||Issue No. 241||08 October 2004|
That’s All Folks!
Interview: The Last Bastian
Unions: High and Dry
Security: Liquid Borders
Industrial: No Bully For You
History: Radical Brisbane
International: No Vacancies
Economics: Life After Capitalism
Technology: Cyber Winners
Poetry: Do It Yourself Poetry
Review: Hard Labo(u)r
The Locker Room
Ashfield Moves on Home Truths
Councillors are expected to overwhelmingly endorse the measure next Tuesday as western Sydney municipalities move the asbestos debate from compensation to prevention.
The certificate, which will be required for development applications, is the headline grabber in a three-pronged approach that will see Ashfield establish an asbestos register and lobby state government for greater powers to access and remove the deadly fibre from private properties.
"We are trying to build a property profile so we know where asbestos is and its condition," motion sponsor Mark Bonanno said. "Obviously, if it's dangerous, it will have to go but if it is intact it will be added to the register which potential buyers or renovators will be able to access.
"The recent debate has all been about compensation and that was good but it is time to turn our attention to prevention."
The resolution comes as the CFMEU warns that up to 90 maintenance workers at RPA Hospital may have been exposed to white asbestos.
Independent testing of air samples from the hospital's boiler room and main tool store have returned positive results. Workers Online understands that eight out of 20 samples recorded the presence of white asbestos dust.
Central Sydney Area Health Service has isolated the problem areas and agreed to put maintenance workers through full health check-ups.
CFMEU secretary, Andrew Ferguson, welcomed the Ashfield initiative as a "positive and practical step towards a safer community".
"What Ashfield is doing is an important step in our campaign to protect residents and renovators from horrible deaths," Ferguson said.
Bonanno said he had spoken to councillors from a number of inner west municipalities and most had expressed "strong interest" in following Ashfield's lead.
He suggested inner-west councils were likely to put asbestos certification and asbestos registers on the agenda of the Local Government Association of NSW.
Meanwhile, Korean workers are challenging other communities to help them reinvigorate labour day.
More than 300 Korean members of the CFMEU, along with partners and kids, partied and played soccer last Monday to celebrate union successes and reaffirm their allegiances.
"It's an important day and workers should celebrate their successes," Ferguson said. "The Koreans have laid down a challenge to other communities and unions to help them make the day bigger, better and more important."
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