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Workers to Float Down Oxford Street

By Alison Peters

Unionists will again be marching in the annual Mardi Gras Parade on the March 3 to show their support for lesbian and gay workers and to promote fair workplaces that are free of discrimination and harassment.

Mardi Gras is a huge event on Sydney's calendar with hundreds of thousands watching the Parade as it makes its way up Oxford Street. The Parade has evolved over the years but retains its identity as a demonstration for civil and human rights.

With such an enormous audience it is a perfect opportunity for the union movement to express its support for these ideals - ideals that are also the foundation of the union movement .

The union movement has been participating in the Parade for the last few years. Each year our contingent gets bigger and our float gets more elaborate. This year's effort will feature a politician that has had a huge impact on workers and unions. Finishing touches are being made to what will be a great float.

All union members are encouraged to participate in the Parade, irrespective of their sexuality. If you want to be part of Mardi Gras meet at Trades Hall Inn in Goulburn Street at 5.30pm on Saturday the 3rd March and wear something red.

For more information contact Robyn Fortescue on 0419 405 885 or Alison Peters on 9264 1691.


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*  Interview: Tony Abbott – Workers' Friend?
The new Workplace Relations minister relives his own union background and explains why he’s really just another worker at heart. Honestly.
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*  Politics: The Politics of Petrol
Australia might be burning, but is it a fire that can be brought under control?
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*  Organising: The Battle of Campsie
SDA delegate Maria Kavaratzis recounts how the Campsie Big W has been transformed into a union shop.
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*  History: Scabbing Through the Ages
Neale Towart looks back at how popular culture has treated those workers who have not considered themselves part of the collective.
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*  International: Diary of a Showdown
The Korean Metal Workers Federation recounts a week which culminated in violent attacks on workers outside the Daewoo factory.
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*  Economics: Debt Dumping Campaign Enters New Phase
The millennial deadline might have passed, but Jubilee 2000 is not giving up the fight for debt cancellation for the world’s fifty-two poorest countries.
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*  Health: The Real Drug Wars
As Africa attempts to deal with the HIV crisis, access to the medicines that can relieve victims’ suffering is emerging as a major humanitarian issue.
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*  Satire: Liberals Claim Triumph in Queensland
John Howard has claimed the Liberal Party’s decimation in Western Australia and Queensland as a triumphant vindication of his party’s embracing of the national competition policy.
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*  Review: Beyond a White Australia
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