|Issue No 41||26 November 1999|
Letters to the Editor
'Union Bosses' Hurt the Workers
"Union Bosses" as used by Peter Reith in an attempt to divide union members from their leadership. Also used to deride the electyed leaders in the eyes of the public generally.
Shorter Oxford describes "boss" as a master, manager or overseer. Unqualified, "boss" is a negative term. This ply has been used in Canada and the USE for many years. I worked there for 35 years. "Why do you need a third party to act on your behalf?" "My door is always open" are also pro forma devices used by the anti-union bodies in North America.
It's an uphill battle, I know. But good luck.
Interview: A Bob Each Way
ALP tactician Bob McMullan is responsible for charting Labor industry policy into the next millennium. He tells us where he’s heading.
Unions: Organiser of the Year
Just ten days to go before entries close for our $2000 air ticket. Here’s another nomination.
History: Labour Daze
A report from the 6th National Biennial Conference of the Australian Society For The Study Of Labour and Community.
Politics: Tomorrow’s Questions
While the turn of the century sees Sydney play host to the Olympic games, the International Youth Parliament 2000 will bring world focus to contemporary issues facing young people.
Health: Red Ribbons
December 1, World AIDS Day has a special place in the history of the AIDS pandemic.
International: Organised Chaos
Persistent rumours are floating around Jakarta that the former boss of the official pro-Soeharto Indonesian trade union movement is about to be charged with corruption.
Economics: Seattle Numbers Grow for WTO Protest
News of the agreement to smooth China’s entry to the World Trade Organisation has created its own "China Syndrome" for organisers of the Seattle WTO event.
Satire: Too Many Media Players!
The Productivity Commission has issued a report calling for the abolition of existing cross-media ownership laws.
John Birmingham has lifted the lid on Sydney’s shady past - and found trade unions to be at the centre of the sordid tales.
Deface a Face: Reith Loses His Shine
With his Second Wave looking more like a splash in the bath-tub, Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith still reigns as the union movement’s favourite bogeyman.
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