|Issue No 43||24 February 2000|
Mardi Gras to Pay Tribute to Jennie
Union participants in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will pay tribute to outgoing ACTU president Jennie George for her contribution to 'industrial glamour'.
Organisers of the trade union float have made a giant effigy of George the centrepiece of their float. She will be surrounded by dozens of beefy blokes in Peter Reith masks.
Co-ordinator and AMWU official Robyn Fortescu says the choice of Jennie George was an obvious one.
"To the ordinary unionist Jennie is a very important figure - people love her and she's been a big supporter of gay and lesbian workers," Fortescu says.
"She's played a major role in pushing our interests in the broader movement. We'll miss her and this is our way of saying thank you."
If you want to march with the union contingent, meet at the Trades Hall Tavern at 5.30pm on March 4. Wear something red (not a book). For further details contact Robyn Fortescu on mailto:[email protected]
Chant Competition: have you got a better chant that "the workers united will never be defeated"? If you do, email here are you could win a special collectors Mardi Gras T-short
Rights Brochure Launched
Meanwhile, Unions NSW has launched a brochure explaining gay and lesbian right in the workplace.
It involves a guide to the practical steps they can take to organise themselves in the workplace as well as outlining legal rights and contacts.
The brochure will be distributed through NSW workplaces and well as gay and lesbian groups. Call Deirdre Mahoney on 9286 1631 to order copies.
Interview: Parting Gestures
Outgoing ACTU president Jennie George looks back on her time at the helm and charts some challenges for young women in the union movement.
Unions: While We Were Sleeping
It’s been a long hot summer for Australian workers - from the showdown in the Pilbara to the victorious National Textile workers. We look at the stories Workers Online missed while we were in the banana chair.
Media: Freudian Slips
The coverage of Jennie George’s final days as ACTU President were a case study in the art of psycho-tabloid.
Legal: Cookies’ Fortune
The breakaway union led by a man personally backed by the Prime Minister has been refused registration in a ruling that raises questions over the whole enterprise.
Politics: True Deceivers
In his controversial new book, Andrew Scott argues that Labor's rhetoric has outstripped its achievements.
Review: Rebel With a Cause
A new Michael Moore has emerged at the frontline of subversive television. His technique? Combining organising with silly suits.
Satire: Victorian ALP shock: "Apparently We're in Power!"
A recent survey conducted by the Victorian State ALP has revealed that the party is in government.
International: Right Hand Drive
The rise of the extreme Right in Austria carries some important lessons for our own society.
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