|Issue No 64||28 July 2000|
Fair Traders Call for World Where People Matter
By Noel Hester
Labor leaders - former and present - may think they're talking rubbish about fair trade but rank and file unionists refuse to be cowed.
On the eve of the Labor Party conference a large contingent- mainly from the manufacturing and construction sectors - served up notice outside Bob Carr's office on Wednesday that they, and their message, aren't going away.
Addressing the 2000 strong crowd, State Secretary of the AMWU, Paul Bastian, made it clear manufacturing workers are ready for robust debate - and action.
'There should be a freeze on tariff reductions until there is a social audit on the effects of free trade,' he said.
'We're going to continue to hold politicians accountable for their ineptitude on industry policies.'
Bastian also returned the flak the AMWU has received from some sections of the ALP. 'The ALP hasn't lost the arrogance that coughed us up to Reith and his like,' he said.
While complimenting the Carr Government for increasing expenditure on infrastructure in a post-Olympics world Bastian said they could do a lot more and blasted the lost opportunities and the secrecy surrounding the Olympics.
'We've seen the rorts coming out of SOCOG and the Olympics. The loss of jobs in the textile industry as clothing contracts go offshore. The printing of tickets went to the USA.. 95% of the musicians at the Olympics will come from overseas.'
Fronting up for the ACTU, new President Sharan Burrows threw her weight behind the fair trade campaign.
'It's a noble cause. We want to put people back into economic planning throughout the world. We want industry planning and community planning. We want fair trade in a world where people matter.'
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