Workers Online
Workers Online
Workers Online
  Issue No 108 Official Organ of LaborNet 24 August 2001  

 --

 --

 --

.  LaborNET

.  Ask Neale

.  Tool of the Week


Economics

Global Regulation


Public sector unions from around the globe are taking the first steps to work internationally against the deregulation agenda.

 
 

Visit the ASU

******************

During July 2001, one of the most significant conferences on Regulation and Reform took place in Sydney, with attendees including Politicians from Australia, Africa, America, West Indies, UK including the House of Lords and Commons, it showed that Parliaments throughout the World are starting to consider the implications of Regulatory Reform for services in our society.

Sydney based Australian Services Union, Assistant National Secretary, Greg McLean, through his work on Utility Regulatory Reform represented Trade Unionists from around the World through the Public Services International. Greg reported to Workers Online "that standing on the floor of the NSW Parliament, both Assembly and Legislative Councils, including a stint in the speaker's chair, provided an opportunity to campaign further for Unions to have a voice in the Regulatory Reform Debate and Public Services including electricity and water utilities".

.The conference provided a first hand opportunity for access to Politicians and the odd senior bureaucrats to remind them of the need to consult with the Trade Union Movement and Community Groups when introducing regulation over a variety of spheres that in turn reflect the standard of living that society maintains.

"Seeing first hand the reform process and negotiating the electricity reform issues, as I did from the Prime Minister's round table almost 10 years ago, down to the standard of the energy reform initiatives currently underway in Australia, I have longed believed that regulation can play a significant role, if not critical, in determining outcomes of society. Whilst there has been much work done in NSW on regulatory reform, in particular by the Independent Pricing Advisory Regulation Tribunal, it is only now that we are seeing States such as Victoria look more closely to the role that regulatory reform can provide in ensuring a service, at the right price, and provision to society".

Governments that have believed "that the market will fix it" need only look to the Californian experience and closer to home South Australia. The World is full of many examples where Parliaments must regulate for a fair share for society, open themselves up to public scrutiny, create deregulatory framework and ensure citizens get fair play on the playing field that is increasingly being shared by Government Authorities and the private sector. The full publications of papers presented at the conference will be made available in the near future on the NSW Government's Parliamentary website covering the Regulatory Conference.

Greg would be interested in hearing from Union Officials in Australia and globally that are interested in the Regulation Reform Debate. Greg can be contacted at: mailto:[email protected] .


------

*   View entire issue - print all of the articles!

*   Issue 108 contents

In this issue
Features
*  Interview: The Man from Manusafe
Manusafe chief Andrew Whiley explains why employers have nothing to fear from the entitlements trust fund.
*
*  E-Change: 2.4 The Skeptic’s Response
In this round-table discussion, Noel Hester leads the charge against the argument that globalisation and change are inevitable.
*
*  Politics: No Hand Idle
Whitlam Institute director Peter Botsman finds much to agree with in John Howard's social coalition for welfare delivery.
*
*  Unions: Slavery and Struggle
A battle with all the elements of the infamous waterfront dispute is being played out in Charleston, South Carolina:
*
*  International: Postcard from Santiago
The CFMEU's Phil Davey meets up with Communist Party cadres in Chile who led the underground resistance to Pinochet.
*
*  History: Race and Australian Labour.
Australian unionists have long been questioning notions of a “White Australia”, even before the colonies united with it as the central feature.
*
*  Economics: Global Regulation
Public sector unions from around the globe are taking the first steps to work internationally against the deregulation agenda.
*
*  Satire: Niche Identified in Left-Wing Publications Market
A marxist-feminist activist has discovered a gaping hole in the lucrative left-wing publications market.
*
*  Review: The Fight for Equal Pay
In this extract from her new book, Zelda D'Aprano looks at the contribution Kath Williams made to the struggle for equality.
*

News
»  Entitlements Just Tip of the Iceberg
*
»  State-Wide Push for Entitlement Protection
*
»  Support Builds for Industrial Manslaughter Laws
*
»  Organiser Assaulted – Police Called In
*
»  Young Casuals Not Paid Overtime
*
»  Commonwealth Hit With Criminal Conviction
*
»  Back Door Bob Does Wollongong
*
»  ABC IR Memo Draws More Fire
*
»  Unions Warn of More Deaths in Construction
*
»  Big Brother Hits Rail Workers
*
»  Libs Dodge Public Education Forum
*
»  Westfield Squeezes The Extra Dollar
*
»  MP's Staffers Fume Over Pay Deal
*
»  Mat Leave Win for Country Energy
*
»  No Wonder Wonderland Workers Unhappy
*
»  Qld's First Major Review of Awards
*
»  Unions Buck Online Ambush
*
»  Bras Burned for Burma
*
»  Two Capps To Cancel Debt
*
»  Australians Work Too Much, Too Long
*
»  Activists Notebook
*

Columns
»  The Soapbox
*
»  The Locker Room
*
»  Trades Hall
*
»  Tool Shed
*

Letters to the editor
»  Waterfront Women's Support Group
*
»  Banking Lobby Group
*
»  Love Your Tool!
*
»  More on Indonesian Workers
*

What you can do

Notice Board
- Check out the latest events

Latest Issue

View entire latest issue
- print all of the articles!

Previous Issues

Subject index

Search all issues

Enter keyword(s):
  


Workers Online - 2nd place Labourstart website of the year


BossWatch


Wobbly Radio



[ Home ][ Notice Board ][ Search ][ Previous Issues ][ Latest Issue ]

© 1999-2000 Labor Council of NSW

LaborNET is a resource for the labour movement provided by the Labor Council of NSW

URL: http://workers.labor.net.au/108/c_historicalfeature_greg.html
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2005

[ Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Credits ]

LaborNET is proudly created, designed and programmed by Social Change Online for the Labor Council of NSW

 *LaborNET*

 Labor Council of NSW

[Workers Online]

[Social Change Online]