||Issue No. 310||09 June 2006|
I'm No Economist, But ….
Interview: Rock Solid
Industrial: Eight Simple Rules for Employing My Teenage Daughter
Politics: The Johnnie Code
Energy: Fission Fantasies
History: All The Way With Clarrie O'Shea
International: Closer to Home
Economics: Taking the Fizz
Unions: Stronger Together
Review: Montezuma's Revenge
Poetry: Fair Go Gone
The Locker Room
Greens Are Good For You
Calling All Micks!
Coming Up Swinging
Mining For Gold
Blood Spangled Banner
Never To Be Repeated Offer
Your Rights At Work
Viva La Resolution
The ACTU is launching a series of TV ads on Sunday featuring real people telling real stories about how WorkChoices has hurt them.
The Cowra meatworkers, embroiled in one of the first WorkChoices battles when their employer tried to sack them and re-hire them on less coin, are featured, as are childcare, retail, council and white collar workers who have all been punted or had their conditions cut as result of the new laws.
A second series of ads features a family confronting the reality of AWAs, before viewers are asked 'how will WorkChoices affect your family'?
Unions also have a raft of resolutions before the conference, addressing issues as diverse as workplace safety, the impact of WorkChoices, the rights of cleaners, planning, skills shortages and manufacturing policy.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has put a number of motions before the NSW ALP Employment and Industrial Relations Policy Committee on the impact of WorkChoices, calling on the NSW Government to review legislation to protect apprentices, union right of entry, holidays and sub contractors, as well as addressing certification of 'guest workers'.
The SDA is proposing a motion that would see Labor governments protect workers under 18 from individual contracts.
The Australian Services Union is also moving to stop contracting out by NSW State Government State Owned Corporations, while the United Services Union is leading a charge against local councils downsizing or outsourcing services to the community.
The NSW ALP conference is scheduled for Sydney Town hall this weekend.
ACTU secretary Greg Combet will launch the TV ads on Sunday June 11 at 12.30pm at the Unions NSW Auditorium in the Trades Hall Building, Goulburn and Dixon Street, Sydney.
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