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  Issue No 17 Official Organ of LaborNet 11 June 1999  





Wanted: Someone to Fight the Uglies

The ACTU is seeking to fill the position of Economic Research Officer to help the union movement promote economic policies to benefit working people.

Based in Melbourne, the position involves:

- Analysis of economic issues, particularly in relation to wages policy and the labour market;

- Preparation of submissions dealing with economic and labour market issues for use in national wage case proceedings;

- Advocacy before the Australian Industrial Relations Commission [AIRC];

- Preparation of policy discussion papers, briefings and materials for use by ACTU Officers and unions.

The successful applicant will have a good general knowledge of current economic conditions and prospects, and available information and data sources.


Essential: demonstrated competence in the preparation and presentation of applied economic analysis.

Highly desirable:

- Ability to work constructively as part of a small team under pressure and to tight deadlines;

- Excellent analytical skills (text and data);

- Highly effective written and oral communication skills;

- Economics degree or higher level tertiary qualification in the field;

- Knowledge of current industrial and social policy issues.

Salary and Conditions

Salary is negotiable within a range for research staff, having regard to qualifications and experience. Conditions of employment with the ACTU are set out in the Staff Manual and will be provided on request.

Applications and further information

Please call Grant Belchamber on (03) 9664-7320 or visit our website: The closing date for applications is Friday 2 July 1999. Applications should be addressed to:

The Secretary, ACTU,54 Victoria Street, Carlton South VIC 3053

The ACTU is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a smoke-free workplace.


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In this issue
*  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.
*  Labour Review: What's New at the Information Centre
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