||Issue No. 123||21 December 2001|
The Unmaking of History
International: Global Year in Review
Unions: A Year at the Barricades
Technology: Unions Online 2001
Republic: Terror Australis
Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Legal: The New McCarthyism
The Locker Room
The First Bastion
Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
Cabin Crew Stand Up for Themselves
Cabin crew on international airlines this week launched a campaign to highlight their professional credentials in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The Flight Attendants Association of Australia says the changed environment after the terrorist attacks had forced cabin crew to re-evaluate their work.
The FAAA have produced a campaign around the theme "Cabin Crew. Professionals from the Ground Up". They will be distributing pamphlets to members and passengers and will run an advertisement on a massive billboard outside the Qantas international terminal.
FAAA international division secretary Johanna Brem says cabin crew want to send a message to the public that they were more than service workers.
"In the air we are safety professionals and we are security professionals - when a critical safety issue occurs in the air it is cabin crew who are on the front line," Brem says.
"At 40,000 feet you can't call the police or the fire brigade or an ambulance: the buck stops with us."
The launch coincided with the expiration of the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement for Qantas international cabin crew.
Call for Better ground Security
Meanwhile, Sydney airport screeners and security workers - more than three months after the September 11 tragedy - are still waiting for new upgraded procedures, drills and training to face the post- September 11 security climate.
Last Sunday night there was an emergency at Sydney airport but the airport screeners and security staff did not know how to help passengers because they have not been prepared for this new security environment.
Airport security workers around Australia, starting today, will all this week hand out tens of thousands of 'boarding passes' to passengers at major airports.
The security workers and screeners will be promoting their Securing Our Airports plan, a national 5 point plan which they want to see the Federal Government, airlines and security companies adopt.
The boarding passes will ask passengers to show their support for higher security standards at our airports.
The 5 point plan involves:
· Enforcement of uniform security standards on all Australian flights;
· Upgrading of screening equipment at major and regional airports;
· Developing a national training standard for security officers;
· Requiring reasonable meal and comfort breaks for officers;
· Boosting officers' pay to reflect the true value of their work.
" In the post- September 11 era the USA has ordered the upgrading and standardising of screening and security at 420 airports - from the smallest to some of the biggest in the world.
" Surely we can go through the same process in Australia for what is a little more than 40 airports," the LHMU Airport Security Union's National Secretary, Jeff Lawrence, said.
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