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Tip Top's Not the One

By Andrew CAsey

Bakery workers from Sydney and Newcastle went on a 24 hour stoppage, and protested outside Tip Top's head office in Chatswood NSW, following the company's decision to renege on an agreement to provide income protection and improve wages.

" Tip Top had agreed to provide an income protection insurance scheme whose costs would be shared 50/50 by the company and employees," Mark Boyd, the NSW LHMU Assistant Secretary said.

" The 1000 LHMU members employed by Tip Top, at their four NSW bakeries, believe the income protection insurance scheme is an essential part of their enterprise agreement package."

Income protection is a key element in the LHMU's latest round of enterprise bargaining.

The NSW LHMU has been involved in enterprise agreement negotiations with Tip Top since June. The last enterprise agreement concluded in July.

" Until just recently we've had some good, constructive negotiations with Tip Top. We thought we were close to coming to an agreement - but then the company went feral," Mark Boyd said.

" We believe the costs of the income protection insurance scheme can be shared - and we know we had a deal on this issue. The company is now denying the deal and wants our members to pay for it by a cut in their wage packets."


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*  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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