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Issue No. 318 03 August 2006  

Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Did the economy slip on a banana skin or an oil slick?


Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Macquarie Street and Canberra are squaring off over safety in the workplace, NSW Minister for Industrial relations, John Della Bosca, explains what's at stake.

Unions: Fighting Back
When John Howard's building industry enforcer started threatening people's homes, one couple hit the road. Jim Marr met them in Sydney.

Industrial: What Cowra Means
The ruling on the Cowra abattoir case highlights the implications of the new IR rules, according to John Howe and Jill Murray

Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Howard Government hypocrisy is showcased in its climate change manoeuvring, Stuart Rosewarne writes:

Politics: Page Turner
A new book leaves no doubt about whether the faction came before the ego, Nathan Brown writes.

Economics: The State of Labour
The capacity of the state to shape the political economy and thus improve the social lives of the people must be reasserted, argues Geoff Dow.

International: Workers Blood For Oil
A new book by Abdullah Muhsin and Alan Johnson lifts the lid on the bloody reality of US backed democracy for Iraq's trade unions

History: Liberty in Spain
Worker Self-Management is good management. The proof in Spain was in Catalania, Andalusia and continues in the Basque Country, as Neale Towart explains.

Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
Phil Doyle thought he'd find nostalgia, but instead Vulgar Press' new book, Maroon & Blue is a penetrating insight into the suburban mind under stress.


 Ah, Sol

 Telstra Contractors in Bush Raid

 Spooks Go “Nuclear”

 Drivers Under Attack

 Stacks on the Hill

 Advertising Works

 29 Face Secret Interrogations

 Bureaucrats Sit on Wages

 Blue Mountains Fit Through Loophole

 G Spot for Rally

 Chalkies Give WorkChoices An F

 Howard Base Shaky

 Deaf Workers Lose Voice

 Canberra Scratches WorkChoices Handicap

 MUA Hungry for Change

 Vanny Changes Story

 Activists What's On


The Locker Room
Ruled Out
Phil Doyle plays by the rules

Tommy's Apprentice
Chapter One - Tommy and "The Boy"

Westie Wing
Ian West wonders what might happen if the NSW Coalition actually did win power next March at the State elections.

 Bussies Are Tops
 What Was He On About?
 Belly On Balance
 Help Wanted
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MUA Hungry for Change

Unions NSW is backing an MUA push to have Darling Harbour East renamed in honour of thousands of waterfront workers.

It is urging unions and supporters to petition the state government to adopt the longtime maritime monicker, the Hungry Mile.

Naming submissions need to be filed with Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, by this Friday.

The Hungry Mile would celebrate two centuries of maritime labour in the precinct where as many as 24,000 people were employed, prior to the advent of containerisation.

The Hungry Mile has inspired film, verse, song and rebellion.

It got its name during the Great Depression when men trudged from wharf to wharf in search of work, either going hungry or toiling around the clock in tough, perilous conditions on 24-hour shifts under the oppressive Bull System.

The Hungry Mile became an Australian labour icon. It was the birthplace of maritime unionism.

It saw solidarity protests, including bans on pre-war Japanese shipments, the Black Armada of Dutch arms during the Indonesian independence war, opposition to French and US wars in Vietnam, apartheid in South Africa, French nuclear testing, the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. It became a focal point for maritime struggles and expressions of internationalism.

It was on the Hungry Mile, in 1998, that hooded goons with dogs forced workers off cranes, ships and wharves at Patrick as part of a government-employer conspiracy to replace union workers.

To make submission on names for East Darling Harbour go to:


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