the state and we want to set up the structures in regional areas to make sure we can sustain the energy for the long term," Robertson says,
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