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  Issue No 107 Official Organ of LaborNet 17 August 2001  

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The Plight of Casual Teachers


I wonder if in Australia, the casual teachers have thought that they should be represented by the Teachers´ Federation at the same status the permanent and full time teachers enjoy. Is it possible that further to day by day be hoping to be called by some principal, to be often abused by the students and exploited by other colleagues (some time entitled just with the same denigrated status: casual teachers ) the Federation does not offer to them the importance that the most socially disadvantaged teachers require? I came from Chile after have been sacked from the public system ruled at that time on military fascist legislative guidelines, but even in that condition, there was a special department in the Democratic Teacher Federation to help the teacher rejected by the system. Here the teacher marginalised by government representatives whatever the reasons, has now furthermore to suffer abuse and discrimination of her/his own peers in the workforce, to experience the indiffer!

ence from the professional body representatives. Which are the differences between the social conditions and the workplace ethical atmosphere that teachers of the so-called by some arrogant politician "bananas and bastardised republics" face in comparison with the so-called industrialised republics´ workers in this time? According to my own experience almost nil!

If other casual teachers are facing similar experience and would like to stick together, please contact me.

Berta Valdivia

Casual Spanish Teacher


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Features
*  Interview: What's The Deal?
Labor's IR spokesman Arch Bevis explains how a Beazley Government will rebuild our broken system.
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*  E-Change: 2.3 The State of the Union
White hope or white elephant? The future of trade unions is by no means guaranteed in the networked society.
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*  Industrial: Into the 21st Century
ACTU President Sharan Burrow looks at the landmark deal delivering workers 12 months paid maternity leave.
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*  Unions: The Black Hole
Jim Marr goes inside Stellar to discover the human cost of a management philosophy that says: you are on your own.
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*  History: The Age of Dissent
The Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History has organised a Conference on Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975.
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*  Media: ABC and the Knowledge Nation
Tony Moore looks at how the national broadcaster's fortunes are closely linked to the Knowledge Nation Agenda
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*  International: Brazil´s C.U.T. - When Big Is Beautiful
The CFMEU´s Phil Davey drops in on Brazil´s equivalent to the ACTU, the Central Unica Dos Trabalhadores (CUT).
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*  Satire: Bracks Disputes Cabramatta tag
Victorian Premier Steve Bracks has called for a national council to decide on a location for Australia's drug capital.
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*  Review: Globalisation Is Globalisation
In an extract from his book, Christopher Shiel argues that the official Australian perspective on globalisation is strikingly narrow.
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»  Still No IR at ABC Radio
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»  Qantas Threatens Bangkok Workers
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»  Unrest in Hospitals Over Contracting Out
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»  Paid Baby Leave Sparks New Family Push
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»  Nurses Pay Action Hots Up
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»  Costello's Couriers March to Canberra
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»  'Man Who Worked Too Hard' Wins Back Job
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»  Soldiers Suffer Dodgy Bog
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»  Union Backs Call For Safety Review
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»  Cleaner Wins Annual Leave Rights Dispute
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»  Tip Top's Not the One
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»  Flying High: Airport Guards Scoop Cash
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»  Union Presence At Big Indian Community Fair
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»  Activists Notenbook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  The Shark That Cried Woolf
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»  The Plight of Casual Teachers
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»  Belly's Back!
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