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  Issue No 29 Official Organ of LaborNet 03 September 1999  

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News

Overseas Trip for Organiser of the Year


The Labor Council has announced its inaugural Organiser of the Year award and will sponsor an overseas working holiday for the outstanding unionist who puts the talk of organising into practise.

The $2000 prize will be awarded at the Labor Council executive dinner in November, after entrants are judged by a panel including ACTU president Jennie George, TUTA director Michael Crosby and Labor Council secretary Michael Costa.

Entrants are asked to provide a 500-1000 work report on how they have applied the principles of organising to a workplace or group of workers. The entries will then be published in Workers Online.

The deadline for submissions is November 11 and entires should be sent to Workers Online at Level 10, 377 Sussex Street, Sydney 2000 or emailed via the link at the bottom of this page.

Survey Shows More Stressed Workers

Meanwhile an ACTU survey of more than 7,000 workers has found the majority of full time employees are working more than 40 hours a week, less than half are satisfied with the balance between work and family life and a third feel their job has become less secure in the last 12 months.

The ACTUthis week released its national survey on Employment Security and Working Hours. The survey analysed results from almost 7000 employees across Australia. Those surveyed worked as teachers (private and public schools); in local government, finance, manufacturing and the federal public sector.

ACTU Assistant Secretary Greg Combet says the survey reveals that many people are working unreasonable hours, that the sheer amount of work they have to do has increased, with accompanying health and safety problems. Almost half of those who responded are working some unpaid overtime each week.

"On top of this, many employees are feeling less secure in their jobs and there is a distinct increase in the number of casuals and contract employees being employed in many workplaces," he says

Key results from the survey show that 55% of those surveyed are working 40 or more hours a week. Almost half (45%) are working some unpaid overtime every week and almost half (49%) have suffered health problems because of their working conditions.

Less than half of those surveyed (44%) are happy with their balance between work and family, and a third of permanent full time workers want to work fewer hours per week.

Mr Combet said unions will respond to the issues identified in the national survey through activity in the workplace.

"When so many employees are prepared to actively support change, as revealed by our survey, it is important that unions remain at the forefront - formulating claims and negotiating improvements at the workplace."


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In this issue
Features
*  Activists: Virtually Here - Eric Lee
From the Kibbutz to cyberspace, Andrew Casey profiles the work of an Internet class warrior.
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*  Interview: Net Benefits
Sean Kidney has been combining business savvy with social justice for more than a decade. He gives us his take on unions and the Net.
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*  International: Dateline Dili
As the United Nations attempts to begin counting the votes from East Timorís independence referendum, the capital Dili is rapidly spiralling out of control.
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*  Unions: Secret Herbs and Spices
Read KFC worker Claire Hamilton's speech to last week's Second Wave Rally.
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*  Politics: Loosening Laborís Links?
Is Labor under Kim Beazley fundamentally changing its social appeal and turning itself into the Australian equivalent of Bill Clintonís Democrats?
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*  Labour Review: What's New at the Information Centre
Our regular update on papers and articles for union officials and students.
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*  History: Immigration, Racism and the Labour Movement
An upcoming conference asks some hard questions about the politics of immigration.
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*  Satire: Crime Figures Down: NSW Elections Postponed
The release of statistics showing decreasing crime rates has threatened to delay the next NSW election.
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*  Review: Trains of Treasure
A new CD of poems and songs pays tribute to our rich locomotive history.
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News
»  Workersí Savings to Bankroll Vizard Plan
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»  Dress Nazis: Undies, Jewellery in Uniform Code
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»  Clothing Farce: Only the Smalls are Home Grown
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»  Overseas Trip for Organiser of the Year
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»  State Transit Lodges Claim on Bus Drivers
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»  Compo Stats Donít Justify Slash and Burn
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»  Second Wave on Misos Menu
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»  Workers Rally To Protect Disabled Homes
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»  Carr Ministersí New Years Eve Betrayal
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»  Telstra Execs Doing Quite Well, Thank You
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»  Award Breach. Did Nike Just Do It?
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»  Unions Back League Class Struggle
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»  STOP PRESS: Images of Burma
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»  Musos, Authors in Joint Fundraiser
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Columns
»  Guest Report
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Piers Watch
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Letters to the editor
»  Is Bevis a Butthead?
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»  More Vizard Feedback
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»  The Republican Soapbox
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»  Pensioners' Plea
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