|Issue No 78||17 November 2000|
Souths or Bust!
By HT Lee
80,000 footie fans took to the streets to support South Sydney--double the number which turned up last year.
Not all were Souths supporters but these young and old, men, women and children, people from various ethnic backgrounds, blue collar and white collar workers were all united in a common cause. Their concern--the highjacking of their game by cooperate greed. Their message to the NRL--they want their game back.
CMFEU assistant secretary Brian Parker, a Souths supporter, and one of the many union officials acting as rally marshalls was pleased with the tremendous turnout.
'At the end of the day the people will not put up with big corporation dictating terms to a working class game,' Brian said.
South Sydney has vowed to fight on--their fight has just began.
The NRL should take note of the peoples' wishes by reinstating South and return the game back to the people.
If the NRL don't get its head out of the cooperate sandpit and let Souths back, rugby league will be finished as the peoples game within 10 years.
For a start the 80,000 protesters will walk away and many more will follow.
Interview: Doubly Blessed
With that unforgettable name, Grace Grace is making her mark as the first female secretary of the Queensland trade union movement.
Unions: On The Line
Trade unions this week entered a landmark partnership with the call centre industry to improve the quality jobs in this growing sector.
History: Conspiracy or Class? The Whitlam Sacking
Never trust a man who wears a top hat and tails in Australia, in Summer. Neale Towart considers this and other evidence of conspiracy in the great shonky dismissal.
Legal: Return Of The Lock-out
Marian Baird reports on the increasing tendency of aggressive employers to use lock-outs to reduce wages and conditions and promote individual agreements.
Activists: Waterfront Hero Bows Out
John Coombs, the man the government compared to Ned Kelly - villain to the bosses, the big land owners and conservatives, folk hero to working Australians - bows out of the union movement next month.
International: Morocco Stonewalls In Western Sahara
Morocco has new king but its old game plan of defying world opinion over its occupation of the Western Sahara continues.
Review: The Identity-Shifting Pragmatist
If New Zealand should have an Australian as its first Labour Prime Minister, then it is only fitting that Australia should have as its first a man who spent much of his formative years across the ditch.
Satire: Hackers Infect Microsoft Computers With Mysterious Windows Virus
SEATTLE, Thursday: Shame-faced workers at Microsoft admitted today that hackers had succeeded in penetrating their network's defences and had installed a sophisticated virus on the Apple Macintosh machines used across the software giant's operations.
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