|Issue No. 309
|02 June 2006
When the Truth Hurts
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Activist's What's On!
Inner West IR forum to fight WorkChoices
Greens MP and industrial relations spokesperson Lee Rhiannon says an upcoming public forum in Annandale, with high profile speakers like environmentalist and unionist Jack Mundey, is designed to help overturn Howard's WorkChoices laws.
"The Greens will be using our local community networks to bolster the ongoing campaign against WorkChoices, with the aim of winning back the working and living conditions that unions have established over the past century," Ms Rhiannon said.
"Following on from our major forum last June, before WorkChoices became law, we have organised speakers from a broad range of areas including the church, academia and the union movement.
Greens Ban leader Jack Mundey said John Howard has with one fell swoop destroyed every person's right to fight for better working conditions and the environment.
"The movement against WorkChoices is far from over. We need to keep mobilising support in the community for unions' right to represent workers," Mr Mundey said.
Greens Councillor for Leichhardt and candidate for Balmain in the 2007 NSW elections, Rochelle Porteous, said the Greens were committed to working with unions and the community to oppose the Liberal's attack on wages and conditions.
"We are inviting the community to come to our forum and help build a broad based movement to defeat these regressive WorkChoices laws," Cr Porteous said.
Community and Unions: Defeating Howard's WorkChoices Forum
Work, Industrial Relations and Popular Culture Conference
Monday 25 September 2006.
Brisbane Work and Industry Futures QUT, and the Department of Industrial Relations Griffith University are convening a one-day conference that explores Work, Industrial Relations and Popular Culture.
David Pope, the cartoonist behind the Heinrich Hinze cartoons will be Keynote Speaker with his presentation - "Is the pen mightier than s356? Cartoons and Work" (www.scratch.com.au)
We welcome any paper that explores the manner in which popular culture is used by unions, management or policy makers or alternatively, how work and industrial relations is represented within popular culture.
Sub-themes for the conference include: - Policy, Influence and Modern Mediums - Which is Reality, Work or TV? - Popular Music: Is it the End of the Working Class Man? - Working in the Movies: What do we see? - Popular Culture as a Teaching Tool. Call for Papers. Abstracts are due 14 July 2006 Full papers are due 11 September 2006 Location; Southbank, Brisbane.
The convenors would welcome participants to submit proposed titles earlier to assist in preparations. For further information please contact Keith Townsend ([email protected]) or David Peetz ([email protected])
Rekindling the Flames of Discontent: How the Labour and Folk Movements Work Together
A Conference - Dinner - Concert
The Brisbane Labour History Association is holding a Conference/Dinner/Concert on Saturday 23 September. This event will explore the historical relationship between the labour movement and the folk movement in Australia with a particular emphasis on Queensland.
Why? To celebrate the history of the interaction between the Folk and Labour movements, and promote its longevity.
When? Saturday 23 September. Conference from 1pm. Concert from 7pm.
Where? East Brisbane Bowls Club, Lytton Rd, East Brisbane, Next to Mowbray Park
It is still in the formative stages, but to date the following are confirmed:
1-5pm CONFERENCE (will include music with the presentations):
5 - 7pm Drinks followed by DINNER
7 - 11pm CONCERT
Greg Combet speaking on 'The social responsibility of economists'
Tuesday 6 June, 630-830pm
Greg Combet, ACTU Secretary and graduate of Sydney University Political Economy.
Greg will be speaking on 'The social responsibility of economists'. At a time when many economists are willing to lend their support to unjust and unjustifiable government policies - whether on industrial relations or on international trade - it is worth asking the question: Should economists and other social scientists seek to provide 'value-neutral' analysis and advice? Or should they explicitly take ethical or moral considerations into account? If so, how?
Eleanor Hall, Journalist, broadcaster and presenter of ABC Radio's News and the World Today, and graduate of Sydney University Political Economy
Professor Frank Stilwell, one of the founding academics of Political Economy at Sydney University
Organised by the Political Economy Alumni Society - a network that meets socially and works to promote and support the study of political economy in universities and the community. Alumni Society events are open to everyone who is interested in exploring economic issues in their social and political context.
Please pass this invitation on to friends and colleagues who may be interested. Entry by donation.
How can you say NO to HOT, HOME MADE SOUP in the name of WORKERS RIGHTS!
Inner West Your Rights at Work is hosting a DVD screening and Soup Kitchen.
When: Sunday 4 June 2006 4pm - 7pm
We are also having some SPEAKERS: Andrew Fergurson (CFMEU) and Lee Rhiannon (Greens).
At the fundraiser, we will be SCREENING the following DVDs:
* "WAL-MART - THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE" - this is the Wal-Mart doco which lifts the lid on corporate greed & anti union tactics in the workplace.
* "A WALK IN OUR BOOTS" - terrific CFMEU doco for those of you who haven't seen it!
* "36 WAYS TO GET THE SACK" - some of you may have viewed this on the Your Rights At Work website
For those of you who prefer AMBER LIQUID, please note that the BAR WILL BE OPEN!
MUM'S & DAD'S - you will be happy to know that CHILDREN ARE MOST WELCOME!
We would LOVE your HELP in PROMOTING our fundraiser amongst your union comrades, friends, family & rank & file members!
Please post our flyer on your website, email to comrades, rank & file, family & friends & most importantly - come along on the night with as many people as possible!
Get Connected in the West
Your Rights at Work Family and Friends Community Day
Coast Goes Online
Check out the brand new Central Coast Your Rights at Work Website www.centralcoastrightsatwork.com.au
Public Protest and the Law
UTS:Community Law Centre hosts Public Protest & the Law Workshop with Environmental Defenders Office & Legal Aid - 14 June 2006:
This is a free practical workshop about legal issues confronting people involved in public protest. Hosted by the UTS Community Law Centre in conjunction with the Environmental Defender's Office and NSW Legal Aid Commission.
This workshop is of particular relevance for those wanting to be informed about the rights and obligations concerning public protests.
All participants will receive a free advance copy of the EDO publication "Community Protest and the Law: A Handbook for Campaigners in NSW" (forthcoming).
Fact sheets by the UTS:CLC will also be available.
The workshop will include discussion of:
* Common criminal charges
Light refreshments will be provided following the workshop.
About the Organisers:
The Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.
The NSW Legal Aid Commission (LAC) is the state government agency responsible for providing legal aid and assistance to disadvantaged people in New South Wales.
To register, or for more information, please contact: Tisha Dejamanee, EDO Education Assistant, on 02 9262 6989 or email [email protected]
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