Sarah Stephen "In the euphoria of their release, most of these people have little inkling of what lies in store for them outside the razor wire", former human rights commissioner Marcus Einfeld told guests at a recent fundraising dinner. There
Betrayed: The Story of Canadian Merchant Seamen Directed by Elaine Briere 55 minutes REVIEW BY CLINTON FERNANDES Betrayed is the latest documentary by renowned film-maker and photographer Elaine Briere. The film deals with the Canadian Seamen's
Noreen Navin, Sydney Across NSW, 40,000 public school students with a language background other than English (LBOTE) are being denied English as a second language (ESL) support because the NSW Labor government refuses to prioritise their needs. A
Jim McIlroy, Brisbane "Can you imagine being sued for trying to protect something irreplaceable?" That was theme of a public meeting of 150 people held in the Powerhouse on August 30. The meeting launched a national tour sponsored by the
John Catalinotto, New York A group of right-wing members of the US Congress close to the Bush administration has pressured the Italian government into interfering with an October conference in Rome aimed at building solidarity with Iraqis fighting
Peter Boyle The next ACTU-called national day of action against the proposed new federal industrial relations laws is not until November 15. But trade unionists in Geelong, Victoria, are determined to keep up the pressure. They have set an example
Tim Cobon & Susan Price Most workers understand the harsh future they face if the federal government's next round of draconian workplace "reforms" are implemented. Young workers will be among the most severely affected. Recent surveys reveal that
HOBART — "Workers' rights here to stay, John Howard go away" was chanted by 50 trade unionists who "greeted" the prime minister as he arrived to make a funding announcement on September 2.
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Jenny Forward & Susan Austin, Hobart The unions involved in Tasmania's Allied Health Professionals Campaign — the Community and Public Sector Union-State Public Service Federation and the Health and Community Services Union — are celebrating
Alex Bainbridge, Hobart The Save Ralphs Bay campaign won a major victory on September 2 when the Walker Corporation announced that it would not proceed with the development. Walker proposed to develop a luxury housing estate with canals at Ralphs
AWAs Krispy Kreme doughnut workers were bullied into signing individual contracts that left them thousands of dollars a year out of pocket, two former employees have said in submissions to a Senate inquiry. One former staff member, Thea Birch
Roger Annis, Vancouver The commander of Canada's armed forces, General Rick Hillier, is speaking out boldly in support of the US-led imperialist war effort in the Middle East and Asia. He is spending the summer months on a lecture circuit as the
Kerry Smith SYDNEY — National Union of Workers members taking industrial action at the National Parts warehouse at Smithfield have been warned by police not to swear on the picket line or they will face police action. NUW NSW secretary Derrick
Selling Sickness: How Drug Companies are Turning Us All into PatientsBy Ray Moynihan & Alan CasselsAllen & Unwin, 2005254 pages, $26.95 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON Thirty years ago, the retiring head of the Merck pharmaceutical company told
ALP sells students out on VSU James Crafti ABC News Online on August 24 reported that Labor leader Kim Beazley had "challenged" the federal government to accept a compromise plan on voluntary student unionism (VSU). Beazley's plan involves a
James Balowski, Jakarta On August 15, the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as a first step in seeking a peaceful and lasting solution to the decades-long conflict in Aceh.