|Issue No 93||27 April 2001|
Activists Notebook: Workers of the World Unite
For over a century workers around the world have gathered together on May Day (1st May) to celebrate working people's lives and their ongoing campaign for justice.
This year will be no different with unionists taking to the streets of Sydney to show their support for the struggle of all workers.
Rally for Global Justice
Unionists will join with students and other community groups at lunch time on May Day to protest against corporate exploitation and government penny pinching. The rally will take place at 1pm, Tuesday 1st May at Martin Place. For more info check out the Global Justice Coalition website at http://www.geocities/globaljusticecoalition
A Toast to May Day
The traditional May Day toast will be held on 1st May between 6 and 11pm at the South Sydney Leagues Club, 256 Chalmers Street, Redfern. Speakers are John Robertson, John Sutton, Pat O'Shane and, by popular request, an encore performance by Bob Ellis. The organisers are asking those attending for a $15 donation. For further details contact the May Day Committee on 9264 5024.
May Day March
This year's May Day march will be on Sunday May 6th starting from Hyde Park North with participants assembling at 11am to march at 12 noon to Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour. Show your solidarity with other workers and bring your family and friends (and a picnic) for a great day out with speakers and entertainment. Contact the May Day Committee on 9264 5024 for more details.
This is only what's happening in Sydney. Other events are planned for Wollongong and Newcastle. Contact the South Coast Labour Council (telephone 4229 2888) or Newcastle Trades Hall Council (telephone 4929 1162) for the details.
Corporate: The Jobs Myth
Access Economics' Chris Richardson debunks employer claims that increased workers compensation premiums have a dramatic impact on jobs.
Interview: The Workers’ Voice
When trade union stalwart Ian West took a seat in the NSW Upper House he was determined to be more than a bench-warmer. Then the Workers Comp legislation hit.
Unions: Postcard from the Pilbara
In the face of unprecedented pressure, BHP workers in the Pilbara are standing together and refusing to sign individual cotnracts.
Economics: Currency Unification: Dollarize or Die?
Dick Bryan asks what happens to an economy when it gives up its domestic currency.
History: Instant History
In his address to the Australian Labour History Conference, the SMH's Brad Norington asks whether there is still time for history.
International: The End of an Era?
The post-Cold War era is over. Something different is developing to take its place. John Passant writes.
Media: The Battle for Aunty
The CPSU's Graeme Thompson ouitlines the campaign to save the ABC and this week's emergency share-holders' meeting.
Review: Share-Holder Nation
A legacy of government-backed privatisations, demutualisations and stockmarket hype over the past decade is the creation of a nation of shareholders.
Satire: SOS: Save the Investment Banker!
Spare a thought for those less fortunate With redundancies at investment banks around the globe looming, now is the time for us to show the world just how much we care. It's just not right.
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