||Issue No. 267||10 June 2005|
Rivers of Gold
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
All The Way With The USA
Expensive Door Charge
Teen Years in Detention
Court Cases are Media’s Drug
Lang Is Right
Hertz Meenz Hurtz
NSW Packs IR Scrum
A motion before this weekend’s state ALP conference urges the Carr Government to use its power to back workers rights to the same extent that the Feds promote employer interests.
"We expect state Labor governments to fight for the rights to collectively bargain with the same vigour that the Howard government is foisting its AWA agenda on businesses it deals with," Unions NSW secretary, John Robertson, says.
"Mr Carr has boasted that his legislation is the most balanced in the country, so we want him to do all in his power to abide by it and defend it."
The union proposal would also enshirine collective bargaining rights on all state government-funded projects.
The move will sidestep Federal government attempts to force workers on infrastructure projects onto individual contracts and would underpin state industrial relations laws.
Business Dole Queried
In a separate motion to be debated at the conference Unions NSW is calling for a review of businesses trousering taxpayers' money.
While welcoming Carr's injection of $35 billion into infrastructure, unions are concerned about the Public Private Partnership model, saying such moves have safety risks and will cost taxpayers.
"We're concerned that Public Private Partnerships can develop into a form of welfare for business," says Unions NSW secretary John Robertson. "We have to be sure that they don't degenerate into privatisation by the back door."
The issue has come to a head around a Public Private Partnership proposal to contract out maintenance of rail rolling stock in defiance of a deal struck between rail unions and the state government.
Rail workers discovered a secret plan by Railcorp to privatise maintenance workshops at Goulburn when the details were left on a fax machine.
"This is a dangerous gamble with rail safety, rail worker's jobs and reliability of services," says Nick Lewocki from the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), who pointed to the failure of such arrangements overseas.
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