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  Issue No 99 Official Organ of LaborNet 15 June 2001  

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A rural forum, the latest Strewth launch and oodles of international solidarity action are all on this week's activist agenda.

Regional Australia Deserves a Pay Rise

The TWU is holding a community forum in Orange to highlight the reasons Regional Australia deserves a pay rise.

The forum will be held on June 16, 2001 from 11.00am - 1.00pm in the Auditorium of Orange City Bowling Club, Warrendine Street, Orange.

A bus will be provided on the day to take people from Lithgow, Oberon and Bathurst.

An Evening in the Sahara:

The Honourable Janelle Saffin MLC, President of the New South Wales Parliamentary Amnesty Group, cordially invites you and a guest to attend an "Evening in the Sahara" at NSW Parliament House.

The night will include cocktails, surprises, and a rare exhibition and auction of photographs taken live at the Saharawi refugee camps. All monies raised will go to help the women and children whose rights continue to be violated in the Western Sahara.

Special guest speaker will be Mr. Kamal Fadel, POLISARIO representative in Australia.

He will be joined by:

* Honourable Justice John Dowd AO,

* Senator Lyn Allison Democrat Senator for Victoria,

* Mr. David Raper, President of Amnesty International NSW Branch

Wednesday June 20, 2001 6.00pm. for 6.30pm.

The Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Tickets - $45.00 Each (Please contact Tracy on the number below if concession is required)

RSVP - Tel: (02) 9230-3306

Media inquiries: Margherita Tracanelli 0407-911 429

Please see attachment which is an example of the beautiful photographs by UK photographer Danielle Smith that will be auctioned

Biomass Forum - Earthworker Alliance

Wednesday June 20, 7pm, NSW Parliament Theatrette

Since the Federal Government passed renewable energy legislation late last year, the burning of Biomass of forest products has become a hot topic in the environmental debate.

The purpose of this forum is to examine the issues that the legislation raises, hoping to build a consensus between the workers and their unions and the environmental movement.

Speakers:

- Craig Smith, secretary NSW forestry division, CFMEU

- Glen Klatovsky, The Wilderness Society

- Lee Rhiannon, Greens MLC

- Daniel Beaver, Forest Action network

More details call Shane Marshall on 9287 9387

Strewth Launch

You are invited to the launch of STREWTH! #7 The "We Blame You" issue.

When : Thursday 21st June, 6pm till late

Where : The Gaelic Club, 64 Devonhire Street, Surry Hills

Special guests : - Beer Swilling Songstress CHRISTA HUGHES, -People's Poet TUG DUMBLY, - Special guest band LOVE ME

$10 entry fee includes Issue #7 of Strewth! Enjoy the cheap beer and free conversation.

Solidarity with Korean Construction Workers

12 noon, Wednesday June 20

32 Martin Place, Sydney - Outside South Korean Consulate

Korean construction and transport workers are involved in a bitter battle for recognition of a trade union for ready mix truck drivers. The employers have refused to recognise their union and negotiate any collective enterprise agreement.

Dozens of workers have been based and detained by thugs engaged by the employers and by riot police. There are presently hundreds of workers involved in a sit-in outside National parliament appealing to the government to intervene and assist their struggle for justice. Many workers have been on strike since April.

The Korean unions and workers re calling for international trade union solidarity.

Women of Burma Day

You're invited to celebrate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's Birthday

Tues June 19 2001 12-2p.m.at a birthday party at NSW Parliament hosted by Janelle Saffin MLC

We will also be celebrating Women of Burma Day and ACTU President will launch the Australian Women Friends of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, who says: Please use your liberty to help promote ours*

Please bring a plate. RSVP to Janelle Saffin*s office on 9230-3306/2235

9th Annual Labour Law Conference

Examining legal issues impacting on employee relations

Presented by ACIRRT & Law School, University of Sydney

Half-day Conference, 28 June 2001, 9.00am-1.00pm Venue: Euro-Asia Rex Hotel, Potts Point, Sydney.

The conference will provide delegates with detailed analyses of several of the critical legal issues that will impact on the employment and management of workers in Australia in the coming year. The presenters at this year's conference are some of the most experienced lawyers in their field and this important half day event should not be missed by anyone interested in the practical implications of labour law.

Topics and presenters:

- Privacy laws and what they mean for employee relations - Prof Ron McCallum, University of Sydney

- Fitness for duty and the responsibility of employers - Kylie Nomchong & Jim Nolan, Barristers

- Informed consent in agreement making Iain Ross, AIRC

- New OHS laws for NSW: continuity, change and likely impacts - Jeff Shaw, Barrister

- Developments in the protection of employee entitlements - Joellen Riley, University of Sydney

- Employee benefits and the impact of tax laws - Sonya Greeves, Solicitor, Blake Dawson Waldron

Cost: $490.00 per delegate

Details: 02 9351 5626 or mailto:[email protected]

Program details are available on ACIRRT's website at http:// www.acirrt.com

DROP THE DEBT MARCH & RALLY

SUNDAY JULY 22nd starting 1 pm

to coincide with the G8 summit in Genoa where debt is high on the agenda.

The March will begin from the

Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park and end in First Fleet Park where there will be music including African drumming band and speakers including Fr Brian Gore.

Participants are encouraged to wear red and black and to carry either placards or large white crosses in memory of those people who are dying because their governments are compelled by the international community to spend more on servicing debt than on health.

Please also note e-mail action below.

Contact person: Anne Lanyon 0409-190-467


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
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*  Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
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*  Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
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*  Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
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*  International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
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*  History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
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*  Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
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*  Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
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*  Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.
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