||Issue No. 298||10 March 2006|
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
Unions: Bad Medicine
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Economics: Long Division
International: Union Proud
Politics: Howardís Sick Joke
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Culture: News Front
The Locker Room
Debnam Dogs on Libs
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said Debnam's support for moves to protect public servants from the legislation showed unions were winning the war against Howard's IR laws.
"Debnam is so rattled by the polls he wouldn't support stated Liberal party policy to shift IR laws to the Commonwealth," says Robertson. "If we can rattle state Liberal politicians we can rattle Federal politicians."
"We're on the right track."
Debnam's move is an about-face from the stance of his predecessor, John Brogden. But it leaves him in a tricky situation as he is still backing Work Choices to cover private sector workers in the state.
Last month, Debnam unveiled plans for the mass sackings of NSW public servants that will be more difficult and more expensive outside Work Choices.
Debnam has supported Iemma Government legislation that moves its employees from statutory corporations to the Crown.
Now employees of State Owned Corporations (SOCs) are calling on the Iemma government to extend protection to cover workers at businesses such as RailCorp, Delta electricity and Sydney Water.
Employees of SOCs are not considered public servants, but instead are deemed to be employees of individual corporations that happened to be owned by the state. It is a fine distinction, but it leaves SOCs workers without the protection granted to public servants under the NSW laws.
In Queensland the Beattie Government has directed management of SOCs in that state, such as Queensland Rail, not to use WorkChoices against workers.
The news came as the Queensland Council of Unions announced it would join Unions NSW in a high court challenge against the laws, which has been set down for May 4.
Robertson also revealed that ACTU TV ads promoting the Your Rights At Work campaign would return to TV screens at the end of this month.
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