||Issue No. 300||24 March 2006|
Of Milestones and Millstones
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Unions: Bad Medicine
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Economics: Long Division
International: Union Proud
Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Culture: News Front
The Locker Room
Activists What's On!
The South Coast Labour Council has launched its web site at www.sclc.com.au One for the bookmarks!
Louise Markus wants a rally
Dear Fellow Greenway Activists,
Louise Markus is organising a rally with special guest NSW Opposition Leader Peter Debnam to attend. Her rally is about land valuations, yes another State Issue.
She states in her letter "But we need your support to force Government to make these changes for our community." Well lets give her support for the rally but I am sure we want to known where Peter Debnam stands on WorkChoices and hear Louise Markus justify her stance.
She won't come to our meetings so lets go to her rally.
Saturday 25 March 2006
Riverstone Bowling Club located on Riverstone Parade, Riverstone
Please let your friends know and it would be great to fill the club.
0414 525 007
Wednesday 29 March Brisbane
To mark the passing into law of the Howard Government's IR laws, the QCU will be holding a workers' breakfast in King George Square on Wednesday 29 March from 7:00am. Guest speaker will be Tim Brunero (Tim from "Big Brother").
"GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK"
The Katoomba Branch of the ALP presents the Oscar-nominated story of CBS journalist Edward R Murrow, who took on the malevolent power of muckrating Senator Joseph McCarty. In a climate of fear, Murrow and his dedicated staff defied corporate and sponsorship pressure to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'.
Newsweek has called it 'a passionate, serious, impeccably crafted move tackling a subject Clooney cares about deeply: the duty of journalism to speak the truth to power.'
Written and Directed by George Cloonet. Starring David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, george clooney, Jeff Daniles, Robert Downey Jr and Frank Lagella.
Introduced by Roger Milliss with champagne supper and discussion.
At MT VIC FLICKS
7.30 pm - Thursday 30 March
Bookings essential - Tickets $20/$15 concession
Available from Megalong Books & Mt Vic Flicks
Or phone 0401 369 935 or 4782 3429
Email: [email protected]
A fundraiser for Katoomba ALP
"We cannot defence freedom abroad by deserting it at home." Edward R Murrow
APHEDA VICTORIAN ACTIVISTS MEETING
Tue 4th April, 6.30 PM.
The first meeting of the Victorian Activist Group will be held 6.30 PM,
Tuesday 4th April 2006. Meeting Room 9, Community & Public Sector Union
(CPSU), 11th Floor, 575 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Light refreshments will be
provided. RSVP to [email protected] by Monday 3rd April.
The Activist network enables members and supporters to meet and share
recourses locally as they support Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's overseas
projects and campaigns.
Politics in the Pub
2.00 pm Saturday April 8th, 2006
Hotel Gearin 273 Great Western Highway, Katoomba
ex Senator and Save Medicare Alliance
Dr. Con Costa
Doctors Reform Group
Call on the Federal Government to use the record budget surplus to
restore Medicare to world-class standards.
While the big end of town clamber for yet another tax cut, federal
government under-funding continues to threaten our healthcare system,
in particular Medicare.
With almost daily revelations about poor staffing levels at hospitals,
declining bulk billing rates and escalating costs of medicine,
thousands of hard-working Australians face ever-increasing health
costs in the family budget.
Those that try to ensure high quality healthcare by joining private
funds face a rat race of spiralling costs that bear no resemblance to
Ecumenical service March and Rally
Sunday 9th April, 1pm at Prince Albert Park Parramatta, finishing at Parramatta Town Square
Organised by the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition
More info at www.nswpeace.org
APHEDA MELBOURNE MOVIE FUNDRAISER
Thu 20th April, 6.30 PM
Make it a date to remember!
Join Melbourne members and supporters at the Cinema Nova for a night of film
and fundraising. Raising much needed dollars for Union Aid Abroad-APEHDA's
overseas projects, tickets are just $20/$15 to see the Academy Award
nominated film Tsotsi in it's first week of release (see below for movie
blurb). Thursday 20th April 6.30 PM at the Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street
Contact Steve Mullins for bookings (payment MUST be made before the night)
Mobile: 0413021412 [email protected]
Tsotsi - (m) nominated for Academy Best Foreign Language Film
Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto - where survival is
the primary objective - Tsotsi traces six days in the life of a ruthless
young gang leader who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped
during a car-jacking. Tsotsi is a gritty and moving portrait of an angry
young man living in a state of extreme urban deprivation. His world pumps
with the raw energy of Kwaito Music - the modern beat of the ghetto that
reflects his troubled state of mind.
The film is a psychological thriller in which the protagonist is compelled
to confront his own brutal nature and face the consequences of his actions.
It puts a human face on both the victims and the perpetrators of violent
crime and is ultimately a story of hope and a triumph of love over rage.
Winner, 2005 Toronto Film Festival, People's Choice Award
STRUGGLES, SCABS + SCHOONERS is BACK
29th April 2006 from 1:30pm.
This year it is all about the history - and ongoing battles - of working class women. Join us for stories, memories, hope, singing and beer.
Tickets are $30, which includes dinner.
If you wanna get on board the bus (walkers are welcome & free), please let us know ASAP - you'll have a confirmed seat if you get us the money before the day - please make cheques payable to the PROUD TO BE UNION COMMITTEE INC (send to Struggles, Scabs & Schooners - c/- FSU, PO Box A2442 Sydney South 1235).
With the country on the edge, what can one person do?
A new Australian play crashes through at the Old Fitzroy in April with a story of
intrigue and crisis in personal and public life. Political Fiction, by Geoffrey
Sykes, is a parable of Australia now, in which hope and despair are pitted
against each other... with surprising results.
A disgruntled member of the government, a young singer and a free thinking staffer in
Foreign Affairs. Their journey, through sex, power, intrigue, betrayal and - finally - clear
vision, is a graphic exploration of what faces us all in our fallible attempts to relate to the
Political Fiction plays and replays with the myths that control our public world ˆ when the
country is on the brink, what can one person do?
Playwright, documentary-maker and academic, Geoffrey Sykes has put words in the mouths
of some of Australia's finest actors and has written for some of our most provocative
exhibitions and theatre events including those at the National Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW,
MCA and the Powerhouse Museum.
Directed by Robina Beard (NAISDA, Ausdance, Belvoir, Adelaide Festival) and starring
Sarah Doyle, Alan Popely, Karen Cobban and Marc Kay, Political Fiction moves at pace
from Australia to South America and back as conspiracy brings people together, then blows
POLITICAL FICTION by Geoffrey Sykes
April 18 to May 6
THE OLD FITZROY THEATRE
Cnr Cathedral and Dowling Streets, Woolloomooloo
Tues-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Tickets $27 ($19 concession)
Book (02) 9294 4296 or online at www.oldfitzroy.com.au
Beer Laksa and Show deal (from 7pm) $33
Cheap Tuesdays and Previews (April 18 and 19)
Presented by Southview Projects
May Day Toast
Monday, 1st May at 6pm at Souths Leagues Club
Tickets cost $30 each and are available from Jaime Midson on 02 9264 5024
May Day March and Rally
Sunday 7th May at 11am at Hyde Park North
More info from Warren Smith on 02 9264 5024
Dave Peetz in conversation with Jennie George
Brave New Workplace: how Individual Contracts are Changing our Jobs
By David Peetz
The federal government's new industrial relations laws were passed just before Christmas: will the High Court challenge from the NSW state government overturn them? If they remain, how much is going to change anyway? Foremost IR expert David Peetz peels away the claims and counterclaims to examine the 'big picture' and explain who benefits and who loses under the new system.
Once employees knew they would be paid properly for working nights and overtime and that they couldn't be dismissed on a whim. Now employees are being asked to do their own bargaining, one on one. Employers and government claim this will lead to higher productivity, while unions and church groups cry foul. What's really going on?
The push for individual contracts for employees overturns a century of collective efforts to create basic rights and a 'fair go' in Australian workplaces. David Peetz closely examines the corporate and government doublespeak to uncover what's really happening in relations between employers and employees. Explaining who benefits from individual contracts and who doesn't, and how this is already changing the way we work, Peetz locates individual workplace contracts in a wider debate about whether we are moving away from collective ideals towards individualistic values.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Peetz is Professor of Industrial Relations at Griffith University. He worked for ten years in the former Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations, and is author of Unions in a Contrary World.
Thursday 23rd March
Cost: $9/$6 conc. gleeclub welcome
Venue: Upstairs @ 49, gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
To book: 9660 2333 or [email protected]
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