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The former ironworkers' union (FIMEE) has taken another step towards becoming a general manufacturing union with an 80% vote by the 3500-member Glass Workers' Union to amalgamate with it. The 100,000-member FIMEE already has extensive coverage

By Frank Noakes LONDON — The Tory government on July 14 announced plans to privatise British Rail. The process, sketched in a 21-page white paper, will begin as early as next year. Under the remarkably vague proposals, BR will retain the

Fiona McCrossin Act now to save south-east forests The south-east forest campaign aims to stop the woodchipping of the last old growth forests in the south-east of NSW. These represent the last forests to have survived 20 years of

Radio highlights Hawaii — Hawaii's recent history sung by historian Jonathon Osorio. He sings about the islanders' protest movements — from protecting their land against development and environmental destruction to the campaign against the

By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — With recent opinion polls indicating a swing of at least 10% against Labor, the defeat of the Kirner government at the state elections in October seems a foregone conclusion. It seems key ministers have accepted

Another player in the backlash? The "wild men" tell us that we have ignored them for too long. But not any more: the wild men are on the move. Over recent months, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the many issues that surround

Public meeting Youth unemployment: A generation betrayed Young employed activists discuss strategies for real job creation, living wages, and an environmentally sustainable economy. Panel includes: Wendy Robertson, Resistance; Mary Macgregor,

A recent dispute in Casino, NSW, involved the expulsion of an Aboriginal high school student for calling "asshole" a teacher alleged to have used racist language, including terms such as "vermin", in regard to Aborigines. Former teacher ERIC EARLY

By David Robie AUCKLAND — Prime minister Jim Bolger's government calls for an investigation into allegations of extortion from homeless Pacific islanders desperate for living quarters by staff of the state-owned Housing New Zealand

Where the cancer is "Take care of the children. Tobacco will kill you and I am living proof of it ... I've spent the last months of my life in an incubator." — US actor Wayne McLaren, Marlboro Man in numerous cigarette advertisements, shortly

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