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By Ian Powell The New Zealand National government's Employment Contracts Act, which removed legal recognition from unions, became law on 15 May. From Wellington, IAN POWELL describes how workers are faring in the new situation. Prior to the
By Kevin Healy A week when the future of the working class hinged on one vote, between Stephen Loosely-a-socialist and Barry Pick-a-box, all because someone didn't pick a box, or picked the wrong box, or whatever. Having got that piece of critical
'Make the union irrelevant' By Keith Locke AUCKLAND — Australians should be worried about New Zealand's anti-union legislation crossing the Tasman. The first company to conduct a national campaign against unions under the Employment
Blake escape pair free A British jury has acquitted veteran peace activists Michael Randall and Patrick Pottle on charges arising from their role in the escape of double agent George Blake from jail. Randall and Pottle told the court they acted on
Gail Lord What keeps the sacked workers at Vista Paper Products, in the outer Sydney suburb of Emu Plains, cheerful and determined on the picket line after nearly four months? The workers have been locked out since March 4 by an employer demanding
By Elayne Rapping Watching this amazing documentary of Madonna's "Blond Ambition" tour, I thought constantly of Bob Dylan. That's not as weird as it sounds. In 1965, at the height of Dylan's equally fantastic, culture-changing career, D.A.
By Tom Jordan According to the new South African newspaper The Objector, Douglas Torr, a conscientious objector to military service, had his jail sentence set aside in the Rand Supreme Court on May 20 and will now only have to do community
Work for the dole: it's already here While parliamentarians of all persuasions flirt with various work-for-dole schemes, one section of the population has been living with it for 15 years. Aborigines in many remote communities and even some urban
MELBOURNE — In another round of union action against draconian job cuts promised by the Kirner Labor government, members of the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association working in the state's school support centres struck for one day on June 27. At
A commission of inquiry sponsored by the three main organisations in the French peace movement (Appeal of the 75, Peace Now, and Forum for a Just Peace in the Middle East) visited Iraq in mid-May. The independent commission of 15 was supported by
Swiss women fold their arms "Women fold their arms, the country loses its feet", was the slogan that mobilised 200,000 Swiss women — the country's biggest ever demonstration — on June 14. They were among the estimated half million women who
By Norm Dixon The Melbourne-based Philippines Resource Centre (PRC) has called on the Australian government to direct emergency aid for victims of the Mt Pinatubo volcano eruption through Community Aid Abroad to the non-government, volunteer-based
By wendy Robertson and Elle Morell East Timor — Keeping the Flame Alive Canberra: Australian Council for Overseas Aid 1991 33 pp. $3.00 Reviewed by Wendy Robertson and Elle Morrell Since East Timor was invaded in 1975, it has been ignored
Adelaide trains at a standstill By Theresa Dowding ADELAIDE — Restructuring plans by the State Transit Authority have brought the city's rail service to a halt. An indefinite strike began on June 10. The dispute concerns STA plans to have
By Craig Cormick In the wake of the recent disastrous cyclone and flooding, Bangladesh self-help organisations have been busily providing local assistance to hundreds of thousands of victims still struggling to survive and re-establish their
By Helen Jarvis PATTAYA, Thailand — This raunchy seaside resort south of Bangkok seems an unlikely location for a breakthrough in the drawn-out negotiations between the government of the State of Cambodia and the resistance forces. But on the

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