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  Issue No 94 Official Organ of LaborNet 04 May 2001  




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MEAA fundraiser, Fair Wear in the schools and another streeet protest. May Day may be over but the events keep on coming.


MEAA Rank and File Unity Team Presents

Can You Imagine Life Without Equity?

Henri Szeps,Jacki Weaver, Kristy Wright .......CAN! MC: JULIA ZEMIRO

Hosted by the absolutely fabulous Susie Carleton at her Bellevue Hotel, 159 Hargrave St Paddo

Monday 14 May 2001 6 -8PM



[email protected] prices

RSVP:MONDAY 7 MAY 2001 email:[email protected] or phone

Irena Meadows 9311 2138

Cheques payable to:MEAA Rank and File Unity Team c/o PO BOX 641 Broadway 2007 (no credit cards accepted).

Fair Wear Alliance

The Fair School Wear campaign is conducting a training day in May for students and staff interested in social justice. Called 'Speaking Out for Justice', the day will comprise information sessions and workshops aimed at giving participants the tools to become actively involved in the campaign to end the exploitation of clothing outworkers in Australia.

Speaking Out for Justice will be held at Strathfield on Tuesday 22nd May, 2001 and represents a unique opportunity for participants to gain skills in areas including: public speaking, drama and street theatre, influencing people, creative publicity and using the media.

If you have contacts in school communities, please spread the word about the training day. For further details about the programme and registration process, see the attached Training Day Flyer, visit the Fair Wear web site ( or contact the Fair Wear office (02) 9380 9091 for more details.

CHOGM 'The Queen of England's Trading Bloc'

Following on from the success of anti capitalist protests such as those in Seattle, Prague, Quebec, Melbourne and this May Day in Sydney a group of trade unionists, students, environmentalist, indigenous people, Christians, human rights and animal rights activists have called for a broad coalition of people and organisations to picket CHOGM 2001 in Brisbane later this year.

A public meeting has been called for 7pm Thursday May the 10th in The Abraham Mott Community Hall, Argyle Street The Rocks. Anyone interested in understanding what is going on at the World Economic Forum or it precursor the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting is invited to attend.

CHOGM is held every two years and includes the 34 heads of state of every commonwealth country. This years CHOGM has been called to thrash out a platform

to open up the provision of public services such as health, education and emergency services to business and force through the privatisation of core government functions on communities that simply cannot afford and do not want a market driven society.

If you have an interest in what is driving the economic rationalism and enormous social and environmental dislocation we are experiencing then this is the meeting for you.

Everyone is welcome and enquiries can be directed to:

mailto:[email protected]


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In this issue
*  Interview: Global Action
The CFMEU has been a world leader in fighting the war on global corporations. John Maitland has been one of the generals.
*  Unions: Sisters United
In her May Day address, Bus Union state president Pat Ryan looks at the role women have played in the labour movement.
*  Politics: M1 and the Trade Unions
Phil Davey was one of the forces behind S11 but chose to sit out M1. He looks at this week's action.
*  History: Il Duce Roberto?
His modern-day fan club might not like it, but Rowan Cahill argues wartime PM Robert Menzies sailed close to the winds of Fascism.
*  International: Cuban Call for Global Labour Rights
An international meeting of union representatives in Cuba has vowed to start a campaign to defend workers rights from the effects of globalisation.
*  Economics: The G-Word
ACTU President Sharan Burrow asks if there's a better way forward for global trade.
*  Media: Birth Of A Nation
East Timor's young journalists are struggling with language barriers and technical difficulties most Australian media professionals wouldn't be able to comprehend. But they're keen and eager to learn.
*  Review: The Tremulous Hopes of the Fifties
Behind the the good times mythology of the 1950s was a desperate quest for the ordinary.
*  Satire: Teen Angst Poems a “Danger”
The Teen Angst Gun Massacre Affair has broadened, with staff at the NSW Department of Education revealing that “gangs of conspirators” have been found operating out of high school poetry competitions.

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