||Issue No. 155||04 October 2002|
Wrong Way, Go Back
Interview: The Wet One
Bad Boss: Like A Bastard
Unions: Demolition Derby
Corporate: The Bush Doctrine
Politics: American Jihad
Health: Secret Country
Review: Walking On Water
Poetry: The UQ Stonewall
Corrigan Fires Shot in Rail Showdown
Fight Begins For Long Weekends
Experts to Arrest Drug Test Outbreak
Jobs Auction Hitting Bank Workers
NSW Screws Down Lid on Funeral Scams
Hilton Strike Break Plans in Tatters
Detention Centre Workers Demand Safety Search
Religious Teachers Win Legal Coverage
Pressure Builds on Parking Sting
US Docks Lockout Hits Sea Trade
Month In Review
The Locker Room
Shame on Murray
Use or Abuse of Long Term Casuals
Speaking in Tongues
Labor Council of NSW
Workers Kick Grand Final Goal
The Memorandum commits the NRL to an active role in ensuring employees and outworkers involved in the manufacture of rugby league apparel receive Award minimum wages and conditions.
Under its terms, the NRL will supply clothing unions with the names and addresses of all licensed product manufacturers.
They, in turn, will be encouraged to sign Licensee Agreements with the union, commiting to provide details of sub-contractors' contracts, employees and wage records within 14 days of request.
Failure to meet that deadline, or proven breaches of legal entitlements, would be grounds for terminating the contract.
TCFUA secretary, Barry Tubner, hailed NRL co-operation as a "breakthrough with international implications.
"For the first time we have the written support of a major sporting organisation for our campaign to protect vulnerable wage workers and outworkers.
"Chasing dodgy operators through the courts is a major logistical and financial exercise. This will shortcut that process dramatically.
"You never know what will come out of the court process, maybe a $10,000 fine maybe a slap on the wrist. This document specifically puts their contracts at risk and, at the end of the day, that's what they care about."
Unions are moving to have the ARU, AFL and Soccer Australia follow league's lead.
NRL chief David Gallop joined Tubner and Labor Council secretary, John Robertson in signing-off on the Memorandum at Peter Wynn's Score, Parramatta.
Teeth are expected to be added to the process when international clothing giant, Nike, signs off on the first Licensee Agreement within weeks.
Workers Online understands that Nike Australia has received the green light from its US base to become the first licensee to commit. American executives are expected to fly to Sydney for the signing ceremony, later this month.
Meanwhile, in an interesting twist on today's Memorandum the NRL, TCFUA and Labor Council will make submissions to ACCC chief, Alan Fels, to ensure there are no roadblocks constructed by the consumer watchdog.
Fels will by asked to okay the process because of NRL legal concerns stemming from the South Sydney embarrassment when they were found to have breached the Trades Practices Act.
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