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Interview: Minority Report
New federal ALP industrial relations spokesman Stephen Smith on the hostilities in store for the labour movement.

Industrial: Girl Power
Tim Brunero looks at how women are making their mark in a once-male dominated trade.

Unions: Made in NZ
Jim Marr looks behind the rhetoric to uncover what the Howard Government has in store for Australian workers.

History: Spirit for a Fair Go
Paddy Gorman looks at the importance of Eureka on the Australian political psyche.

Economics: Fool's Gold
Tom Bramble identifies some contradictions in Howard's economic miracle.

Politics: Worth Fighting For
One of the Left's most influential figures of the last 40 years gives his theory of power ...

Health: The Force Behind Medibank
Public health has always been a core activity for the union movement, writes Neale Towart

Legal: Robust Justice
Former ACTU executive member and textile union leader Anna Booth argues that Alternate Dispute Resolution is one way around the looming assault on union rights.

International: After the Revolution
Has China entered a post-revolutionary phase - and where will it take the world, asks James Goodman

Poetry: The Sound of Unions
Ah, the hills are alive, with The Sound of Unions, muses resident bard, David Peetz

Review: Bad Santa
Billy Bob Thornton's newest role puts the 'nick' in Saint Nicholas and reveals the Satan in Santa, writes Tara de Boehmler.


New Matilda
How Labor Lost the Plot
In his contribution to Australia's new political zine 'New Matilda' , Father Michael kelly argues the ALP is in search of a soul.

The Soapbox
Outside the Tent
Labor exile Lindsay Tanner is warning the ALP to be careful who it gets into bed with.

The Locker Room
Sons Of Beaches
Phil Doyle gets the perfect wave, and waves back

The Westie Wing
150 years since the struggle at Eureka, the fight to achieve social justice, equality and responsible government is just as vital as ever in the neo-conservative Australia, writes Ian West.

Postcard from Harare
Ken Davis, from Union Aid Abroad, on how unions are at the forefront in the battle for democracy in Zimbabwe


Moral Majority
Unions NSW is currently hosting one of the world�s great thinkers in Robert Reich; academic, commentator and Clinton labour secretary; a man with a mind as big as the dilemmas progressive politics face right now.


 Moral Crusade to Save Family

 20 Dead � Stockmarket Applauds

 Karen Gives Howard a Paint Job

 Buckeridge Bill Blocks Entry

 Casual Beach Closures

 Railworkers Scull Costa

 Racism in the Dock

 Go Home Alone � And Other Survival Tips

 Vet Beats Bullet

 Cleaners Clean Up

 Weekend Work Wiped

 Miners Go to the Movies

 Feds Attack Low Paid

 Activists What's On!

 Leadership Skills
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The Sound of Unions

Ah, the hills are alive, with The Sound of Unions, muses resident bard, David Peetz

**************** THE SOUND OF UNIONS

Yes, Rodgers and Hammerstein managed to put together some great tunes, and they had a pertinent theme - the escape from tyranny. But their lyrics were updated for the dilemmas facing 21st century workers, at the International Colloquium on Union Renewal, held in Montreal last month. We won't take you through the whole show, but resident bard David Peetz has passed on two emblematic songs - one with the question, and one with an answer...

(Tune: How do you solve a problem like Maria?)

How do we solve the problem of the unions?
What do we do, it's getting pretty tough?
How do we find a word that means the unions?
The voice of the masses?
A bit of mess?

Many a reason workers need the unions
Many a thing they need unions to do?
But how do we make them stay?
They leave after just a day
How do we make them stick to us like glue?
How do you solve the problem of the unions?
How on earth do we get out of this stew?

(Tune: Edelweiss)

Organise, organise,
Every worker who meets you
Black and white, noisy and quiet
They'll be happy to greet you
Consciousness flows and it blooms and grows
The workers will lose their fetters
Organise, organise, things will start to get better

Mobilise, mobilise
The community as well
Use the press, do not rest
And you can give the boss hell
Consciousness flows and it blooms and grows
The workers will lose their fetters
Mobilise, mobilise, things will start to get better

------------------------------------------------------ And it being Qu�bec, of course, it had to be done in French as well! Thanks to the fine translation efforts of Elisabeth Woods, we now have something you can sing along to when you tire of Alouette and La Marseilles...


Quelles solutions au d�fi des syndicats?
Probl�me complexe, comment faire pour le r�gler ?
Quel mot pour exprimer ce qui ne va pas?
La voix de la masse ?
S'�teint tranquillement...
Comment !!?

Les raisons, se multiplient pour se syndiquer
Quel nouveau r�le le syndicat doit t-il occuper ?
Comment s'assurer de le garder ?
Il quitte si vite !
Comment lui permettre de prendre racine chez nous?
Probl�me complexe, pas �vidant � r�gler !
Comment faire ? Vite, vite, aidez nous !


Organise, organise,
Chaque travailleur sur ton chemin
Blanc ou noir, muet ou fort
Tous seront contents de te voir
Consciences qui se r�veillent, s'�veillent
De leur joug, travailleurs se lib�rent
Organise, organise c'est si facile � faire !

Mobilise, mobilise
Dans la communaut� surtout
Les m�dias comme alli�s,
Publicisons partout !
Consciences qui se r�veillent, s'�veillent
De leur joug, confr�res se lib�rent
Mobilise, Mobilise, c'est si facile � faire !


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