|Issue No. 133
|26 April 2002
The Struggle Continues
Interview: If The Commission Pleases
History: Protest and Celebrate
Unions: A Novel Approach
Industrial: Hare Tony, Hare Tony
International: Never Forget Jenin
Politics: Left Right Out In France
Health: Delivering A Public Health Revolution
Review: The Secret Life of U(nion)s
Poetry: May Day, May Day
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Gold Star Student
Time for a General Strike?
Letters to the Editor
Gold Star Student
As student doing work experience with Sydney City, I was shocked to read your derogatory remarks and reporting on this Local Government body.
While I am not attending this business every day I have experienced enough of this organization to realise that it is a caring and sharing public body.
I am meeting some very nice people, who work in the libraries and they have been very willing to teach me, through experience, how to be very chary in my dealings with other employees and how they service in the environment which you describe as predatory.
While not a member of the Union, a Union Delegate**, has been very helpful in her tutelage through example, and has certainly shown how to entrench a position through some unbelievable Machiavellian machinations of playing one employee against the other.
I shall certainly be joining this union when I get my qualifications as a Library Technician, and am earning some wages.
I for one am delighted with this council, not only are they teaching me skills which cannot be bought in a $2 shop, unlike Howard's University I do not need to take out a loan to pay for this experience.
So, not only am I delighted to do unpaid work, I look forward to getting a permanent position so I can enhance and exercise my inherent skills of passive aggression through malevolence on the idiots* who already work and the young people who will follow my footsteps.
*By definition, one must be an idiot to permit himself or herself to be treated in such a manner, without complaint.
**It is my belief that this is permitted by the Union through close relationship with a previous Union Organiser.
Work Experience Student
Ed's Reply: We have no idea what you are referring to, but we think you'll go a long way at the Council. Don't be tempted to sign those individual contracts though ....
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