|Issue No 81||08 December 2000|
Bussies Buck Up Over Lane Cheats
Sydney bus drivers are threatening to take industrial action next week over the failure of authorities to police bus-only transit lanes.
The drivers, members of the rail, Tram and Bus Union, have been seeking a meeting with NSW POlice Minister Paul Whelan for several weeks.
The drivers say that motorists are flouting the law and putting extra pressure on them to meet their timetables.
Worst areas are through the city, the Harbour Bridge, Epping Highway and Pacific Highway.
"We've been trying to get these lanes policed since 1997 and we're told there's not enough police to do the jobs," bus driver and RTBU delegate Bob Weir says.
"The timetables presume we get a free run through the bus-only lanes, but the lanes are clogged with cars that shouldn't be there.
"We're now at the point where enough is enough - we've been talking about this for years and it's time for some action."
Interview: Back to Work
After a stretch of unemployment following the 1996 election, former Keating Minister Robert Tickner is now helping others find work.
Media: Reality Check
Aiden White, head of the international journalists' union, argues that online journalism presents a new set of challenges for organising.
Economics: In the Same Boat
In an unprecedented move, a coalition of industry, community and trade union groups have joined forces to address long-trerm unemployment.
International: Nepalese Hotel Workers Ask for Support
Hotel workers in the small Himalayan nation of Nepal have finally decided to vent their anger and call a general strike for Monday - over a 21 year old dispute.
Unions: Speaking in Tongues
Labor Council's Mark Morey outlines the successful campaign by local government workers for a community language allowance.
History: Fighting Words
The anti-conscription campaign of 1914-18 tore the ALP apart; but this was not the first time the labour movement took a militantly anti-war stance.
Politics: A New Socialism
In an extract from his new book, political economist Frank Stilwell argues the need for a new radicalism to counter the Third Way
Satire: Roy Slaven on the Rampage
John Doyle's history of the ABC stretches back to a 1958 evening in Lithgow on which he was "scared shitless" by Blackboard on Mr Squiggle.
Review: Mauled in the Bear Pit
Vengeance may be sweet but it is always made better when you are able to write a book about yourself that also provides the opportunity to dump a bucket load on those who undertook your removal.
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