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  Issue No 27 Official Organ of LaborNet 20 August 1999  





Former Union Leader to Investigate SOCOG Uniforms

Former textiles union boss and SOCOG Board member Anna Booth will travel to Fiji to inspect the production of Sydney 2000 uniforms following union concerns they are being made in breach of a labour Code of Practise.

Olympics Minister Michael Knight agreed to send an official to inspect conditions in the Free Trade Zone in Fiji and his choice of Booth has been welcomed by unions.

"We think its good that someone with an understanding of the textile and clothing industry has been sent on this mission," Labor Council senior industrial officer Chris Christadoulou says

The Textile Clothing and Footwear Union called for the investigation after it was revealed that uniforms for Games officials, staff and athletes would be made offshore, The union believes that 130,000 pair of trousers and 7,000 blazers would be produced in Fiji and 60,000 jackets made in Malaysia.

SOCOG says the reasons are that Australia lacks expertise for the production of some garments, like non-iron trousers, along with the higher cost of Australian production.

The TCFUA maintains all production should be local, but that, as a minimum, SOCOG should take steps to ensure its own Code of Labour Practise" is met.

Under the code, SOCOG has undertaken that during the production of licensed goods, monitoring will occur to ensure:

- employment is freely chosen

- there is no discrimination in employment

- child labour is not used

- freedom of association and the right to collectively bargain are respected

- fair wages are paid

- hours of work are not excessive

- working conditions are decent

- the employment relationship is established and training provided

- the use of exploited outworkers is not to occur.


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In this issue
*  Interview: Stepping Up To The Plate
ACTU secretary-in-waiting Greg Combet talks about his report on international trade union trends and the need to adapt for the future.
*  Work/Time/Life: The Good Type of Wharf Security
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has locked in better job security for casuals as part of its collective agreement with P&O Ports.
*  International: Venezuela Warned By Global Labour Group
Venezuela's new Constituent Assembly has drafted a decree providing for the dissolution of the country's national trade union organisation, the CTV.
*  Legal: Politically Motivated Case Against Unionist Fails
A politically motivated extortion case against Eric Wicker, a long-time trade unionist on the Port Kembla waterfront has failed.
*  Republic: Direct Election Republicans who say YES � and MORE!
Despairing at the sight of Ted Mack and Phil Cleary fronting for Kerry Jones and the Australians for A Constitutional Monarchy? Appalled at the disastrous strategy and paralysis of the Australian Republican Movement? A significant group of Republicans has an answer for you!
*  Unions: Technology for the Times
New technology offers exciting opportunities which help union growth, according to this extract from Unions@Work.
*  History: Australian Unions and Industrial Action 1788-1900
A project is under way to compile a comprehensive record of unions, informal worker organisation and strikes from the period of European settlement to 1900 using a specially designed computer database.
*  Review: Stage Left! - Workers Theatre Hits the Mark
'Rare' is the word on the Melbourne Workers Theatre production, 'Who's Afraid of the Working Class?' currently touring the eastern states of Australia.
*  Satire: Australia's Most Earnest
Strewth magazine scours the cultural landscape for its inaugural Earnest Bastard of the Year Award.

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