||Issue No. 200||24 October 2003|
The Hard Yards
Interview: No Ifs, No Butts
Unions: National Focus
Industrial: Fools Gold
Bad Boss: Bones of Contention
History: The Gong Show
Politics: The Hawke Legacy
International: Sick Nation
Economics: Closed Minds
Review: Mixing Pop and Politics
Poetry: One Size Fits All
The Locker Room
Advance Australia Where?
God Save Us All
US Seeking Aussie Info
Call The Doctor
Bring Back Gough
Bring Back Social Democracy
Look East, Look West
Memo ALP Members: Think About Unions
"This is the first popular vote for president and was expressly promoted to compensate unions for the reduction of their institutional voting rights," Mr Robertson says.
"In this context it is vital that the popularly elected president is supportive of unions, union members and union values."
A recent survey of presidential candidates by the LHMU received the following responses from the candidates:
Mary Easson: Member of the United Services Union and has been a union member all her working life. Mary has also been a union organiser. She believes that unions, working in partnership with the ALP can change our society: to rebuild the public realm, to discover amongst all the modern pressures, the virtues of community, of tolerance, of decency, of respect. "Through solidarity we build a society in which collective strength compensates for individual weaknesses," Easson says. Mary was the member for Lowe from 1993 to 1996.
Warren Mundine: Member of the Australian Workers Union and has been a
union member since he was 18. Warren believes unions are the foundation rock
of the Labor Party and has vowed to fight to make sure our elected politicians never forget what the union movement has achieved for working Australians. "We need a partnership with the union movement to the future to make sure working men and women are never left behind by any government." If elected, Watte4n would be the first indigenous President of the Party.
Monica Gould: Member of the National Union of Workers and has been a unionist all her working life. She was also the first female president of the Millers and Grocers Union and was Minister for Industrial Relations in the first Bracks Government. Monica supported the move by Simon Crean to create an equal partnership between the industrial wing and the party's membership.
Barry Jones: Member of Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Barry
has been a union member since 1950, included an elected executive member of the Victorian Secondary Teachers' Association. He believes the ALP must build a firm alliance between unionists and on-unionists. "I would encourage public debate on making unions more responsive to the needs of workers," Jones says. Barry was National President from 1992 to 2003.
Duncan Kerr -Not a union member. He has a long history of working with unions including the LHMU. His vision is for unions to empower ALP members with the relevant knowledge to assist in industrial campaigns. "Unions should be able to rely on the ALP, which they founded, to support the mission of the union movement," Kerr says
Sarah Burke - Not a member of the union. Previously employed as a casual organiser for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association. "As a lawyer, I practice mainly in the areas of employment law and enjoy achieving successful results for my clients, most of whom are employees." Burke says.
Grace Grace - Currently member of NUW, ASU Clerical and CPSU and has been a full-time union official for 23 years. Grace was an industrial officer for 10 years with FSU, elected industrial officer to Queensland Council of Union in 1989 and elected QCU general secretary in October 2000. Says she will encourage the ALP to strengthen its ties with unions. "It is crucial that the ALP reverses the legislative changes adopted by the Howard Government that restrict the rights of workers and unions to organise collectively," Grace says.
Michael Samaras - Member of MEAA and previously a member of the PSA, CPSU and the SDA. Michael believes that unions are central to the ALP and have a central role to play in reminding Labor Governments and Oppositions of the needs and priorities of people who otherwise would not be properly represented. He also proposes the 'radical' option of 'closed primaries' which would allow affiliated unionists to participate in ALP preselections.
Susan Ryan Not a union member.- Was inspired to join the Party and seek to represent itin Federal Parliament. Since retiring from Parliament in 1988, Susan has worked in the superannuation sector. She has retained her Party allegiance but until now has not sought any position beyond rank and file member. "In my role, I would take every chance to advocate the Party's principles, internally and to the world at large, supportive always of the parliamentary party in its efforts to win government," Ryan says.
Shelley Archer - Member and former workplace delegate for the CPSU/CSA and former senior industrial officer Australian Nurses Federation. She believes the union movement and the ALP could look at taking a more constructive role in encouraging union members to join their respective ALP branches. "The union movement founded the Australian Labor Party and as such must still remain integral to its functioning," Archer says.
Carmen Lawrence - Says union membership for MPs is not required under the WA rules, but before entering Parliament in 1986. She was a member of the University of Western Australia Staff Association and has had honorary membership of the MUA. She was prominent among MPs in WA supporting the MUA during the waterfront dispute. "Because of my involvement in the women's movement, I believe I could be particularly effective in urging more young women to join unions to improve their conditions." Lawrence says. Carmen Lawrence has however been a strong supporter of a reduced role for unions in the ALP for many years. Carmen Lawrence has been a long time advocate for a reduced role for unions in the Party.
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