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Issue No. 145 19 July 2002  

Two Wings Flapping
The one element missing from the current debate about the relationship between the labour movement and the ALP is any discussion about what's in it for the unions.


Interview: In The Tent
The Australian Services Union's Martin Foley on the dilemma facing trade unions affiliated to the Labor Party.

Bad Boss: The Desk Nazi
Everyone’s mail is on the money this week. Yep, Australia Post, courtesy of the born-to-rule attitude so beloved by the Workplace Relations Minister has been nominated for the Tony Award.

Media: Hold the Presses
The withdrawal of mainstream news outlets from the reporting of industrial relations is playing right into the bosses' hands, writes Andrew Casey

Workplace: Putting Bullies In Their Place
Ever wonder where the schoolyard bullies from your formative years ended up? Chances are they are still making someone’s life hell in an Australian workplace today. Even worse, one of them might be your direct supervisor.

Industrial: Women and Work
The last fortnight may well prove a turning point for working Australian women and their families, argues ACTU President Sharan Burrow

International: Whine and Dine
The political and industrial wings of British labour are at each other's throats, reports Andrew Casey.

History: Black Adder
Old King Cole had good tutors. Roger Milliss captured the style of conservative government witch-hunts in Serpent’s Tooth, his cathartic apology to his father, Bruce.

Review: Bad Movie
While the search for Australia's worst boss is well underway, Joel Schumacher's Bad Company seems to point the finger squarely at the US Government - albeit accidentally.

Poetry: I Remember
Dermott Ryder knocks our Resident Bard off his podium this week with a little ditty about a bloke called Honest John


 Builder Blows Whistle on Kangaroo Court

 Alarm Over Unis in Detention

 Unions Spark New Super Push

 Abbott Trips on Entitlements - Again

 Picnic Day for Union Members Only

 Memo: John Travolta - Come Fly With Us!

 Cole Comfort to Bodgey Builders

 Unions Eye SA Casuals Victory

 Burrow: Paid Mat Leave Just First Step

 Mayne Warning – But Will They Listen?

 Drought Relief Should Extend To Rural Workers

 Coca Cola Action Bubbles Globally


The Soapbox
The Royal Circus
CFMEU organiser Terry Kesby gives a first hand account of his experience before the Cole Royal Commission.

The Locker Room
Bravely Running Away
Phil Doyle is bewildered by the Australian Cricket team’s reluctance to join John Howard’s War On Terror.

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
As the world market lurches under the weight of its own amorality, regulators and business lobbies are locking horns over the need for more rules.

Week in Review
A Share of the Action
Sharemarket jitters produce mea culpas from the magnate set but, as Jim Marr discovers, loyal followers in the Howard administration aren’t likely to join the chorus any time soon.

 Make My Week!
 Real Reform
 Hooray for Frank!
 Reform or Die
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Mayne Warning – But Will They Listen?

Pathology workers employed by Mayne Health have voted for a series of ‘warning stoppages ‘ next Wednesday following the refusal to negotiate over a new enterprise agreement.

Pathology lab workers in Newcastle, North Ryde, Kogarah and some of the smaller labs across NSW will be joined by couriers and collectors in a protest against the company's failure to properly and openly consult with their workforce and its union.

Mayne Health is the biggest and most profitable pathology company in the state but has come up with a poor wages offer and refused to talk about job security.

"We are living in the most expensive state and the most expensive city in the country but the company has offered NSW workers nine percent over three years," Sonia Minutillo, NSW LHMU executive vice-president said.

"Our union's pathology members interstate have recently secured better wage increases than that on offer from Mayne.

"The attempt by Mayne Health to get a non-union enterprise agreement has simply alienated the workforce - that's why we are getting so much support for this industrial action.

If you want further information about Wednesday's industrial action contact your workplace delegate or Mayne Health union organiser in the office on 8204 7204 or 1800 805 027.

Darwin Casino Workers To Vote On Pay Offer

Meanwhile, LHMU Casino Union members in Darwin will be voting on a new offer from the MGM Grand Casino which would deliver a wage increase of $25 per week for the first year, followed by a 3.5 percent increase for the following two years.

The new enterprise agreement follows several months of negotiations, with the management at MGM Grand Casino. The five star international hotel-casino is owned by the world's no 2 gaming company, the US multinational MGM Mirage.

It employs over 200 people and has over 370 slot machines, a VIP gaming room, TAB, Keno, restaurants, bars, nightclub and conference facilities.

LHMU Casino Union Northern Territory Industrial Officer, Dianne Yali said one of the "a highlight of the new agreement was its consultative measures.

"This new Consultative Committee, with a minimum of two union representatives, will meet bi monthly and provide an ongoing mechanism for dialogue, exchange of ideas and information between management and employees on a wide range of matters."

The enterprise agreement also includes provisions on rights for delegates such as Union training leave and recognises the integral role of the Union.


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