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Issue No. 269 24 June 2005  

Truth In Advertising
In the past seven days we have witnessed the unprecedented spectacle of a Howard Minister attempting to campaign on ‘Truth’. That it has come back to bite him on the bum is the clearest proof yet of some eternal notion of justice.


Interview: The Baby Drought
Social ethicist Leslie Cannold has delved into why women - and men - are having fewer children. And it all comes back to the workplace.

Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
David Peetz uncovers the truth behind the latest statistics on earnings under Australian Workplace Agreements.

Workplace: The Invisible Parents
Current government policies about work and family do not reflect the realities of either family life or the modern workplace. writes Don Edgar.

History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
The Big Fella, Jack Lang, gives an eyewitness account of the last time Conservatives tried to dismantle Australia’s industrial relations system.

Politics: All God's Children
The battle for morality is not confined to Australian polittics. Michael Walzer writes on the American perspective

Economics: Spun Out
The business groups are feeling cocky. The feds have announced their IR changes, business says they don't go far enough. What a surprise, writes Neale Towart

International: Shakey Trials
Lyndy McIntyre argues the New Zealnd IR experiment provides warnings - and hope - for the Australian union movement.

Legal: Civil Distrubance
Tom Roberts argues that there is more at stake than an attack on building workers in the looming legsilation.

Review: Crash Course In Racism
Paul Haggis flick Crash suggests that when cars collide the extent of people's prejudices are revealed sans the usual veil of political correctness, writes Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: You're Fired
New laws will leave bosses holding the whip and workers with a Raw Hide, writes resident bard David Peetz


 Choice Bro, Andrews Unmasked

 Rev Kev’s Big Stick

 Grass Roots Flourish

 Academics Give an F

 Feds Invoke Feared Beard

 Mum Gives Johnny the Slip

 Hadgkiss in Family Friendly Assault

 Slick Operator Goes Down

 Tassie in Grip of Chip Strip

 Elderly Boss Gets Cranky

 Army Used To Privatise Phones

 Dangerous Vic bosses face slammer

 Activists Whats On!


The Locker Room
Ashes to Dust
In which Phil Doyle travels to distant lands in search of a meat pie, and prepares for the joys of sleep deprivation

The Westie Wing
Ian West lists the Top Ten reasons why workers in NSW can gain some solace from having the Labor Party sitting on the Treasury benches…

The Soapbox
Dear John
In response to this year’s Federal Budget, Bishop Kevin Manning wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, Mr John Howard

 Good outlook at Hertz
 Foxtel’s folly
 Stuck for words
 More care, less scare
 Do or die time
 China throws in Mao’s towel
 Don’t strike out strikes
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Letters to the Editor

Good outlook at Hertz

It is a positive outlook for workers employed as Quality Inspectors (car detailers) at the Hertz car rental facility at Perth Domestic Airport (corner Ross and Snook Drive Redcliffe) in their continued fight for proper wages and conditions in the WA Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday June 22.

Casual employees have been guaranteed work by the WA State Manager after previously being stood down and stopped from having any regular work because of their affiliation with the TWU.

After consultation via telephone to the Melbourne head office, Hertz Western Australia has finally agreed to sit down and negotiate with its workers, although the company is still hesitant in agreeing to place its‚ workers under the Transport Workers Union (General) Award of 1961, despite the fact that it already pays its vehicle drivers under the very same award!

Workplace Delegate Nicki Shea agrees that the outlook is positive. All we have wanted from day one is the company to sit down and negotiate with us to our pay and conditions rather than place a contract in front of us basically force us to sign. If we can negotiate a better deal then obviously it benefits the workers who will be far better off financially which will only encourage job loyalty. This will also protect the interests of the company, because at the end of the day we all have a job to do and it is a credit to the workers and the TWU who have stuck together and fought for what is right and fair and that is all we can ask.

The Hertz workers have continually asked for appropriate wages to be paid under an award in order to receive penalty rates and correct pay for Saturday and Sunday work, evening shifts and leave loading, all under a TWU agreement.

Hertz at the Perth Airport operates 365 days per year from 6.30am to 11.30pm including every weekend, public holiday (Christmas, Easter etc). The matter has now been adjourned for three weeks in the WA Industrial Relations Commission, whilst talks and negotiations are undertaken by the two parties concerned.

Nicki Shea

Workplace Delegate at Hertz for the TWU.

(Further information and comment can be directed to Mr Rick Burton TWU Organiser on 0417914108 or the TWU Perth Office on (08) 93287477.)


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