||Issue No. 287||28 October 2005|
A Sick Set of Laws
Interview: Under Fire
Politics: And the Winners Are ...
Economics: The Common Wealth
History: Walking for Justice
International: Deja Vu
Legal: The Rights Stuff
Review: That Cinderella Fella
Poetry: Is Howard Kidding?
The Locker Room
PM's Fatal Flush
Sign of the Times
Labor's Love Lost
Activist's What's On!
Day for the Family
National Day of Community Protest on Tuesday 15 November.
The Coalition government is planning to radically change Australia's industrial relations system. In the coming weeks, the Coalition wants to push through new laws which will unfairly curtail your rights at work, cut the amount of time you can spend with family, and erode your job security.
At a time when many working families are struggling to keep their heads above water, existing pay and conditions will not be protected.
Australians will be worse off under the Government's 'like it or lump it' proposals, where:
* Companies that employ under 100 workers will be exempt from unfair dismissal laws, leaving 3.6 million Australians unprotected;
* Any worker can be put on an AWA individual contract at any time that removes conditions and cuts take home pay;
* No Australian worker will have any legally enforceable right to bargain collectively with their employer; and
* Work will unfairly intrude on family life when employers can demand greater flexibility from workers with little or no improvement in pay and conditions.
For more information go to: http://actu.asn.au/work_rights/get_involved/hookup_flyer.html
Union Postcard from America
Amanda Tattersall is currently in North America doing research on community unionism. She will be back in Australia soon for a brief visit and is keen to share what she has learned and observed in the last few months visiting many different organisations doing very interesting work.
Unions NSW is pleased to host a seminar with Amanda between 3.30pm and 5pm on Friday, 4th November, in the Ground Floor Training Room, 377 Sussex St, Sydney.
This will be a very timely discussion as the Australian Union Movement gears up for the second phase of its campaign opposing the Federal Government's workplace changes. We need to develop sustainable opposition in workplaces and the community that build real power for ordinary working people and their families. Amanda will talk about different union and community based campaigns she has observed, what worked, what didn't and the implications for the current Australian context.
She will briefly share her experiences of the fracturing of the American labor movement (she attended both the AFL-CIO Convention and the Change to Win Conventions). She will also address the issue of union recognition ballots and how that election system for union recognition operates in America.
There will be plenty of time for discussion and for those interested we can continue that discussion over a drink at a nearby hotel.
Please RSVP by the 2nd November to Alison Peters at Unions NSW on 0425 231 814 or by email [email protected]
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