||Issue No. 176||02 May 2003|
Interview: Staying Alive
Bad Boss: The Ultimate Piss Off
Industrial: Last Drinks
National Focus: Around the States
Politics: Radical Surgery
Education: The Price of Missing Out
Legal: If At First You Don't Succeed
History: Massive Attack
Culture: What's Right
Review: If He Should Fall
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Satire: IMF Ensures Iraq Institutes Market Based Looting
Charities Brace for Medicare Backlash
Court Throws Out Cole Prosecutions
Child Actor Dodges Broken Voice
Rio Tinto: $40 Million for Boss, Eviction for Workers
Winning Poster Shouts at Freeloaders
May Day Tragedy Claims Union Lives
Westfield Cleaners to Down Mops
Question Marks Over Nursing Home
Burn Payout Highlights Compo Fears
Costa Blows Whistle on Canberra Raid
The Locker Room
Bob Gould Sprays Gerard Henderson
War and Peace
A Strange Light
A Little History
Does It Have To Be?
Labor Council of NSW
Hoops Bet on National Body
State organisations, boasting some of the sport's biggest names including Damian Oliver, Darren Beadman, Brian York, Corey Brown and Lenny Beasley, will pool resources from today with the support of the AWU.
Australian Jockeys Association (AJA) chairman Paul Innes said the impetus to join forces had come from increasing inter-state movement and the realisation of common problems.
"More and more jockeys are riding inter-state," he told Workers Online. "Uniform safety standards are essential to privide a consistent and safe working environment.
"For quite some time various state associations had been working on similar issues and concerns. Members felt it would be more effective to take a co-ordinated approach."
The AJA was launched at Randwick today with a call for improved safety standards at all race courses.
Between 25 and 40 percent of licensed jockeys suffer injuries over any 12 month period. Deaths are not uncommon, with Perth-based Jason Oliver and Victorian Mark Goring having lost their lives in the past 12 months.
The majority of the country's 720 licensed race riders are members of the Association. South Australian and Western Australian branches have already extended their reach into the ranks of apprentices.
Inness said the main objectives of the national association would be to ...
- promote the educational, industrial health and safety concerns of members
- negotiate nationwide protections in areas such as insurance, super and pension funds.
The AJA will also establish a Benevolent Trust Fund for the benefit of injured members and their families.
Members of the organisation's founding national committee are: Paul Innes, Leanne Olsen (NSW); Ned Wallish, Neville Wilson (Victoria); Richard Pratt, Pam O'Neill (Queensland); Simon Price (South Australia); Bernie Ryan, Danny Miller (WA); Bill Shorten, Matt Thistlewaite (AWU).
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