|Issue No 62||14 July 2000|
Letters to the Editor
Fair Trade - Australia Would be Hit Too!
A few more thoughts on "fair trade".
If countries that deny human rights are to be hit by trade restrictions, Australia must be included. After all, look at the treatment of Aborigines. If countries that restrict workers' rights are to face special tariffs, Australia can't escape. Look at Reith's anti-union laws.
But rather than promote nationalist trade wars, we would do much better to support internationalist initatives such as union training and solidarity action for our fellow unionists in the third world. This will actually help them. "Social tariffs" will just put them out of a job.
Interview: Fair Trader
AMWU boss Doug Cameron is gearing for a showdown with the ALP over their free trade agenda. But what's he really on about?
Politics: Free Trader
Trade Minister Peter Cook states his case for coninuting trade liberalisation and why the 'fair trade' agenda is against the interests of Australian workers.
History: Organising - Fifties Style
What do the new wave of organisers do? Pretty much the same hard slog that Audrey Petrie did in the 1950s around Sydney for the Hotel, Club and Restaurant Union (HCRU).
Unions: The Whistleblower
A lone Chinese seafarer is fighting to stop a Panamanian flagged vessel from dumping toxic waste into Australian waters
International: Jakarta Breakthrough
Indonesian workers have just won a new historic bill of rights which gaurantees them legal protections when they form unions.
Solidarity: Rio Versus the Rest of the World
Union members around the world have taken part in a week of international action against the mining giant Rio Tinto. Andrew Casey looks at all the hot spots.
Satire: Amnesty Branch Targets Lazy Letter Writer
Police are investigating claims that the Glebe branch of Amnesty International has captured and tortured a member whose tardiness in letter writing had become renowned.
Review: Little by Little
Clinton Walker's groundbreaking book, CD and video charts the careers of indigenous artists like the legendary Jimmy Little.
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