||Issue No. 159||01 November 2002|
Why The User Should Pay
Interview: Life After Keating
Industrial: That Friday Feeling
Bad Boss: Begging to Work
Organising: Project Pilbara
Unions: Off the Rails
International: Brazil Turns Left
Environment: Brown Wash
History Special: Learning from the Past
Corporate: Will the Bullying Backfire?
Technology: Danger Lurks For The Passive
History: In Labour’s Image
Politics: Without Power Or Glory
History Special: A 'Cosy Relationship'
Culture: Blood Stains the Wattle
Satire: Iraq Pre-empts Pre-emptive Strike
Poetry: The Executive Pay Cut
Review: Time Out
Deadly ‘Slave Labour’ Racket Exposed
Zoo Workers Buck Indecent Proposal
Cabinet Takes Stick To Abbott's Carrot
Cyber Action Behind Hilton Win
City Workers To Help Country Cousins
Government Grounds Ansett Levy
TAB Workers Winners as Cup Strike Averted
Aussie Post Gets Mail On Sick Leave
Council Backs Community Radio Venture
Workers Out! Conference Opens In Sydney
Aussie Union Rep Power, Yes Please: TUC
Month In Review
The Locker Room
More Bali Feed Back
Clean Election Laws Now!
And Now, Some Fan Mail!
Labor Council of NSW
Cyber Action Behind Hilton Win
Union members at the Sydney Hilton Hotel – which is shutting down in a few weeks time for a $400 million makeover – voted this week to accept a sharply improved redundancy offer, the key point in two month long negotiations.
The hotel has agreed to give all its workers a four week head start in job offers once the Hilton re-opens, has set up a union-approved job search service and will sit down with the union to negotiate a first-ever enterprise agreement.
"The achievement of an enterprise agreement is an important step forward for Sydney hotel workers - we believe the enterprise agreement will help us build a quality relationship with the Hilton chain which operates 8 hotels throughout Australia.
"This has been an important win for low-waged workers who are slowly building a strong hotel workers' movement in this city," LHMU Hotel Union NSW Assistant Secretary, Mark Boyd, says.
" The company has now agreed to increase the retrenchment pay from eight weeks to twelve weeks or more, for the majority of their workforce who have loyally worked at the hotel for at least ten years .'
"The hotel is also paying between one to five weeks retrenchment money to all its casual workers - who were originally going to be paid zilch," Mark Boyd said.
Boyd says the union now wants to build on the Hilton win, on the ground and in the Industrial Relations Commission, the 16 week retrenchment claim that the ACTU is currently pursuing through the Commission.
"The community campaign that Sydney Hilton Hotel workers ran has been magnificent," Boyd says.
"In talks with the union the Hilton management acknowledged that this campaign - especially the e-mails from around the world - had bite.
Boyd says the hotel's new profit strategy is to attract international conferences and conventions to the renovated Hilton.
"Receiving protest e-mails from academics at top US universities such as Harvard, UCLA, Cornell and Yale, as well as from clergy and senior civil servants - who are all potential conference organisers and conventioneers - created a great deal of concern among hotel management.
"Out of San Diego, USA, a local Rabbi, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, organised Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy from across California to support the Sydney Hilton workers.
Ever since the hotel announced the $400 million renovation program in August they have been on the back foot - with a hostile media conference when they announced the refurbishment.
The journalists all asked why, if the hotel can afford to spend all this money on a face-lift, they were not prepared to better treat their loyal low-waged workers by offering them their jobs back and offering a better retrenchment deal.
"We were also able to get support from high-profile local and international people - such as the radio shock-jock Alan Jones and the US civil liberties campaigner the Rev Jesse Jackson," Boyd says.
"Rev Jackson's amazing, emotional, speech to the hotel workers was read out during a rally on the day of a 24 hour hotel workers' strike - this speech just stirred on our people in their resolve to win a better deal.
"The fact that a Hawaii millionaire also lent his support to the LHMU Hotel Union campaign, by offering to buy a slap-up lunch at David Jones, for all the sacked workers, got a lot of embarrassing media coverage for the management. "
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