Solidarity Gets Sexy
Here’s an image of modern trade unionism: articulate soap stars gives evidence to Senate inquiry into free trade; young IT workers pressure the government to get Big Brother out of the workplace and strapping young footballers join the union to take on the might of Murdoch’s NRL.
Interview: As They Say In The Bible ...
One the movement’s great characters, Public Service Association general secretary Maurie O’Sullivan, is calling it a day. He looks back on his career with Workers Online.
Industrial: Just Doing It
Sportswear giant, Nike, is the first company to sign off on an agreement that purports to protect Australian clothing workers, wherever they labour, writes Jim Marr.
Unions: Breaking Into the Boys Club
For a 23-year-old woman who has never worked in the trade, recruiting young construction apprentices into the union has its challenges, reports Carly Knowles.
Activists: Making the Hard Yards
Mal Cochrane came to the smoke as part of an Aboriginal avalanche that redefined the face of Rugby League. Today, he serves his community through the trade union movement.
Bad Boss: In the Pooh
What do you give a boss who makes his workers labour in raw sewage? A nomination for the Tonys.
Unions: National Focus
In the national wrap Noel Hester finds a Victorian Misso delo who is redistributing lucre from Eddie McGuire into workers’ theatre, South Australian unions taking that Let’s Get Real stuff seriously, an American unionist fronts up at a distinguished ‘meeting of the brains’ in Adelaide and a look at the line up for ACTU Congress.
Economics: Pop Will Eat Itself
Dick Bryan wonders if we can be insured against pop economists promising financial nirvana as well as financial market instability.
Technology: Dean for President
Paul Smith looks at how the internet is helping one Democrat candidate to the front of the primary pack
International: Rangoon Rumble
Union Aid Abroad's Marj O'Callaghan looks at Australia's weak response to developments in Burma.
Education: Blackboard Jungle
Lifelong learning shouldn’t mean cutting jobs, but that's exactly what the Carr Government is proposing, argues Tony Brown
Review: From Weakness to Strength
Labor Council crime-fighter Chris Christodoulou catches up with his boyhood hero, the Incredible Hulk
Resident bard David Peetz pens the song the Industrial Relations Commission needed to hear
Gloves Off Over Workers’ Rights
Win for Victims of Rio Tinto "Blood Sport"
League Players Join Union Team
The Stack Goes On
Trolley Rort Gathers Pace
Allende Comes to Fairfield
Vale Ernie Razborsek
Kodak Chops Workers from Picture
Stool Lady’s Stand Vindicated
Nurses Seek Work-Based Elder Care
Aussie Stars Buck Trade Off
High Tech Pokies Threaten Jobs
Rabbi Laurie Coskey from San Diego adds her voice to the global campaign for just for cleaners in Westfield malls.
The Locker Room
The Name In The Game
In an age of the sportsperson as celebrity it seems that names are overtaking the games, writes Phil Doyle.
The New Globalism
Southern Thailand’s terrorist activities: facts or fiction asks HT Lee
Does This Make Me a Raving Trot?
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League Players Join Union Team
Rugby league players have signalled their determination to secure industrial
rights with the National Rugby League, and clubs by officially joining the NSW Labor Council.
Their affiliation as a trade union will give them access to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission as well as assistance from the man who represented the huge workforce for the Sydney Olympics, Labor Council’s Chris Christodoulou.
Rugby League Players Association president Tony Butterfield says the
affiliation is recognition that league players need industrial rights.
"While there are a small number of highly paid stars in our game, the majority are
not, it is these players that the Association is primarily working to protect," Butterfield says.
"Our number one priority is to get a set of decent conditions enshrined in a
legally-binding enterprise agreement."
Key issues for the Collective Bargaining Agreement include:
- minimum wage provisions
- Health, Education and Welfare.
- labour market control measures (eg Salary Cap, Talent Equalisation)
- protection of workers entitlements should clubs go bust
- workload issues, linked to the number of games played in a period of time
- long service leave and annual leave provisions
- and the right to be consulted on key issues
The Association also wants elite players to have improved freedoms and rights to their image and reputation for the purposes of marketing themselves.
"We have spent three years in good-faith negotiations to up-date the now fully professional occupation of Rugby League player." Butterfield says "With the support of other NSW unions our intention is to establish basic employment rights for the athletes that will translate into an attractive and viable career opportunity for current and Junior players"
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