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Workers Call for Patrons Before Pokies


The LHMU Hotel Union has called for pokie venues to put more back into communities before more gaming machines are introduced.

A submission to the Tasmanian Legislative Council Select Committee on Impacts of Gaming Machines by the LHMU Hotel Union has questioned the need for expansion of gaming machines in hotels, Tim Ferrari, LHMU Assistant National Secretary said.

The submission advocates some radical new steps that should be taken by government and the industry before further expansions occurs. They include:

An assessment of wishes of patrons of clubs and pubs as to whether more poker machines are desired or welcome in terms of venue amenity, facilities then available or activities foregone.

Guarantees should be sought by government, that venues provide an enhanced range of services, facilities, amenities, non gaming activities, events, promotions or venue modifications to maintain or enhance the attractiveness of a venue for non gaming activities.

Mandatory security requirements to protect employees from trauma, injury or death arising from the increasing attractiveness of such venues to criminals by robbery with violence.

Hotels being required to state how gaming machine profits are to be distributed in terms of sponsorships, donations to community groups and on improved services and facilities for patrons.

Additional contributions of poker machine profits to be made directly to the health budget for initiatives to assist people to kick the smoking habit associated with much gaming machine usage.

" On the basis of the statistics available the union is unconvinced that the introduction of gaming machines has done anything to increase employment in the industry," Tim Ferrari said.

" In the process many families and individuals have been turned off going to pubs that resemble a pokie den rather than a comfortable relaxing and friendly place to socalise."


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: Reality Bytes
Labor's IT spokeswoman Kate Lundy on how a third Howard Government will hurt the IT industry.
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*  Unions: My Way or the Highway
Since 1997, workers employed by Serco/Great Southern Railways, have been locked in a struggle with their employer to have their choice of industrial instrument recognised.
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*  Legal: Three Degrees of Contract
Marian Baird argues there is a need to more fully understand what workers, employers and our society expect from the employment relationship.
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*  International: Bogota Terror
The assassination of a Colombian unionist has prompted international outrage.
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*  History: Freedom or 'Federation'?
Mark Hearn and Greg Patmore argue that the journey to federation was not a one-way street.
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*  Health: Wearing the Right Genes to Work?
Matt Brooks tracks the DNA trail to discover genetic testing in the workplace is already here.
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*  Satire: Demidenko Releases New Book About Her Life As Afghan Refugee
Controversial author Helen Demidenko has written a brand new novel based on her gripping true life experiences as an Afghan refugee.
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*  Review: Can Blinky Bill Save Unions?
Neale Towart browses the kiddies' shelves to find an Australian icon with a union-friendly message.
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»  Unions Raise Labor Stakes
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»  Standards Breakthrough in Call Centres
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»  Hotel Cleaners Told: Bring Your Own Mops
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»  Corporate Giant Sponsored IT to India Report
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»  New Front in Battle for Compo Rights
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»  Progress in Email Privacy Push
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»  Christmas Progress on Sweatshops, Truckies
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»  BHP Steel Workers Fight for Security
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»  Union Concerned At New ASIO Powers
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»  Workers Call for Patrons Before Pokies
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»  Overtime Deal Helps Rural Hospitals
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»  Writers in New Chapter for Unionism
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»  CFMEU Backs Standards Inquiry
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»  Mining Company Moves To Ban Fiji Film
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»  Unions Choir Sings Up Storm
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»  2002: Where to Now?
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»  Activists Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Apology to Tim Harcourt
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»  Tom is Gobsmacked
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»  Who was Gordon Freeth?
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»  More Compo Feedback
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»  Trains of Treasure
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»  The Great Tuckpointer Debate Revived
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