|Issue No 107||17 August 2001|
Itís a Record! Longest Ever Bank Queue
Central Coast bank workers queued themselves into the Guinness Book of Records, forming the world's largest ever bank queue to highlight declining community services caused by bank closures.
The members of the Finance Sector Union will formally apply to the Guinness Book of records to recognise the queue of 87 people outside a blood bank on the Central Coast. There was no former record in the category, so the FSU is confident of taking the honour.
But Finance Sector Union state secretary Geoff Derrick cautions that, given the staffing levels at many banks, the record may not last long.
"We have set the benchmark, but we believe that management could knock us off our perch on any working day because of their staffing policies," Derrick says
"The question is whether they will have the guts to go for the record."
Bank workers from 33 branches of three major banks held a 24-hour strike over working conditions and staffing levels.
The stoppages affected the ANZ, Westpac and National Australia Bank branches on the NSW Central Coast on Friday.
The action was part of the FSU's nationwide campaign against the three banks over working conditions and service standards.
Interview: What's The Deal?
Labor's IR spokesman Arch Bevis explains how a Beazley Government will rebuild our broken system.
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.
Industrial: Into the 21st Century
ACTU President Sharan Burrow looks at the landmark deal delivering workers 12 months paid maternity leave.
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.
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.
Media: ABC and the Knowledge Nation
Tony Moore looks at how the national broadcaster's fortunes are closely linked to the Knowledge Nation Agenda
International: Brazilīs C.U.T. - When Big Is Beautiful
The CFMEUīs Phil Davey drops in on Brazilīs equivalent to the ACTU, the Central Unica Dos Trabalhadores (CUT).
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.
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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