||Issue No. 333||17 November 2006|
Interview: Common Ground
Industrial: A Low Act
Unions: The Number of the Least
Politics: The Smoking Gun
Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
Environment: Low Voltage
History: The Art of Social Justice
Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
Culture: A Forgotten Poet
NSW Swings to Rights
Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, welcomed the establishment of the 42nd and 43 committee - based in the Sutherland Shire and Sydney's Northside - this week.
"These are not groups we have gone out and established," he said. "They are being established in the community because of a genuine desire to get involved and make a difference.
Sutherland Shire Your Rights at Work committee rep, Maryanne Stuart, said her group was established at a meeting of more than 80 people on October 4.
It came out at the Gymea Village Community Fair where hundreds of locals signed onto an activists register and added their names to an anti-WorkChoices petition.
"We've got people from all backgrounds and all political affiliations," she said. "They are there to fight the good fight and get rid of this government."
Your Rights at Work Committees began springing up across the state in the wake of ground-breaking NSW bus trips around regional centres, last July.
They vary in size from half a dozen people to more than 80 activists.
Bathurst, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Lindsay and Lismore are all home to active, high-profile committees.
Some are targeting marginal seats in the build-up to next year's federal election while others are campaigning around WorkChoices.
Robertson told Unions NSW delegates, the move had gone national with the establishment of 23 marginal seats committees around Australia.
"But this campaign isn't solely about the next election," he said. "It's about people getting involved in the political process and holding politicians, of all shades, to account.
"It's good for our campaign and it's good for democracy."
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