A Values Call
Opposition leader Kim Beazley has copped a bit of flak in the past week for his Aussie Values Pledge, but we reckon he got it at least half right.
Interview: Australia’s Most Wanted
The ACCC is the latest state agency to turn its guns on the construction union. National official, Dave Noonan, discusses the implications.
Industrial: The Fox and the Contractor
With new laws looming for “independent contractors”, Foxtel subbies have had the carpet pulled from under their feet, writes Nathan Brown.
Unions: Industrial Wasteland
A group of inner-Sydney veterans appear to be working to strip their families of retirement incomes. Jim Marr records their desperation.
International: Two Bob's Worth
German and British workers are participating in business decisions while WorkChoices locks Australians out of the conversation, writes Anthony Forsyth.
Economics: National Interest
John Howard claimed that interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government than under Labor, Neale Towart crunchess the numbers.
Environment: The Real Dinosaur
Economic ignorance remains at the top and the critics are oblivious says Sol Power
History: Only In Spain?
The experiences of self management during the Civil War have been the one positive factor to come from that tragic event, and the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation thrives today.
Review: Clerk Off
Nathan Brown draws solace from some fellow social misfits.
From Comrades to CUBs
Workers Demand Right to Know
Flying Kangaroo Eyes Passage to India
It’s A Secret: Ballot Boosts ABC Campaign
Brake WorkChoices, NSW Urged
City or the Bush? It’s Telstra’s Call
Compo Rights a Burning Issue
2500 Get Coles Shoulder
Hardie Payrise Stiffs Victims
WorkChoices Reverse Somersault with Pike
Qantas Workers Ground AWAs
Latest Import: Childcare Workers
Let Tem Eat Cake!
Mugabe Thugs Mug Unionists
MLC Ian West ventures beyond Macquarie St and into the desert of the eco rats.
Former RLPA secretary and Newcastle Knights prop, Tony Butterfield, fires up over dawn raids.
Dare to Win
The union movement has lost an inspirational leader of working men and women, writes Jeana Vithoulkas
Chapter Two - Tommy’s Tale.
Aussie Values DOA
It’s Not Cricket
Kim’s New Platforms
Reaping What You Sow
Roll Out the Tanks
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Let Tem Eat Cake!
Cleaners sold cake outside the Commonwealth Bank’s Melbourne head office this week to help them pay a decent contract for their cleaners.
The action was part of the LHMU's 'Clean Start - A Fair Go for Cleaners Campaign'
The cleaners are calling on major building owners to only use contractors that have signed Responsible Contractor Policies. Contractors who sign these agree to help lift hygiene standards and working conditions in the cleaning industry.
Numerous major cleaning contractors have now signed these policies, including ISS who employ 20,000 cleaners across Australia.
Currently, however, the Commonwealth uses contractors in central Melbourne who have not signed this policy: Consolidated Property Services and Eski Cleaning Services.
The LHMU Cleaners Union estimates the Commonwealth Bank would need to spend just 1 per cent extra of their rental return in their Melbourne headquarters to fix the problem.
" Just one per cent extra to use a good contractor -- it really is a piece of cake for the Commonwealth Bank not to tolerate poverty wages and falling hygiene standards inside their buildings," says LHMU Victorian Secretary Brain Daley.
"Cleaners deserve better and so do the Commonwealth Bank's workers, tenants and customers. And with profits of $3.93 billion last financial year, they can easily afford to keep their buildings clean."
For more on Clean Start, visit the LHMU
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