||Issue No. 246||12 November 2004|
How It Comes To This
Interview: The Reich Stuff
Economics: Crime and Punishment
Environment: Beyond The Wedge
International: The End Of The Lucky Country
Safety: Tests Fail Tests
Politics: Labo(u)r Day
Human Rights: Arabian Lights
History: Labour's Titan
Review: Foxy Fiasco
Poetry: Then I Saw The Light
The Locker Room
Carr Flips on Rail
On one day, last week, NSW Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca said the state would not cop Federal Industrial relations laws, while Premier Bob Carr threatened to use them against rail workers.
"What Bob Carr needs is a reality check," AMWU secretary Paul Bastian said. "He needs to realise he's there to represent workers.
"For too long the government has tried to shift the blame onto workers. It's not on."
Bastian, whose union represents maintenance workers at RailCorp, lambasted the government for failing to maintain adequate investment in rail infrastructure.
Industrial action by united rail unions is looming as RailCorp management refuse to shift from a 'take it or leave it' approach to EBA negotiations.
Bosses Get Rise
This comes as RailCorp senior management trousers pay rises of up to $15,000 a year for presiding over the chaotic system.
Since government and one media outlet target rail staff for the system's shambles frontline workers have been bearing the brunt of a 'trainrage' empidemic.
Union leaders have called for the public to not blame frontline staff for the systems failings.
Meanwhile, commuter anger has coalesced into a refuse-to-pay-day scheduled for Monday, November 22.
The campaign has been organised by Rebecca Turner from the Sydney suburb of Carlingford.
Turner is appealing to disgruntled commuters to refuse to buy a ticked on the 22nd to protest against the state of Sydney's train system.
"We support the public campaign over poor service and understand their difficulties," Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, says.
"Public inquiries at stations tells us there will be thousands of people turning up without tickets on Monday 22nd November 2004. This will result in commuters arriving without tickets creating potentially unsafe situations on the stations, which may require station staff to open automatic barriers to facilitate the safe movement of passengers.
"It would be impossible for Transit Officers to issue fines for thousands of commuters.
"We would expect them to assist in safely moving people."
Turner has set up an email address for frustrated commuters to get in touch with her campaign. The address is [email protected]
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