||Issue No. 327||06 October 2006|
The Road to Bangalore
Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Unions: The IT Factor
Politics: Bargain Basement
Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Corporate: Two Sides
International: Unfair Dismissals
History: A Stitch in Time
Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
It's a Goal - Compass Out-Pointed
They rolled a wage-cutting, condition-stripping contract lobbed up by international fast food conglomerate, Compass, by an overwhelming 50-13 scoreline.
Unions NSW assistant secretary, Mark Lennon, congratulated the casual SCG stadium staff on their stand.
"There is a lot of attention on the potential of AWAs to cut people's living standards, and rightly so," Lennon said. "But WorkChoices is full of instruments that give employers unprecedented powers.
"These contracts are another example.
"Despite hundreds of workers being disenfranchised, these people stood up to the company.
"The bottom line is Australian workers are savvy. They can smell a rat no matter how it is dressed up.'
All Leisure, the Compass division with the SCG and Footy Stadium contracts, agreed to negotiations with the LHMU Liquor Division over a new contract but then went ahead and put a unilateral contract in front of staff.
Its document would have stripped long service leave and overtime, reduced penalty rates and imposed a five-year wage freeze.
All Leisure sent it to a selected group of staff and demanded a ballot on their next working day, September 22.
After union objections, it extended the closing date to September 29.
Just 63 of All Leisure's 800 casual staff voted and Tara Moriarity, from the LHMU, says hundreds were never even informed of the ballot.
She said, Compass, traditionally, did not have the same union-busting, wage-cutting reputation as aggressive competitor Spotless.
"They told us other companies were doing this and they needed to compete," Moriarity said. "This is exactly what WorkChoices was designed to encourage.'
LHMU members will take their protest to this Wednesday's Australia-Bahrain soccer match at the Football Stadium. There will be a meeting before kick-off and the LHMU is asking fans to bring their own food as a gesture of solidarity.
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