|Issue No 27||20 August 1999|
Second Steggles Mum Wins Job Back
A woman who quit her job after having family-busting hours imposed on her has been guaranteed her job back as chicken manufacturer Steggles battles negative publicity about its work practices.
Steggles management offered to re-employ Mhauri Saunders after she threatened to argue that her resignation to care for her family amounted to "constructive dismissal". Fearing another public backlash, management have now indicator that Saunders can keep her job.
The move follows their backdown over a direction to another working mum, Kym Wood, to start work at 6.30am or face termination proceedings.
Ms Wood, who was unable to find child care for her three children at that early hour, has become - in the words of one newspaper columnist -- "a hero" for working mums everywhere.
The Australian Services Union (Clerical Branch) which had taken up the case of the Steggles workers, says the move shows how ordinary workers can take on management and win if they work together.
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
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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.
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