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  Issue No 51 Official Organ of LaborNet 28 April 2000  




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Pick a Pollie - the Truth Revealed

It's lucky that Workers Online readers are better judges of quality online publications than they are of the habits of Macquarie Street politicians.

Following our revelations that less than half of the Labor MPs invited to a briefing by Labor Council officials bothered to show up; we asked you to pick who turned up and who did not.

The offer of a souvenir Howards End T-shirt generated lots of responses, although most of them got it wrong.

MC incorrectly nominated Paul Lynch; while Stepen tried a grab-bag of nominations, but only came up with one out of six - Peter "Blackie" Black as an attendee. Not enough for a T-Shirt, MC. Mike predicted Marie Andrews, MP for Peats would not have attended - but she fronted.

Chrstine got it all wrong, with her confident prediction that Michael Egan didn't turn up, and Alison Megarrity did. You should be sending us a couple of your T-shirts for that effort!

Another zero percenter was Mark: "I'll take an educated guess and say ex-Industrial legal eagle Paul Lynch turned up and that the member for a good time, Joe Tripodi was out at lunch again stacking on the flab." You owe Joe an apology, buster!

There were some shrewder judges through: Terence correctly tipped Bryce Gaudry but dipped out by suggesting Richard Face as a no show.

Nick scored the trifecta with John Mills (MLA Wallsend) , Bryce Gaudry (Newcastle) and Jeff Shaw. Andrew was also spot on, nominating Jeff Shaw as an attendee and Carl Scully as absent.

Sharny was another sharp tipper, correctly picking Meredith Bergman as an attendee andBob Carr as an apology. Daryl correctly predicted a no-show by Bob Debus; Stephen reckoned "the great John Watkins was there". He was right. Anthony was equally as astute with his tip of President Bergman. And Ashley was another one to pick Jeff Shaw.

So we'll be sending out T-shirts to Terence, Mike, Nick, Andre, Sharny, Daryl. Anthony, Ashley and Stephen.

Wel done punters. The comp was so much fun we'll run anther one soon!


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In this issue
*  Interview: Wrestling With Reith
CPSU national secretary Wendy Caird has faced the full force of Peter Reith's attack on the federal public sector. The good news is she's still fighting.
*  Unions: The Organiser
As the nature of working life changes fundamentally, union organisers like Sally are taking up the challenge and changing too.
*  Safety: Remembering the Fallen
NSW Industrial Relations Minister Jeff Shaw's keynote address to mark the International Day of Mourning for Deaths in the Workplace.
*  History: May Day Connections
May Day as a modern working class celebration and commemoration began from the 1886 events in Chicago where workers were demonstrating for an eight hour day. But the day already had special significance for working people before then.
*  Women: Swelling the Ranks
Jenny Wright wears the honour of being the nation's first pregnant wharfie modestly. But it's not all clear sailing for this trailblazer.
*  International: Dawn Raid to Arrest Korean Union Leaders
Riot police have broken into the office of the Daewoo Motors Workers Union in Pupyung, near Seoul, and taken union leaders into custody for the "crime" of leading a militant struggle to save the jobs of Korean auto workers.
*  Satire: Angry Star City Staff Strike it Unlucky
Gamblers panicked when they discovered they were locked out of the Casino when 1800 workers walked out.
*  Review: The World of Wobbly Window Cleaners
A new book 'Reshaping the Labour Market' shines the spotlight on the impact of labour market deregulation.

»  Government to Outsource Staff Relations
»  Dial-A-Contract Hits Call Centres
»  Reith Loses Plot Over 'Bad Bargaining' Bible
»  Prayer for the Fallen Marks International Day
»  Entitlement Time-Bomb Still Ticking
»  No Joy for Southern Picket
»  Union Fighter Shapes Up For Casino Workers
»  Stopped Clock Starts Ticking at Sydney Water
»  Telstra Tangle Over 'Honest Rob'
»  A Week of May Days
»  Big Drum Up for East Timor!
»  Pick a Pollie - the Truth Revealed

»  The Soapbox
»  The Locker Room
»  Trades Hall
»  Tool Shed

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»  SOCOG Makes Another Meal Of It
»  Seeking Unionists With Blues
»  Is Red Ken So Clean?

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