|Issue No 8||09 April 1999|
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Angry Geeks Down Mouses in Industry First
Patrick dispute commemorated
Costa Pushes Social Audit Plan
Currawong: Majority Support But Veto Rule the Hurdle
A Firey Call: Give Currawong Back To The Unions
ACTU Braces for Reith’s Second Wave
Gordonstone Miners Come to Town
Women Take the Fight to Rio’s Front Door
Sydney Solictor Appointed ICTUR Secretary
One year on, the Howard Government's assault on the waterfront has achieved myth status.
After the War
Trouble is, many of the myths that are emerging seem to be so far removed from the events of 12 months ago that they seem more like fairytales.
Like the gushing pieces in the finance pages spouting how increases in the value of Patrick shares make Corrigan the winner.
Or the collective memory loss of the Canberra press gallery that absolve Reith from his conspiracy to cast him as a contender for the job as national leader.
What seems to have been forgotten is that the war was an attempt to break the Maritime Union and, through association, the trade union movement.
And that despite the best, most cynical advice that money could buy, that Reith and Corrigan failed to bust the MUA, who held the line backed by so many rank and filers from all working backgrounds.
Those thousands of union officials who joined picket lines around the country to support the MUA could be forgiven for thinking it was only a dream -- or a nightmare.
Until you look at the real outcome. The MUA is still representing its members, only this week negotiating a new deal for P&O workers. The union movement has been reinvigorated by its success. And people throughout this society, recognise the importance of having someone there to stand up for the little guy when injustices are perpetrated.
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