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           PO Box 92, BROADWAY 2007 NSW Australia.

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CONTRIBUTIONS: Sparks welcomes contributions in the shape of poems, cartoons, songs, articles by transport workers. Please mail to SPARKS PO Box 92, BROADWAY 2007 NSW Australia OR email above.

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Reminder: bus privatisation meeting on Monday Just a reminder that this Monday I will be holding a public meeting to show support for commuters and staff affected by the government's plan to sell off the Inner West bus network. The meeting will be held on Monday 19th June, from 7pm-8pm at Leichhardt Town Hall. Sydney deserves world class public transport, and the bus system is a critical part of our public transport network. The answer to improving bus services is not for the government to simply to wash their hands of the matter and secretly sell them off. A private provider won't solve traffic congestion, which leads to late running buses. If the government was seriously seeking to improve services, they wouldn't be trying to shift the blame, but would deliver an extended network of priority lanes, traffic light priority for buses and additional bus services. I hope to see you there to show your support for our public bus services and send a strong message to the government. If you can't make the meeting, but would like to discuss this or any other issue, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Warm regards, Jamie Parker

What is Democratic Unionism?
Democratic unionism means grass roots controlled unionism. This is as opposed to trade unionism. We advocate all workers in one industry be in one union so as to remove artificial divisions amongst workers. Such a union must be fully organised and controlled by the membership. To achieve this we want a union organised along the following lines:-

1. That no person employed by the union can earn more than the average income of the membership;
2. That spokespeople have no executive power - all decisions are made by the membership affected;
3. Spokespeople are only to act as delegates elected. The membership to carry out decisions made by the membership;
4. That a mechanism be instituted for the instant recall of spokespeople /delegates who break the above rules.
5. That all positions within the union be held as a limited tenure, ie. two years (unless no one else stands).
6. There is no body of full time paid officials. All loss of earnings are to be paid by the union to the extent of the lost wages.
7. That a programme of decentralised decision making be implemented within the union structure, so that we won't need full time     paid positions.

Only in this way can we see a democratic united, fighting organisation be created which will stand up for the rights of workers and their families against all governments, political parties and all bosses.