Union organiser run down on picket line By Tim Gooden CANBERRA — On November 7, at a picket line established outside the government workshops in Fyshwick, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union organiser Geoff McGowan-Lay was run down
By Liam Hazell Concern is growing over the increasing harassment of Chilean activists Daniel Sanchez San Juan and Lorena Astorga, both members of the Organisation for the Defence of Human Rights in Chile (ODEP). Daniel toured Australia in 1995 to
By James Vassilopoulos Is the ACTU's living wage case a salvation for the growing number of working poor, or is it merely a public relations stunt to make the ACTU appear relevant to workers? The ACTU has lodged a claim before the Australian
By Jubin Goodarzi The Taliban's capture of Kabul in September has sent shock waves throughout Central Asia. Fearing the prospect of the Afghan civil war spilling over into the former Soviet south, Russia and the governments of four Central Asian
Sydney's Campaign Against Racism coalition decided at its meeting on November 8 to organise a "Rally Against Racism" on November 23 as part of the national day of action called by the Brisbane Anti-Racism Campaign. The Sydney coalition's decision
By Stephen Marks MANAGUA — Nicaragua has lived a form of virtual reality since the national elections held on October 20. Widespread accusations of fraud have delayed the final declaration of the results and the "virtual" victory of Arnoldo
In the second in a three-part series on the history of the student movement in Australia, MARINA CAMERON spoke to JORGE JORQUERA about the lessons from the free education campaign in the 1980s. Jorquera was an activist in that campaign, secretary of
Workers' health and safety more at risk On November 6, WA Greens Senator Dee Margetts expressed fear for workers' health and safety after the Democrats and Coalition blocked attempts to have occupational health and safety issues incorporated in the
By Peter Montague A lengthy new report from the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences [NIEHS] describes serious deterioration of the male reproductive system in many regions of the world and suggests it may be caused by
Adam Burling Boral is the second largest hardwood eucalypt woodchip exporter in the world, exporting 859,000 tonnes per annum from Tasmania and licensed to export up to 453,600 tonnes from NSW. In NSW, Boral owns 60% of timber concessions, 75% in
Women unionists support Indonesia campaign By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — The "Free Dita Sari" campaign has obtained the support of a group of women trade unionists who met on November 4. The group includes representatives of the Community and
Indonesians under the bed The Australian Candidate Study (conducted by academics at the ANU, UNSW and UQ), which surveyed 435 Coalition, Labor, Democrat and Green candidates in the last federal election (including 105 who now have seats in
By Eva Cheng On November 4, president of the "illegal" Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Kwon Young-kil, began an indefinite hunger strike in protest at recent manoeuvres by the government and employer groups to finalise a year-long industrial
Racism and the Melbourne Cup By Jorge Andres Australian history likes to recall its underdogs and battlers. Everyone seems to recall the game that Collingwood won against all odds, the horse that came from nowhere and the painter on the Harbour
By Lara Pullin The 1996-97 ACT budget launched a new Liberal government program to move people out of secure and affordable public housing and into the private home-buyers market. The "Kickstart" program is the result of the suspension of the ACT
The defeat of the Bill Ethel leadership in the elections of the Western Australian branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is a blow to the already too small left wing in the union officialdom. The prize goes to the Labor Party,


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