||Issue No. 191||15 August 2003|
Three Year Itch
Interview: The New Deal
Unions: In the Line of Hire
Culture: Too Cool for the Collective?
International: The Domino Effect
Industrial: A Spanner in the Works
National Focus: Gathering of the Tribes
History: The Welcome Nazi Tourist
Bad Boss: Domm, Domm Turn Around
Poetry: Just Move On.
Review: Reality Bites
The Locker Room
MUA CD Launch
The Remittance Man
Labour relations and regulatory approaches to health and safety management in Europe - including small firms
Professor David Walters
University of Cardiff, Wales, UK
The seminar will discuss the development of arrangements for regulating OHS management in health and safety in the EU and will focus especially on the role of worker representation in this process. Starting from the adoption of supra-national measures at the level of the EU, it will trace their implementation in different EU countries against the background of change in the structure and organization of work and fragmentation of the labour market. It focuses particularly in trade union responses to these changes and comments on the role of work environment issues in trade union labour relations strategy currently and for the future.
David Walters is TUC Professor of Work Environment at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He has researched and written widely on the subject of regulation and labour relations of health and safety in Europe. He is editor of the journal Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. Recent publications include Health and Safety in Small Enterprises (2001) and Regulating Health and Safety Management in the European Union (2002).
Date: Friday, 22nd August 2003
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: TMP/HUDSON Global Resources
Level 12, 123 Pitt St (between Hunter St and Martin Pl.), Sydney
School of Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour, UNSW
Industrial Relations Research Centre, UNSW
OHS/Risk Management Special Interest Group, Australian Human Resources Institute
For more information contact Marie Kwok on 9385 7156 or [email protected]
Tom Keneally and Malcolm Knox at Gleebooks
author of The Tyrant's Novel
in conversation with MALCOLM KNOX
WHERE: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd. Glebe
WHEN: Thursday 14th August, 6:30 for 7:00pm
COST: $8/$5 conc & gleeclub
BOOKINGS: ph: 9660 2333 or email: [email protected]
An oil rich country. A tyrant. A deadline to die for ...
Trapped behind barbed wire in an alien land, a man used to guarding his secrets is compelled to set the record straight ...
$8/$5 conc gleeclub welcome
Gleebooks: 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe 2037
Please RSVP to gleebooks - ph:
British Trade Union Campaign Seeks Solidarity from Australian Workers
Supporters of two victimised British trade unionists are asking their Australian brothers and sisters for support in their campaign to get justice for the two men, Michael Herbert (TGWU) and Leslie Asher (GMB).The two men are active union representatives at Manchester City Council in England, which hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Leslie Asher is a leading rank and file trade union representative and also active in the black workers movement, while Michael Herbert is also editor of the North West Labour History Journal.
For the past 7 and 10 years respectively they have represented their unions in a joint management/trade union team on Best Value, a team seen by many as
a model of best practice and good industrial relations.
On 25th April the Town Hall management unilaterally tore up the agreement and gave notice that Michael and Leslie had to leave the team on 31st May, claiming that after 7 and 10 years they were still „on secondment‰! They also drastically reduced their grades and salaries, slashing a total of eleven thousand pounds from their joint pay at a stroke, and ˆ without discussion or consultation - ordered them into jobs at much lower grades.
The Council is refusing to discuss the issue with the trade unions.
Both men are currently off sick with stress and also suffering financial hardship. Friends and colleagues have formed an independent support group to publicise the case to the labour movement at home and abroad, The Friends of Michael Herbert and Leslie AsherThe campaign is supporting Michael and Leslie‚s request that their status and salaries be restored and that the Council find them posts at that level of responsibility. Supporters includes trade unionists, academics, labour historians, artists, musicians, writers, pensioners and many others.
The campaign is asking Australian workers to do the following;
1. Sign the online petition which can be accessed through the website
2. Send an email to the following people at Manchester city Council
expressing concern about the case and asking that they recommence immediate
negotiations with the trades unions. (When doing so it would be a good idea
to indicate that people are writing from Australia, mention their union and
ask for a reply as soon as possible)
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
Email: [email protected]
Councillor Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester city Council
Email: [email protected]
Mr Jon Redfern, Head of Personnel, Manchester City council
Email: [email protected]
3. Raise the issue in union branches. The more emails they receive, the quicker the employer will see sense on this issue!.
For more information contact Bernadette Hyland, Campaign Co-ordinator for The Friends group, [email protected]
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