||Issue No. 319||11 August 2006|
Good Versus Evil
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
The Cruellest Cut
Activist's What's On!
Builders labourer Omir Majstrovic was sacked in late July because he submitted a hearing claim on to his employer. A migrant worker, Omir was employed by Formbrace on the Hollands project at Parramatta.
To support Omir:
1) Ring and/or email Andrew Doud, the employer who unfairly sacked omir. Phone 02 9772 2755 or email [email protected]
2) Donate to the CFMEU Fighting Fund at the site, corner of George and Charles Street, Parramatta.
3) Enrol to vote and kick the Liberals out of office at the next federal election.
4) Ring or email Glenn Palin, the NSW Manager for the John Holland Group and demand that the owner of this project intervene and ensure justice for Omir and his family. Phone 02 9553 4288 or email [email protected]
New Matilda's Human Rights Launch, Melbourne
New Matilda's Human Rights Act for Australia campaign will be holding its Melbourne launch at 4.30pm on Sunday, 13 August at the Malthouse Theatre.
Australia is the only Western nation without a Human Rights Act or constitutional equivalent. This campaign is designed to change that.
The campaign was launched in response to the appalling treatment of refugees in recent years, particularly children, and the extreme anti-terrorism laws which were hastily passed late last year. So far the campaign has held launches in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Tasmania, Canberra, Darwin and many regional centres. We have attracted support from faith based groups, legal groups, refugee rights groups, civil liberties groups and many others.
The campaign is based around a draft Human Rights Act that was prepared by a team of legal and human rights experts. The Melbourne launch will coincide with the release of the final draft of this bill, which we plan to have introduced into the federal parliament as a private member's bill before the year is out.
Susan Ryan, AO, will be chairing the event and will be joined by an engaging list of speakers including Associate Professor Spencer Zifcak, who led the drafting team, Professor Larissa Behrendt, Sharan Burrow, Julian Burnside QC, Brian Walters SC, Max Gillies and Hilary McPhee, AO.
A copy of the draft bill and more information on the campaign is available at www.humanrightsact.com.au.
Newcastle Politics In The Pub
6.30pm Tuesday August 15th 2006 Hamilton Station Hotel
Ecological or Political Decisions?
National Industrial Relations Forum 2006
Ends with cocktail evening
Fair Go From Here?
Hosted by the Australian State and Territory Governments, this one-day event provides an opportunity for employers, workers, social commentators and academics to engage in constructive and open debate about the real impact of the federal Work Choices legislation on the Australian workplace.
The forum provides an affordable opportunity to hear a balanced and broad range of views from reputed experts in academia and advocacy and will discuss the implications of the federal government's industrial relations changes examine ways of working under these changes and the implications for IR in practice and explore ways forward in the new IR environment.
Date: Thursday 24th August 2006
Conference website: www.iceaustralia.com/ir
Rally for WA Workers
Sydney rally to support workers on the Mandurah railway project. 107 workers face fines of $28,600 and legal fees under the Howard Government's new work laws for taking industrial action.
Solidarity rally: protest the prosecutions
Make Life Fair Everywhere
September 20, Wednesday,
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
Pope Talks IR
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])
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