|Issue No 17||11 June 1999|
Surfs Up! Second Wave on Horizon
The ACTU is planning a national round of Second Wave community events in August to break the impression the Reith laws are just a trade union issue.
ACTU President Jennie George told Workers Online that it's vital to win broader opposition to the laws if the Australian Democrats are to be persuaded to block the legislation in the Senate.
"We need to break the stereotype that this will only harm trade unions," George says. "We need to show how upholding industrial rights translates into protecting those in the community in the weakest positions."
George has spent the past two months briefing welfare bodies, church groups, women's' groups and other community organisations on the impact of the Second Wave.
She says she's been heartened by the response: "When the implications of Reith's plans are explained people realise they'll have an impact on basic issues like job security and the protection of individual workers."
"We are arguing that the impact of further labour market deregulation will effect everyone in the community and, if these reforms go ahead increased social dislocation is inevitable."
The campaign is due to kick off in Perth on August 10, with an event planned in Sydney on August 24. Stay tuned to Workers Online for further details.
Meanwhile, Workers Online's European spy tells us that Peter Reith's first port of call in Geneva was a -- port.
In Switzerland to observe the International Labour Organization -- the body that recently handed down a damning report into his Workplace Relations Act -- Reith jumped from the plane onto a yacht, where he cruised Lake Geneva in style.
Now that's really putting his stated disdain for the ILO into practise!
Interview: Class Consciousness
Long-time ALP member Michael Thomson has thrown a few grenades with a new book arguing that middle class trendies have taken over the ALP.
Legal: Reith¹s AWAs Dealt a Blow
ASU v Electrix rules that AWAs can't be a take it or leave it proposition.
Unions: Survey Misses the Point
Last week's attempt by the Australian newspaper to rank trade unions contained some fundamental flaws.
History: The Light on the Hill
Fifty years after his seminal address, Ben Chifley's words still ring true -- and still challenges Labor.
International: Child Labour: Kerala’s Recipe
Of India’s 55 million slave children, not one is to be found in the state of Kerala, in the south of the sub-continent.
Review: Bazza Mckenzie Holds His Own
Tony Moore on perhaps the greatest Australian movie ever made.
Women: Equal Pay - We've Come A Long Way
Thirty years have passed since women around Australia raised their fists in victory at the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission's historic equal pay for equal work decision.
Activists: Throwing Off the Chains
Thirty years ago, Zelda D'Aprano was so incensed by the lack of progress in achieving pay parity that she twice chained herself to public buildings in Melbourne.
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