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  Issue No 63 Official Organ of LaborNet 21 July 2000  




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Taming the Tigers

By Andrew Casey

Prominent labour historian, Dr Ming Chan, is visiting Australia to report on how workers are faring in the new Hong Kong.

Unions in Hong Kong (and China) - their history and their future

Six million Chinese workers are to be laid off from state owned enterprises as China prepares itself for entry into the World Trade Organisation.

Unemployed construction workers go on a riot in Macau to protest against cheap migrant labour being brought in from across the border in mainland China.

Hong Kong public servants stage massive protests as the new China-run government plans to cut back their wages and conditions.

Hundreds killed in unsafe working conditions in mines and fireworks factories.

These are the headlines coming out of Hong Kong and China.

Prominent Hong Kong labour historian, Dr Ming Chan, is visiting Australia, and will give a talk to labour movement activists, academics and other interested members of the community.

How does the economic turmoil affect worker organisation, the labour movement in Hong Kong and China - especially as the tentacles of globalisation reaches into this huge nation.

Dr Chan works as a consultant providing support and advice to the independent trade union centre in Hong Kong - the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions.

Dr Chan is here as a guest of the IUF - the International for Hotel and Catering workers. He is the Executive Coordinator of the Hong Kong Documentary Archives, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

His talk in Sydney will be hosted by the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union.

Time: 2pm

Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2000

Place: Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union

Level 8, 187 Thomas St Haymarket.

For more information contact the Sydney office of the IUF 9264 6409


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In this issue
*  Interview: Paul Keating's Big Picture
The former Prime Minister is still painting on a broad canvass. He talks to Workers Online about the new economy, fair trade and political chi.
*  Unions: War in the West
Only six months after signing individual staff contracts, the gloss has worn off for some of BHP's Pilbara iron ore workers.
*  Environment: Farmers Fudge DNA Dangers
Farmers have missed the chance to have a meaningful debate into the use of genetically modified crops.
*  International: 'Dot Union' Proposal on the Table
ICANN, the global governing body of Internet domains, has released the following expression of interest in proposing a top-level domain for trade unions
*  Economics: Edge of the Abyss
Political economist Frank Stilwell argues that a constellation of events gives good reason to be worried about the Australian economy.
*  History: Taming the Tigers
Prominent labour historian, Dr Ming Chan, is visiting Australia to report on how workers are faring in the new Hong Kong.
*  Review: Music is Crap
It's already the second half of the first year in the new millenium. Who would have ever predicted a crisis in the popular music industry when we are at such an advanced stage ?
*  Satire: Last Kosovars Found Behind Couch
State Emergency Services personnel were called to a house in Brighton this morning, where the last five remaining Kosovar refugees have been found wedged behind a couch.

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