Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The dispute of 1964/5, one of Australia's major rank and file uprisings, arose over management's failure to provide showers for miners. As it escalated, Queensland Labor Premier Frank Nicklin described Mackie as a 'vicious gangster' and the strike as a 'communist strategy to retard and even prevent major developmental projects in this state'; the government vainly explored all possible avenues to have him deported.
The strike and the rest of the unionist's tumultuous life are described in Mount Isa: The Story of a Dispute (1989) and Many Ships to Mount Isa (c. 2002).
Friday, November 13, 2009
29 November 2009
Tanaka-san Will Not Do Callisthenics selected for the inaugural Canadian Labour International Film Festival, CLiFF:
"The second film is Tanaka-san Will Not do Calisenthics. It was filmed in Japan and tells the story of Tanaka-san who was let go from his job 25 years ago when he refused to conform – and what happens when he protests at his old office every day.
Two fabulous films that you can’t see at your local movie theatre so please join us at CLiFF Burnaby on November 29. You’ll also be participating in this first labour film festival for Canada so you’ll be a part of history."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The cafe impressed the competition's judges in a range of criteria including customer service, restaurant presentation, quality of food and value.
Guy Nathan and Lea Shannon congratulated their staff for their commitment, their suppliers and customers and said winning the award was "really quite an honour".
"We were competing against quality restaurants across the country, including many offering water views so we’re delighted," Guy said.
"It speaks a lot about the excellence of what the staff do here."
Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
The town hall was decked out with old union banners including this one proposing the 6 hour day!