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Issue No. 334 24 November 2006  

It’s Who The Economy Works For, Stupid
As the movement prepares for the National Day of Action on November 30, we embark on the third, final and, perhaps most difficult phase of the Rights at Work campaign.


Interview: Common Ground
Nature Conservation Council director Cate Faehrmann on the fight against global warming and how unions and greens can learn from each other.

Industrial: A Low Act
The Low Paid. The Fair Pay Commission knows who pays them. We can do something about it as they will not.

Unions: The Number of the Least
Forget 666 - 457 is looming as the scariest number for Aussie workers and their families, Jim Marr writes.

Politics: The Smoking Gun
Hayek's henchman, Raplph Harris, goes to free market heaven, writes Evan Jones

Economics: Microcredit, Compulsory Superannuation and Inequality
They are supposed to ensure the wealth of well-being of individuals. Whats wrong with that? asks Neale Towart

Environment: Low Voltage
Nuclear Power and Prime Ministerial pronouncements are seriously short of a few volts, wrties Neal Towart

History: The Art of Social Justice
Tom Martin was a terrific cartoonist and part of a great tradition in labour movement history and culture, swrties Neale Towart.

Review: Work’s Unhealthy Appetite
It pays the bills – usually – but going to work should come with a warning, wrties Jackie Woods.

Culture: A Forgotten Poet
There is little information on the public record about the radical working class poet Ernest Antony, writes Rowan Cahill.


 OWS: Cash for Query Scam

 Watchdog Bites Own Pups

 Silver Lining to Qantas Storm

 Wages Heading South Under WorkChoices

 Hardies Finally Coughs Up

 Face Up to Save Harbour

 STOP PRESS: Workers Docked for Meeting Pollies

 Telstra Redundancies ‘Inhumane’

 AWAs Carpeted

 Contracts Shut Down

 ILO Gets Tough on Forced Labour

 Houston Win Sparks Hope for New Era

 Full List of November 30 Venues


The Soapbox
Robbo Goes Green
John Robertson's speech to the Walk Against Warming

The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a look at a former public institution and its contribution to NSW.

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Face Up to Save Harbour

The maritime union is calling on Sydneysiders to put their faces to a historic ‘pictition’ – a photographic collage with a mission to protect the working harbour.

The pictition’s aim is to stop the closure of Sydney as a working harbour and highlight the negative social and environmental impacts of the plan to move port operations to Port Kembla and Newcastle.

The final image, made from up to 63,000 2cm high portraits, will form a picture of the entrance to Sydney Harbour.

The planned transfer of port operations to Port Kembla and Newcastle would have significant social impact, said the MUA's Warren Smith.

"Hundreds of jobs would be directly lost, then it would have a knock-on effect to industries that support shipping in Sydney Harbour.

"Sydney has always been a working harbour and we believe it should continue as a working harbour.

Climate change is another issue raised by the Save Sydney Harbour campaign - supported by community groups, unions and some shipping companies.

Moving port operations out of Sydney would mean a large increase in trucking movements to Sydney, increasing greenhouse and other emissions.

The faces in the picture will represent the 85% of Sydneysiders found by a Newspoll survey to oppose the impacts of trucking cargo back to Sydney, the loss of working port facilities and the loss of public land to commercial development.

The final image - to be based on John Beard's award-winning painting 'The Gap' - will be unveiled at the Sydney Town Hall in February before being placed in an art gallery or museum.

To add your face to the pictition, send digital images to [email protected] or mail photos to Art, 127 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000.


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