||Issue No. 184||27 June 2003|
To the Victors The Spoils
History: Nest of Traitors
Interview: A Nation of Hope
Unions: National Focus
Safety: The Shocking Truth
Tribute: A Comrade Departed
History: Working Bees
Education: The Big Picture
International: Static Labour
Economics: Budget And Fudge It
Technology: Google and Campaigning
Review: Secretary With A Difference
Poetry: The Minimale
Satire: Howard Calls for Senate to be Replaced by Clap-O-Meter
Electrolux Blows Fuse at Fundraiser
ACM Loosens Handcuff on Democracy
Now For Industrial Shock and Awe
Brian Miller � Working Class Hero
Dynamite: Howard Handout for Rorters
Family Case to Nurture Mothers
Militants Lock Out Another 600
Tipping the Turtle � Fijian Style
Westie Takes On Westfield �Hypocrisy�
Eleventh Hour Reprieve for Women's Centre
The Locker Room
The Story in General
Thinking of America
Labor Council of NSW
Wages Blemish Sound Budget
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the dark spot was funding for teachers, with the government making no contingency for a wage rise above three per cent already offered.
"As the Teachers Federation has already ruled out those offer, this appears to be a recipe for confrontation in our schools," Robertson says.
He says the handling of the teachers claim was important to all public sector workers, with pay rise talks rolling out across health, fire fighters, police and public servants over the next 18 months.
"The last thing we need is to see the government lock itself into an unacceptable framework for wage negotiations," Robertson says.
"The public deserves a well-resourced public sector and a Labor Government's top priority must be ensuring that public sector workers receive decent wages and conditions."
But he's welcomed the move to apply payroll tax to CEO share and option packages was an important initiative in reining in corporate excess.
"Our research shows us that the more you pay CEOs the worse a company performs, so any steps to make excessive packages less attractive are good public policy," Robertson says.
Robertson also said spending commitments in health and community services were welcome initiatives that targeted resources at those most in need.
"The 25 per cent boost in funding for DOCS is a huge step forward and improvements to nurses' career paths will keep more locally trained nurses in the system," he says.
Other budget measures that won union approval also include:
- $13 million to implement the recommendations of the Workplace Safety Summit
- 1000 public housing tenants to be put through employment training programs
- $4.6 million to employ additional fire fighters
- and measures to better resource the NSW Police Force.
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