||Issue No. 356||21 December 2006|
Interview: The Terminator
Industrial: Vive La Resistance
Unions: Breaking News
History: Seven Deadly Sins
Economics: Back to the Future
Politics: Organising and Organisations
International: Web Retrospective
Review: Shock Therapy
Hospital Staff Prescribe Radical Surgery
New Thinking to Transport Sydney
Check Mate - Track Your Personal Info
Lift For Unfair Dismissal Campaign
Vanstone Opens New Meat Market
All the Best
Labor Council of NSW
Workers Blood on the Walls
"Today was the day but now I think that next week will be the finish. It's ok, after all I did lose two months because of rain damage," Birgitte, Unions NSW's artist-in-residence since September 2005, says.
The 20-metre-high mural was commissioned by Unions NSW's Neale Towart and Secretary John Robertson to celebrate the achievements of the union movement and show the human face of the long struggle for fair pay and conditions.
Birgitte calls the mural a "time wall" as it chronicles milestones in the history of the union movement such as the 888 campaign for 8 hours work, rest and sleep.
The people included are a cross section of the millions of workers who have taken up tools or served their community over the last few hundred years. Towards the rear of the time wall is a woman holding her teachers certificate and represents the liberation of women, Birgitte says.
Disaster struck Birgitte's work mid-year when constant rain broke through her waterproof cover and soaked the mural. Birgitte watched despairingly as whole sheets of pain fell from the walls.
But dwelling on the past is not what Birgitte's work is about and she continued to focus on finishing the mural and its important message of the future, which is reflected in the young faces, full of hope for what lies ahead.
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