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Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Finance Sector Union national secretary Paul Schroder is standing between the big banks and a bucket of money.
Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Chris Christodoulou gives seven reasons why WorkChoices is bad for business
Unions: The IT Factor
The future of Australian IT looks grim as big companies lead the rush to India and China, writes Jackie Woods.
Politics: Bargain Basement
Simple principles of democracy underpin the ACTU's collective bargaining proposal, insists ACTU Secrteary Greg Combet.
Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Al Gore may be warning of climate breakdown, but what hope the truth when he's up against such a well-oiled machine? asks Paul Sheridan
Corporate: Two Sides
Bilateral trade agreements are a good idea � just ask the US multinationals. The rest of us should strongly disagree says Pat Ranald
International: Unfair Dismissals
Nearly 10,000 workers were fired for their trade union activities in 2005, an annual trade union survey shows.
History: A Stitch in Time
Neale Towart takes some lessons from female textile workers while considering the case for recognition ballots.
Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
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Childcare Giant Goes Union
Australia's biggest private childcare chain has negotiated a collective agreement for its workers in a move the union says will standardise conditions and help professionalise an industry dogged by poor pay and conditions.
The agreement, to be voted on next month, covers over 10,000 childcare workers at ABC Learning Centres around Australia.
"It's significant because it's collective, it replaces what's in place now which is a mix of federal awards, state awards and AWAs," said LHMU National Secretary Jeff Lawrence.
The agreement means pay rates established in a series of state-based wage hearings last year will be applied nationally, said Lawrence.
Several significant industry players, including ABC Learning, had resisted paying increases delivered in pay equity judgements.
In other key elements, ABC Learning has agreed to cover study costs for childcare workers and gives all childcare workers 'programming' time away from face-to-face care.
ABC Learning is the first major early childhood provider to cover study costs to their workforce as a result of union intervention, with the aim of making the industry more professional, Lawrence said.
Crucially, the agreement offers a means by which the union can continue to campaign on behalf of ABC employees.
"It's a framework to continue to discuss issues with ABC including structure of employment and job security, we'll continue to talk about those things," Lawrence said.
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