The truth has been breaking out in all sorts of strange places this week.
Interview: Organising In Cyberspace
Workers Online speaks to the ACTU's Union Organiser of the Year, Greg Harvey from the RTBU, who has been using cutting edge ways to communicate with a blue-collar workforce spread across five states.
Industrial: How Low Is Low
Neale Towart looks at the much hyped link between minimum wages and employment
Industrial: Cloak and Dagger
The Howard Govwernment has begun rolling out workshops to inform employers on how to use WorkChoices. Sean Ambrose sneaked through the doors for Workers Online.
Unions: Bad Medicine
Nathan Brown reports on how Australia Post’s dodgy Faculty Nominated Doctor system is leaving sick workers feeling worse.
History: Right Turn, Clyde
Bob Gould believes news of Clyde Cameron’s demise may be premature
Economics: Long Division
Kenneth Davidson looks at a successful political strategy
International: Union Proud
A University of California librarian calls for union labels to increase worker visibility
Politics: Howard’s Sick Joke
Phil Doyle looks at an attack on one of the great achievements of the union movement
Indigenous: The year of living dangerously
That mob in parliament house seems to be hopelessly out of touch with Indigenous Australia. So much so, that Graham Ring wonders if the House on the Hill is becoming a ‘cultural museum’.
Review: Lights, Camera, Strike!
Mandrake the Electrician has been down to the video store over the summer and rounded up the Top Ten Union Movies of all time.
Culture: News Front
If the owners are selling off papers, perhaps the unions should buy them says Mark Dobbie.
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Jacko: "I'm Bad"
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Builders' Cleavage Strikes Gold
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Brough Love for Women
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Hunt on for Asbestos Crims
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Brough Love for Women
A Howard Government Minister has slammed an Industrial Relations Commission decision that aims to right the “obvious undervaluation” of child-care workers in NSW.
Minister for Family, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough criticised the decision, which boosts the pay of the largely female workforce by up to $160 a week, saying employers will struggle.
"I don't know of any small business in any part of the Australian economy that could substantiate paying between $80 and $160 a week more and is able to stay in business," Brough said.
Some full-time child-care workers are paid as little as $524 a week.
The secretary of the union that covers childcare workers said low wages were making the industry unsustainable.
"You can't keep this industry alive on the backs of poorly paid women - it's unjust," the LHMU's Annie Owens said.
Owens said the Government - particularly women MPs - should stand up for community access to quality childcare.
"We're hoping that [Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister] Jackie Kelly will lead by sitting down with her female political colleagues from across all the parties to find a good, positive, solution to the problems of this sector - a solution which the Government, the community, parents and the childcare workforce can support."
The NSW Industrial Relations Commission decided last week to hand childcare workers a 16 per cent pay boost on the basis of the historically unequal status of women.
"These [women], working with vulnerable children in their care, have, in the main, themselves been unable to negotiate appropriate rates of pay," the judgement said.
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