|Issue No 101||06 July 2001|
Fund Bad Health for Families
Health fund MBF has been accused of promoting family-busting policies with a new non-union dealing cutting back leave rights for its workforce.
The Australian Services union says MBF's new agreement lets families down on two grounds:
- new staff must accumulate sick leave on a 0.83 days per month basis, making it harder to access personal/carers' leave.
- the deal does away with old arrangements that allowed staff to double their Long Service leave, by taking the time off at half pay. Now they will have to take full-pay only.
The ASU's Michael Want says the provisions in the agreement let down both new and long-serving members of staff.
He's asked Labor Council to contact MBF Management and seek them to overturn the two policies. And if MBF Management refuse to meet with Labor Council and the union, the union requests that Labor Council pressure Workplace Relations Minister Tony Abbott to intervene personally.
Interview: A Little Knowledge
Labor's science spokesman Martyn Evans was the Opposition's key player on the Knowledge Nation inquiry. He fills us in on the process.
Education: Theory and Practise
Whether or not you agree with the priorities for of Barry Jones’ Knowledge Nation Taskforce, Julie Wells argues its boldness has to be admired.
E-Change: 1.1 Email Nation
In the first of a series of articles on politics and the new economy, Peter Lewis and Michael Gadiel argue network technologies are reshaping the fundamentals of society.
Economics: Banking on the Goodwill
Given their history, Evan Jones wonders whether banks can really claim to be "just like any other business"
International: A Deathly Struggle
In this dispatch from PNG, a trade union leader briefs us on the situation following the shooting of seven students at an anti-privatisation rally.
History: Enlarging Human Personality
Mark Hearn argues that Lloyd Ross's post-War approach to Workplace Democracy seems contemporary by today's standards
Satire: Shit is a Four Letter Word
Australian TV drama is lame and gutless just look at the ABC's Love is a Four Letter Word, says Tony Moore
Review: Tribute to an Artist
Dalgarno painted the seagulls circling the seafarer like flies buzzing around the face of a bushman. Thus did the artist depict the maritime worker.
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