|Issue No 115||12 October 2001|
Union Support for ALP Climate Change Policy
Key energy unions have endorsed Kim Beazley's commitment to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions.
The Australian Services Union, Assistant National Secretary, Greg McLean, says Labor's Climate Change Policy will support jobs and future employment in Australia's Electricity Industry.
"The Policy is what the Union Movement has been looking for and is pleased to see Labor take the steps forward and deal with both the environment and jobs," Mclean says.
"ASU Members that work in the Electricity Industry, whether in distribution, transmission or generation, including coal fired power plants, are like most families in Australia concerned about the environment, but they want to see a Government that can show common sense ways to reform the industry, use our existing and paid for resources and maintain jobs, jobs and jobs."
McLean says Labor's Policy goes down this path with its references to:
« Demand side management
« Commitment to use of current resources (including coal fired power stations)
« A drive towards more efficient use of coal, improved coal efficiency and technologies
« Targeted review of the National Electricity Market and more.
Many of the above points were first raised by the ASU and it's Branches across Australia in it's publication "Powering the Future" in the 1990's (the ASU was the main financial contributor and backer of this publication).
Interview: Connecting the State
NSW IT minister Kim Yeadon is the man responsible for enabling the people of NSW. Here's how he's doing it.
Workplace: The Enemy Within
In the IT industry it's the recruiters who are earning the workers' ire, as our special correspondent explains.
Unions: From the Virtual Coalface
Computer programmer Vince Caughley argues there is a place for unions in the IT industry.
History: Conditions Precedent
Frank Bongiorno writes that the recent events off the coast of Christmas Island recall a story once told by Paul Hasluck.
International: Victims of Terrorism
Repression against trade unionists on the increase world wide, with 209 trade unionists assassinated last year, reveals ICFTU 2001 Survey.
Campaign Diary: Week One: Get Shorty
Labor's first week of campaigning was as an effort to gain attention from a nation rocked by the telvised war on terrorism.
Economics: Global Alliances
Ray Marcelo reports from India that the ILO is arguing that globalisation needs a worker and employer alliance.
Health: The Phantom Menace
Trade unions made an impact this week at an international congress In Melbourne in the global fight against AIDS.
Review: Rings of Confidence
In his study on the 2000 Olympics, Tony Webb argues that the government and unions reached a new level of cooperation.
Satire: Greens 'Quietly Unconfident' of Forming Government
A leaked memo from a senior member of the Greens reveals the party is unconfident of winning government on November 10.
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