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Unions: Thinking Pink
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Bad Boss: Global Bully
If nothing else, US-based call centre giant TeleTech is consistent. After being nosed out of last year’s Bad Boss gong it is back, bigger and badder than ever in its search for Tony honours.
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In this national round up by Noel Hester, Hugh McKay tells us how the young are sticking together in a bewildered society, the gongs get handed out at the ACTU awards and there is a chance to win as a worthy wordsmith.
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On New Years Day as you look at the wine stains and tread on a soggy puddle on the carpet, will you look for the phone and call a cleaner? Gabrielle Meagher gives a few ethical dilemmas to confront before you make that call.
History: Young Blood
Youth is no barrier to political leadership, as the 37-year-old John Watson proved 100 years ago, writes Neale Towart.
Industrial: Living For Work?
Mark Hearn reports from a recent conference addressing the dilemma of work, citizenship and community.
International: Fighting Together
The international trade union movement is launching a Global Unions HIV/AIDS campaign to combat the spread of the virus.
Poetry: Medicare Plus Blues
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Peeking Dicks in Pickle
Nine hospital workers were trailed around Sydney by private eyes, and illegally photographed and videotaped before being sacked for buying takeaways during 12-hour shifts.
NSW Labor Council made the extraordinary claims to the IRC this week, submitting the actions of both Western Sydney Health Services and Websters Security should be referred to authorities for prosecution under the Workplace Video Surveillance Act.
Labor Council representative, Nancy Carl, said all nine workers - security guards employed between Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals - had been followed and filmed without a warrant for three weeks.
Western Sydney Health Services had applied for warrants, she said, claiming to suspect the guards were involved in vandalism, and the theft of money from vending machines. It hired Websters Security to trail and record their activities, prior to warrants being issued, and at the end of three weeks claimed they had breached policy by stopping at Dominos and a local Chinese restaurant.
Carl told Workers Online it was "obvious" the covert surveillance had borne out none of the employer's stated suspicions.
"All these people were videoed, photographed and secretly followed around western Sydney for three weeks. Then they were called in and summarily dismissed for leaving hospital premises," she said.
"They worked 12 hour shifts between the two hospitals. What they would do, was call into Dominos or the local Chinese for takeaways when they were driving between between Blacktown and Mt Druitt."
Each of the security guards is claiming to have been unjustifiably dismissed. All are seeking to be reinstated to positions they lost in September, 2002.
Seven of the nine are being represented by the HSU (Health Services Union). The Labor Council sought leave to appear because of the significance of what Carl described as " the blatant abuse of workplace surveillance".
Final submissions are expected to be heard by NSW IRC deputy president Sams next Wednesday.
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