||Issue No. 194||05 September 2003|
Interview: Crowded Lives
Activists: Life With Brian
Industrial: National Focus
Unions: If These Walls Could Talk
Economics: Beating the Bastards
Media: Three Corners
History: The Brisbane Line
Trade: The Dumping Problem
Review: Frankie's Way
Truckies Tip Safety on AGM Floor
Geelong Lockout Claims Family Homes
Aussie Labour Laws Fail US Test
No Accident – Insurance Dough Rises
Rheem Runs Cold On Entitlements
Unions Take It Up for Footballers
Ministers Urged to Take Responsibility
The Locker Room
Spicey and Tart
Tony and Pauline
PNG Bags Plastic
Fighting Words Craig Emerson
Labor Council of NSW
Museum Jobs Face Extinction
The unexpected support follows requests from the Museum's trustees for more information over the plan to shelve 30 positions, and for management to identify alternative areas for budget cutbacks.
The job cut proposal flies in the face of State Government policy to rejuvenate the museum and the work of John Gale, who is conducting a restructure and review of the museum for the NSW Ministry of Arts' Steering Committee in line with state government policy.
"The staff are really positive about John Gale," says Public Service Association Industrial Officer Kerri Butson who is looking to meet with the Ministry of Arts and the museum's trustees in the near future to achieve a better outcome than the one currently facing museum staff. "The issue for us is the proposed budget strategies."
A meeting in August of PSA members employed at the museum passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the museum's current executive. The museum's executive had proposed the job cuts as a solution to a budget shortfall that staff accuse management of being aware of but not making allowances for.
The proposed job cuts come on top of losses in a previous restructure that saw 12% of the Museum's total workforce slashed. At that time museum staff were told that the restructure would ensure the viability of all remaining positions and the continued health of the museum.
The cuts will have an impact on the museum's ability to mount exhibitions and is reported to be affecting staff morale.
"Staff believe that, because of poor management strategies, they are again to going to have to pay the price with their jobs," says Burtson.
Burtson met with the museum's trustees to recommend that the current executive be replaced, a position that the current executive also shared. The trustees, who will meet next week, have made no decision on the future of the executives.
The Museum's controversial director, Mike Archer has been accused of not responding to staff concerns.
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